About the Match
The last time India played against Bangladesh in Bangladesh in a test match, Virender Sehwag claimed Bangladesh's bowling lacks sting to take 20 wickets. A lot has change since then. Bangladesh has emerged as a better team overall; reaching quarter-final in World Cup and then beating Pakistan 3-0, that was the limited overs format though. The real test of the home test begins on 10th June 2015 at Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah when India play against them in the only test match of the tour. India is currently placed at number three in ICC rankings and a victory will keep them there, but a loss will take them to number 7 and a draw would keep them just above England and Pakistan apart from the bottom three. This will be the first tour where Virat is sent as first choice skipper and it will be a test for him too. It will be tough for the team without MSD, especially against a side which has risen so much in the recent past. I will be an interesting encounter and it remains to be seen if Bangladesh can tackle the Indian batting prowess and take the attack to them.
India's record hasn't been great when touring in while clothing. In fact, it has been remarkably poor. That, however, has been the case when they've traveled outside Asia. They lost 4-0 to Australia before the World Cup and Kohli took over the captaincy. It is his first assignment as a regualar skipper for India. This young Indian side has showed the glimpses of class despite several failures in England, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Virat Kohli has played a few brilliant innings and is a major threat for any bowling attack in the world. Rahane and Rohit have been in fine form and would love to make a mark in batting friendly conditions. While their batting has done fairly well, the bowling has proved to be their Achilles' heel more often than not. Harbhajan Singh has been brought back to strengthen the spin department and will provide much needed experience to the attack. Yadav can be very sharp when he is in rhythm and can be a lethal force to deal with. India has always been a tough team to face and if their batting performs to the standards set by them and their bowlers complement them, there's no stopping this side.
Bangladesh has emerged from being minnows to worthy opponents and would really cherish the fact. Their greatest test now visits them in the form of full-force Indian squad ready to take them on. Bangladesh has proved itself time and against the the two shorter formats of the game, but quite often they have been caught off-guard in the longest version. Shakib al Hasan is a fine all-rounder who will play a crucial role and a lot will depend upon him. Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal are in good form and are expected to score heavily at their home ground. Their bowling is a cause of concern, especially against the heavy Indian batting lineup. Rubel Hossain impressed everyone with his pace in the recent times. Taskin Ahmed too bowled brilliantly in the WC and in the recently concluded series against Pakistan. Overall, Bangladeshi Tigers are worthy opponents and can really take the game away if taken lightly.
It will be the beginning of Asian battle on Wednesday and it will be interesting to see who takes the one-off match. A lot is at stake as for tourists as far as ICC rankings are concerned. Bangladesh have emerged as a strong unit in colored clothing and would love to show their mettle with the red-ball as well. India, on the other hand, has always been a force to reckon with in subcontinent conditions. Spinners will play a crucial role, especially after third day and considering the teams on paper, past performances, experience and form, India clearly go in as firm favorites.