Bangladesh’s Big Chance To Make A Mark

The so-called historic test is due to begin tomorrow, where Bangladesh will take on India in the only test in India for the first time since attaining their test status. It will be a battle against a team who are in superb form on their turf. They have dismantled Kiwi’s and England here quite easily. 

Bangladesh, on the other hand, had a mixture of results in the last couple of months. They came so close to beating England in the first test but couldn’t go over the line. They came back strongly in the second test to create history. The results were at home, though. On their travel to Kiwiland, they have shown their class in patches. They were brilliant one day and were awful the next. To win a match – consistency is the key. The team lacked that in New Zealand.

The same was evident in the practice match played against India A. They played well in patches and weren’t consistent enough. Something they need to turn around quickly to have any chance against India. The quality is there but the consistency isn’t – it’s time to show it on the cricket ground. Bangladeshi players need to give it all and perform their best. They have to keep up with the words of their captain – We want to play in such a way that India invites again and again.’ 

The senior players need to take this opportunity by the scruff of the neck and lead the way. It is evident that Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar will pair up to open the batting as Imrul Kayes has been ruled out of the test due to a thigh injury. Mominul Haque did not have the best of run in the warm-up game but his quality is next to none. Expect him to continue with the number 3 role. Mushfiqur Rahim should take in the number 4 role followed by Sabbir Rahman and Shakib-al-Hasan. Mahmudullah has to be dropped due to his poor form and replaced by the in-form wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das. Liton, has been picked in the squad for his brilliant performance in first class cricket, it would not make sense to pick him in the squad just to bench him. Mushfiqur Rahim should concentrate on his captaincy and batting, leaving the keeping with Liton Das.

With keeping the condition in mind, it is likely that Bangladesh will pick 2 seamers and depend on spinners to do most of the damage. Mehedi Hasan and Taijul will back Shakib in the spin department – who would be expected to do the majority of the bowling. Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Taskin Ahmed are the 2 seamers likely to be playing the match ahead of Shafiul Islam and Shubashish Roy.

Green&Red Tigers line-up for the match is as follow –

  1. Tamim Iqbal
  2. Soumya Sarkar
  3. Mominul Haque
  4. Mushfiqur Rahim (c)
  5. Sabbir Rahman
  6. Shakib-Al-Hasan
  7. Liton Kumar Das (wk)
  8. Mehedi Hasan
  9. Taijul Islam
  10. Kamrul Islam Rabbi
  11. Taskin Ahmed

However, Green&Red Tigers are not responsible for the picking up the team in the real world. The BCB probable XI is as follow –

  1. Tamim Iqbal
  2. Soumya Sarkar
  3. Mominul Haque
  4. Mahmudullah Riyad
  5. Shakib-Al-Hasan
  6. Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk)
  7. Sabbir Rahman
  8. Mehedi Hasan
  9. Taijul Islam
  10. Kamrul Islam Rabbi
  11. Taskin Ahmed

Bangladesh will be facing a big test against the number one side in test cricket.  India is likely to be victorious in this test match but all the pressure will be on them too as well. Bangladesh is the underdog here. There is nothing to fear other than to play proper cricket. There is no alternative other than to be patient and work hard. If a 100% focused Bangladesh team takes the field then we are up for a treat. 

Wishing Bangladesh Cricket Team all the best. #ComeonBangladesh

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  1. Mostly agree with the Green&Red 11 although I would play a 3rd seamer (Subashish) and drop Taijul. If spin is to play it’s part, Shakib and Miraz is sufficient especially when the opposition are expert players at spin. I think Subashish and Rabbi could add something different with reverse swing and ofcourse Taskin with the extra yard of pace.

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