BANGLADESH TOUR OF INDIA, 2019
Will it be a walk in the park for the Virat Kohli-led team? © AFP
Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for Day 1 of the first Test between India and Bangladesh in Indore.
The No. 1 Test side in the world, the table-toppers in the World Test Championship with 240 points – 180 more than the second best side. And they are the hosts as well, with a bowling attack that’s the envy of world cricket at the moment. The visitors are ranked ninth in Test cricket at the moment, with several off-field issues taking centre-stage for them in recent times. Can Bangladesh challenge the formidable Indian team or will the Indian bulldozer just roll over them, like it has done to other teams at home?
A recap of the last couple of months will also give you a fair idea of how well India have ticked absolutely every box that there is to be ticked. Sat in the opposite dressing room is the embodiment of adversity. But somehow, they choose to revel in it, writes Prakash Govindasreenivasan as he previews the opening Test.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque has stated his team will not lose sleep over the daunting prospect of playing India in their home conditions and is instead relishing the opportunity to measure their worth against the top-ranked team in the format.
On the other hand, all the talk from the Indian camp has been their preparations with the pink ball ahead of the second Test in Kolkata, which will be their maiden appearance in a Day-Night Test. Here’s what Ajinkya Rahane had to say.