Hosts India will be raring to extend their uninterrupted winning run in the ICC World Test Championships as they play host to Bangladesh at the Holker Stadium in Indore in the first match of the Two-Test series.
Virat Kolhi is back, fresh from a short break during the three T20 Internationals between the two teams. The only team with an all-win record in the ICC World Test Championships so far, India are well poised to maintain what they have achieved in the West Indies and at home against South Africa in the World Test Championship series they have played till date.
India, having won each of their first five Tests in the World Test Championship, are well positioned to extend the feat that no other team has been able to accomplish ever since the ICC World Test Championship 2019-2021 calendar has come into effect.
The Kohli-led No. 1 Test team on the ICC rankings have opened up a yawning gap atop the WTC points table, having scored 240 from two series. Next best New Zealand and Sri Lanka are tied at 60 each.
Bangladesh, starting their ICC Test Championship cycle, are up against the overall might of the home team that has one of the most formidable batting line-ups in contemporary cricket; a new ball attack worthy of ripping apart any combine and the spinners who rely more on their skills than the pitch.
The series presents a great opportunity for the new opening combination of Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal to consolidate themselves further atop the Indian batting order in white flannels. The duo has aggregated 829 runs between themselves in the three-Test home series against South Africa last month.
Ajinkya Rahane, skipper Kohli, Cheteswar Pujara in the middle order make the Indian batting line-up impregnable.
However, as the two teams look for transition from the white ball cricket following a three-match T20I series the preparations have primarily been centred around the pink balls, which will be in place for the second Test at the Eden Garden, the first day-night Test match in India.
Bangladesh will be missing their senior most players in Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. New skipper Mominul Haque, the best Bangladesh batsman last year with 673 runs from 15 innings, will have to lead from the front. The tea will also be expecting seasoned pro Mushfiqur Rahim to live up to his high rating.
Bangladesh have pulled up a surprise in the T20I series opener, shocking the hosts for a 1-0 lead. The psychological edge has since been lost after India bounced back to win the next two to wrest the series.
The weather in Indore is expected to be clear and sunny during the course of the Test. The spinners can expect good assistance from the pitch as the game progresses. There are reports of a green top wicket to begin with. The new ball bowlers will be keen to exploit the conditions first.
India: Virat Kohli (capt.), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.
Bangladesh: Mominul Haque (capt.), Abu Jayed, Al-Amin Hossain, Ebadot Hossain, Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Nayeem Hasan, Saif Hassan, Shadman Islam and Taijul Islam.
The match at the Hokar Stadium in Indore will start at 9:30 am.
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