History, current ICC ranking and statistics keep India miles ahead of the Tigers, especially in longer-version cricket. But India head coach Anil Kumble is in no mood to take chances against Bangladesh as the Tigers get ready for the one-off Test match in Hyderabad, beginning Thursday.
In the past few years, Bangladesh have progressed remarkably in the limited-overs and are showing signs of improvement in Tests too, especially at home. This includes the Tigers' maiden Test win against England when the European outfit toured Bangladesh last year.
Having gone down 1-0 after losing the first Test by 22 runs, the Tigers bounced back strong, winning the second game by 108 runs to level the series. Their latest win captured the imagination of the cricket world.
And despite Bangladesh losing all eight games in their tour of New Zealand, Kumble believes the Tigers would pose a test of the credentials of the world's number one ranked Test outfit.
“We would like to take every team the same way in terms of what they bring to the table. Bangladesh (are) a very improved side now. They have had a good outing in New Zealand, although the results (were) different. But Bangladesh, I think, going to New Zealand and doing what they did, we certainly respect the opposition,” Kumble told the media at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Tuesday.
“We would like to measure our own performances and then treat every game in that fashion, rather than look at the opposition. If we can continue to do that, the results will come our way. Bangladesh (have) some quality players and good all-rounders so it is going to be an interesting contest,” he said.
The Indians are highly motivated going into the solitary Test, thanks to their 4-0 series win over England at home recently. They also won the subsequent ODI and T20I series'.
“We would like to look at it as a continuation from where we left off against England. It’s been a good home season so far. Would like to take confidence from that and build on it because we have a few more Test matches. Bangladesh have done really well against New Zealand in the recent past and we will try to look at what we can do and continue to measure what we have achieved as well,” said the former legendary Indian spinner.
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Kumble celebrates after taking his 10th wicket against Pakistan in the historic Test match in Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla INTERNET
Tuesday was the 18th anniversary of Kumble’s “Perfect Ten” performance against Pakistan. On February 7, 1999, Kumble became only the second bowler in the history of Test cricket to take all 10 wickets in an innings. Riding on his 10/74, India thrashed arch-rival Pakistan by 212 runs in Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla.
Former England off-spinner Jim Laker was the first to reach the milestone.
"Eighteen years ago, when I sat in the dressing room (before) going out to bowl, I never thought that I would pick up 10 wickets. It's one of those things which happens. It is nice to celebrate anniversaries of cricketing milestones," said Kumble, when reminded of his remarkable achievement.