India are currently the number one Test team in the current ICC Test ranking and are in impressive form. They have whitewashed South Africa at home just a month ago and handed the visitors innings defeats in last two Tests
India vice captain Ajinkya Rahane said they are not taking Bangladesh lightly before their two-match Test series which will start from Thursday.
India are currently the number one Test team in the current ICC Test ranking and are in impressive form. They have whitewashed South Africa at home just a month ago and handed the visitors innings defeats in last two Tests.
Bangladesh are currently ninth in the ranking and recently they lost to Afghanistan at home. Tigers will be without their two most players- Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal- in the upcoming series.
But India skipper is focusing on their own game plan and believes Bangladesh will come hard to them.
Ajinkya Rahane: Our focus during the practice session was to see the sweep & swing and play closer to our bodies. So yes, we had productive practice sessions. But right now, the focus is on upcoming test match (first test match between India and Bangladesh) which is with red ball https://t.co/7m1zyS4NTb— ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2019
“Bangladesh are a very good team. They compete or play as a team or as a unit. We always focus on our strengths rather than thinking about the opponents. We respect them but it’s important to play to our strengths. We completely respect the Bangladesh team and going to play to our strength rather than thinking about theirs,” said Rahane to media at Holkar Cricket stadium in Indore yesterday.
“We won't take Bangladesh lightly. I am sure Bangladesh will come really hard at us, and they will give their best to win this Test match and the Test series. For us it is really important that we focus on our strengths to stay in the present. Let's not look in the past, what happened against South Africa. I think every series comes with a different challenge; Bangladesh comes with a different challenge. We're going to respect that and we're going to play to our strengths.
#OnThisDay in 2000, Bangladesh played India in their first-ever Test ☝️— ICC (@ICC) November 10, 2019
They notched up a 400-run total in the first innings, as Aminul Islam became their maiden Test centurion 💯
Bangladesh have played in 115 Tests now, and will soon take on India in a two-match series! pic.twitter.com/DdZmz2eyyx
There were lots of questions in the press conference regarding the second Test in Kolkata, which will be a day night affair. This is the first time both Bangladesh and India are playing a day-night Test match and will compete with the pink ball. While answering all these questions Rahane concluded that they are focusing on Indore Test first, then they will plan about the day-night Test.
“With (World) Test Championship every match is equally important. We like to take one game at a time which is Indore now. We are focusing on this Test and then we’ll think about Kolkata,” Rahane Concluded.