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New looking Tigers face stiffest challenge

  • Published at 10:47 pm November 13th, 2019
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Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo makes a point during training in Indore Wednesday AFP

It will mark the start of a new era for Bangladesh cricket as Mominul Haque will lead the side for the first time and the assignment could not have been tougher for the diminutive man who will miss the services of experienced campaigners Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal against the formidable Indians in their own backyard.

Bangladesh are set to enter into the World Test Championship battle Thursday as their first Test of the two-match series against host India commences at Holkar Stadium.

It will mark the start of a new era for Bangladesh cricket as Mominul Haque will lead the side for the first time and the assignment could not have been tougher for the diminutive man who will miss the services of experienced campaigners Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal against the formidable Indians in their own backyard. 

India are currently the No 1-ranked Test team in the ICC ranking and their recent performances in the Test arena are impressive to say the least. 

The men in blue have just whitewashed South Africa 3-0 in their last series at home last month and all of their key players are in good form.

India’s pace attack has improved quite significantly in recent years and has become their forte. 

Even in the recently concluded series against the Proteas, who are historically brilliant against fast bowling, Indian pace triumvirate Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma decimated the opposition. 

India skipper Virak Kohli hinted at the pre-match press conference that his side are likely to play with three front-line seamers. 

That means Bangladesh have to tackle a quality pace attack along with world-class spinners in the shape of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

But Mominul is considering this as a good opportunity for them show their mettle.  

“When we play against this kind of quality pacers we don’t think about it as a threat. It will be a good challenge and opportunity for everyone. I always think like that. I don’t think it will be a threat. We have to overcome the challenge and enjoy the opportunity,” Mominul said during the pre-game presser at Holkar Stadium Wednesday.

“Obviously the series is important for us. This is the first time we are playing a complete series in India. I think it’s a great opportunity for everyone and all the players are preparing well to get a good start,” he added.

Bangladesh need to shift their focus to Tests quickly as seven players from the Test squad were also part of the T20I team that lost the three-match series in this tour. 

Bangladesh did not even play any practice game as there was no scheduled match before the Test series. 

But Mominul believes lack of match practice will not be a big problem for Bangladesh as most of the players have played quite a few four-day games back home in similar type of conditions.

“I don’t think there is any lack of preparation. If you look into our squad then you will see eight of the players have played quite a few four-day games recently. I have played eight to 10 four-day games in the last five-six months. Every player was among matches recently so I don’t think it will be a big problem,” Mominul said.

So far only one Test has been staged at this ground and India won that match comfortably against New Zealand by 321 runs back in 2016.

The pitch is expected to assist pacers in the early hours on day one, and could then become a good batting track.

Bangladesh may play two pacers, Abu Jayed and Ebadat Hossain and two spinners only so that they may accommodate an extra batsman.