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Bangladesh v India - Which team has the height advantage

India has the slight advantage in terms of height as the average height of the Indian players is 178.52cm, compared to Bangladesh's 173.56cm

Update : 04 Oct 2021, 12:54 PM

Bangladesh have got off to a winning start in the Saff Championship 2021 after they edged Sri Lanka 1-0 in the tournament opener at National Football Stadium in Male, Maldives Friday, reports Goal.com.

They will next go up against India Monday.

In their previous encounter with the Blue Tigers, they were defeated 2-0 courtesy of a brace from Sunil Chhetri.

So this time they will have a  point to prove against Igor Stimac's men.

But do they have enough firepower?

Goal.com tried to find out which team have players with better height and in this aspect, India clearly have an advantage over their neighbors. 

Oscar Bruzon's first-choice keeper, Anisur Rahman Zico (175cm), might be known for his reflexes and agility but he is leagues behind India's Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (198cm) as far as their height and reach are concerned.

Similarly in defence, if Stimac chooses to field a three-man backline with Pritam Kotal/Rahul Bheke, Chinglensana Singh and Subhasish Bose, India can dominate aerially against Bangladesh's forwards Suman Reza and Biplo Ahmed who are just 165cm and 167cm respectively.

However in midfield, the Bangla Tigers might have a slight advantage as they have the likes of Atiqur Rahman (177cm), Rakib Hossain (175cm), and Jamal Bhuiyan (173cm) who are taller than their Indian counterparts of Anirudh Thapa (169cm), Brandon Fernandes (167cm), and Suresh Singh (170cm).

But if Glan Martins (183cm) is given a start then the Goan can be a towering presence in the center of the park. 

In attack, the scales once again tilt towards India.

Although Chhetri (170cm) is not one of the taller players on the pitch, his aerial abilities are well documented.

Whereas Manvir Singh (188cm) is taller than any of the other Bangladeshi defenders.

Even if Rahim Ali (179cm) takes the field on the left wing, he will be a handful for right-back Bishwanath Ghosh who stands at 165cm. 

So it will not be surprising if India dominate the aerial duels on the field as they have taller players on the roster and the average squad height is significantly better than the opposition.

Goal.com has compared the height of each player of the respective squads in the tables below.

Goalkeepers

India

Height

Bangladesh

Height

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu198 cmAnisur Rahman Zico 175 cm
Vishal Kaith188 cmShahidul Alam Sohel 191 cm
Dheeraj Singh184 cmAshraful Islam Rana180 cm
Average Height190 cmAverage Height182 cm

Defenders

India

Height

Bangladesh

Height

Pritam Kotal179 cmTopu Barman183 cm
Rahul Bheke 180cmBishwanath Ghosh165 cm
Chinglensana Singh186 cmRahmat Miah170 cm
Mandar Rao Dessai170 cmTariq Raikhan Kazi179 cm
Subhasish Bose186 cmRiyadul Hasan Rafi173 cm
Seriton Fernandes174 cmYasin Arafat170 cm
Average Height179 cmRezaul Karim170 cm
----------Tutul Hossain Badshah183 cm
  Average Height174 cm

Midfielders

India

Height

Bangladesh

Height

Udanta Singh170 cmSohel Rana175 cm
Brandon Fernandes167 cmJamal Bhuiyan173 cm
Lalengmawia177 cmMohammad Hridoy173 cm
Anirudh Thapa
169 cmSaad Uddin175 cm
Sahal Abdul Samad176 cmRakib Hossain175 cm
Glan Martins183 cmAtiqur Rahman Fahad177 cm
Jeakson Singh186 cmAverage Height174.66 cm
Suresh Singh170 cm--------
Liston Colaco178 cm--------
Yasir Mohammad169 cm--------
Average Height174.5 cm--------

Forwards

India

Height

Bangladesh

Height

Manvir Singh188 cmBiplo Ahamed167 cm
Rahim Ali179 cmMahbubur Rahman165 cm
Sunil Chhetri170 cmMohammad Ibrahim173 cm
Farukh Choudhary180 cmMatin Miah165 cm
Average Height179.25 cmSuman Reza165 cm
--------Jewel Rana170 cm
--------Average Height167.5 cm

Source: Goal.com

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