Team India were whitewashed 2-1 by a resurgent Bangladesh team in the three-match ODI series, which the visitors managed to finish off thanks to a record double century by Ishan Kishan. The Indian cricket team will now look to switch gears to prepare themselves for red-ball cricket as the first Test against Bangladesh begins in Chattogram from Wednesday (December 14).
The Indian team will be led by KL Rahul while regular skipper Rohit Sharma was ruled out after dislocating his thumb in the second ODI against Bangladesh last week. Shubman Gill is expected to replace Rohit at the top of the order with stand-in captain Rahul.
India have promised to play attacking cricket, much like England’s ‘buzzball’ model that propelled them to a Test series win over Babar Azam’s Pakistan. India need to win at least 5 of the next 6 upcoming Tests, including the next two Tests against Bangladesh, to ensure a qualification spot in the World Test Championship final next year.
Apart from Mohammed Shami and captain Rohit, the Indian team is injured due to injury of Ravindra Jadeja. It will be interesting to see whether Jaydev Unadkat will make a comeback to Test cricket after a gap of 12 years. Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav will be expected to carry the pace bowling load while Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav will make up the team in the spin bowling department.
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