Neck to Neck: India vs Bangladesh


The crucial series between the World Cup quarter finalists and semifinalists, Bangladesh and India-respectively, is set to kick off on the 10th of June, 2015 in Bangladesh. The series will be inaugurated with a 5 day test, after which the teams move on to play 3 One Day Internationals (ODIs) across 2 weeks.

We call this series mammoth seeing the adjustments that have been made, primarily in terms of the crew.

After Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s abrupt retirement from test cricket during the tour of Australia, India’s then Vice Captain –Virat Kohli, was named the Skipper of test cricket for the country. Scoring 4 tons in 4 innings as debut test captain versus Australia- under immense pressure, I might add, you would’ve thought that the nation would be content with his captaincy. Instead, however, Virat Kohli is being incessantly criticized; if not for his ‘decreasing performance’ (although he scored over 500 runs in the IPL), then for his ‘rough’ attitude on the field. In my perspective, I suspect that people are having a tough time relinquishing the past. We all say that individuals shouldn’t be arbitrated by previous acts, then why are we?

Furthermore, in place of fast bowler, Mohammed Shami- who is currently recovering from a knee injury; Harbhajan Singh has been chosen to join the team. This too has been a hot topic of debate and discussion for cricket analysts. After being dropped from the Indian squad for 2 years; his performance in IPL season 8 demonstrated his proficiency to the selectors as well the public. On the contrary, having played only 3-first-class test matches during the Ranji Trophy and producing less than impressive results, Harbhajan Singh haven’t had nearly as much practice in other formats of cricket- including tests and ODI’s. Fans of Harbhajan Singh would propagate his talent by his performance in the Indian Premier League, overlooking the fact that T20 and Test or ODI layouts are essentially poles apart.

With KL Rahul and Wriddhiman Saha making their way back into the Indian team, we are sure to encounter various emerging players. MS Dhoni, despite his absence from the test squad will be playing the ODI’s in the series and we expect to see some ‘Mahi fireworks’.

Also, considering the previous outcomes like the test matches versus Bangladesh- where India have proved victorious in 6 out of 7 and their recent win in the ICC World Cup, I think that India has a fairly decent chance at winning this series too.

Meghna Gupta

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