BCCI have announced the squad for upcoming one-off Test against Bangladesh and it is Abhinav Mukund who has been recalled for the match as he will be the third opener in the 16 man squad.
Mukund who plays as an opener for Tamil Nadu has made a comeback to the national squad for the one-off test against Bangladesh. He is a left-handed batsman who has played five Test matches for the national side and scored 211 runs at an average of 21.10. Mukund’s highest score is 62 and he played his last test against England in Nottingham, played from July 29-August 1, 2011.
Talking about his domestic performance then this Tamil Nadu opener had to his name a triple-century, hundreds on Ranji and Irani Trophy debuts and a quadruple-century opening stand with India’s back-up Test opener, M Vijay. Also Read: Virat Kohli’s wicket will be one of the biggest achievements in my life, says Kamrul Islam Rabbi
Talking about other players, then Wriddhiman Saha has also been included in the team to play the role of wicketkeeper and batsmen. His inclusion has led to the ouster of Parthiv Patel. Saha is currently in form and recently he scored the match-winning double century in the Irani Cup. Till now Saha has scored 733 runs in 30 test innings, for the national side. He has an average of 28.19 and the strike rate of 43.42.
Considering his recent for, Shikhar Dhawan has been left out and Ajinkya Rahane will be the one to replace him. Four pacers who have been included in the team are Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya, while the four spinners in the squad are- R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, and Jayant Yadav. Also Read: Amitabh Chaudhary, BCCI joint secretary, barred from conducting selection meeting
Last time when India and Bangladesh played the Test match, was in 2015 and it was India who toured Bangladesh. The tour consisted of one Test match and three One-Day International (ODI) matches. In the one-off Test, India won the toss and chose to bat but the match was interrupted by rain and it finished in a draw. However, both the teams already completed their first innings till that time.
The Men in Blue scored 462 runs in the first innings and the opening pair of Murli Vijay and Shikar Dhawan scored 150 runs and 173 runs respectively to give India a good start. However, Indian middle order failed to capitalise on that start as Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli failed to add much to the scoreboard before getting out. It was then Ajinkya Rahane who came to bat at number five position and scored 98 runs to take help India to take a comfortable lead. Visiting side then declared their innings at the score of 462 runs and with 6 wickets down.
In response to India, Bangladesh scored 256 runs in total and they were all out in 65.5 overs. It was Ashwin who bagged 5-qwickets haul and destroyed Bangladesh in their first innings. Bangladesh then once again came out to bat on day 5 but most of the first session on day 5 was lost because of rain and the match ended in a draw. Also Read: India vs England 3rd T20I Preview: IND-ENG eye series win at Bengaluru
This time India will be the host and it will be the first time Bangladesh will be playing a test in India. Match will take place at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. The match will be played from Feb 09, Thu to Feb 13, Mon. It will commence at 9:30 AM IST.
Indian Squad: Virat Kohli (c), Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane., Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra, Abhinav Mukund, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya.