India vs Bangladesh 1st Test 2019: Virat Kohli, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ajinkya Rahane & Other Key Players to Watch Out For in Indore
Virat Kohli, Mushfiqur Rahim and Ajinkya Rahane (Photo Credits: IANS/ Getty Images)

After the thrilling three-match T20I series, India and Bangladesh are set to tussle in whites. The first of the two-match Test series will start on November 14 at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. To date, India have been invincible against Bangladesh in the longest format of the game and are expected to continue their winning streak. On the other hand, the Bangla Tigers will want to overcome their 1-2 loss in the T20I series by bouncing back in Test matches. The match could witness some great individual performances from either side and below we will be focusing on five such players who can come good in Indore. India Vs Bangladesh, Cricket Score 1st Test Match.

The visitors will step into the upcoming series without the services of their star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan as he’s serving a two-year ban. Nevertheless, the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedy Hasan have proved their mettle in the longest format of the game and can put up a good show against the number one ranked Test side. For India, Virat Kohli will return after taking a breather from the T20I leg and the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will also possess a great challenge against the Bangla Tigers. Talking about the first test, let’s look at some key players who can shine in Indore. Tickets For India vs Bangladesh Day-Night Kolkata Test 2019: Check Price, Match Timing Details of Historic IND vs BAN D/N 2nd Test Match at Eden Gardens.

Virat Kohli

The Indian skipper will be roaring to come back on the field after a brief break. The Indore pitch has generally favoured the batsman and the veteran can take full advantage of the conditions. Kohli mustered a blistering double-ton when these two sides last locked horns in whites and visitors will vary off that. The star batsman is currently placed at the second position in the Test batting rankings and will eye to go at the pinnacle in the upcoming series.

Mushfiqur Rahim

Just like Kohli, Rahim also reached the three-figure mark in the last Test and is very much familiar with the Indian conditions. The wicket-keeper was also the chief architect of Bangladesh’s historic victory in the first T20I and will seek to replicate his heroics in the opening Test too. He will also have the onus to tackle the Ashwin-Jadeja duo with the old ball and let’s see how he handles that challenge.

Ajinkya Rahane

The Indian vice-captain registered a century in the last two Test series he played and will eye to get a big score against Bangladesh too. Rahane, who bats at number five for India, has a great appetite for runs and he puts a great prize on his wicket. His highest Test score of 188 runs also came in this ground and the right-handed will aim to put up a similar show this time around.

Mehidy Hasan

The young off-spinner has become a vital cog in the Bangladesh Test side and will lead the bowling department in the two-match affair. Hasan, who has 89 Test wickets from 20 clashes and has the chance to become the fastest Bangladeshi bowler to reach the landmark of 100 Test wickets. Along with his bowling skills, the 22-year old is also a handy batsman lower down the order and can aggregate some crucial runs as well.

Ravichandran Ashwin

There was no chance that Ashwin could have missed this list. The off-spinner has been a great asset for the Indian Test team at home and will look to ran through the opposition batting line-up in the upcoming clash. The spin maestro was at his premium best in the India vs South Africa Test series as he claimed 15 scalps in three clashes and was the leading wicket-taker of the series. Ashwin took 13 wickets in his last Test outing at the Holkar Stadium and can well replicate his heroics again.

India are leading the charts in the ICC Test Championship points table and have been unbeatable in the championship till now. On the other hand, Bangladesh faced a thumping defeat against Afghanistan in their last Test and will seek redemption.