February 9th 2017 will mark a golden in the history of Bangladesh cricket as their team will play a Test match on the Indian soil for the first time. Even though the visitors have come a long in the ODI and T20 format since the 2015 ICC World Cup, they are yet to replicate that performance in the longer format and odds are that it isn’t going to happen against India at Hyderabad.
The major reason for that is the difference in the quality of both the sides. India have some highly talented players and proven match-winners in captain Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja but the same cannot be said about the opposition. There is no doubt that this is probably the golden generation of Bangladesh cricket but no other player than opener Tamim Iqbal and all-rounder Shakib al Hasan could be labelled as a genuine match-winner.
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In fact, both in the Test series against England at home and against New Zealand away, Bangladesh failed to capture crucial moments and ended up losing matches. Surprisingly, Bangladesh have won only 8 Test matches since they started playing the format but India won 9 Tests in 2016 itself. However, there is more than player’s failure behind visitor’s failure in the white dress.
For most part of the 21st century Bangladesh was considered as minnows despite earning a Test status. Most sides don’t even play Test cricket against them considering them too weak abut to their defence, a team gets better only when they get to play more matches against the stronger sides. Their captain Mushfiqur Rahim made his Test debut in 2005 but has appeared in just 51 Tests while Alastair Cook who made his Test debut in 2006 has already 140 Tests.
Even Indian captain Virat Kohli who made his Test debut in 2011, has played 53 Test matches. The inexperience is itself going to Bangladesh’s biggest challenge when they take the field against Virat Kohli’s men at Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium and they will have to be on top of their game to avoid an innings defeat.