Expectations Up From Virat Kohli-Led Playing XI against Bangladesh on Foreign Soil

May 29 08:47 2015

virat odiNew Delhi, Friday, May 29 – Indian team will land on Bangladesh’s soil next month for a tour to play only Test match against the hosts at Narayanganj Osmani Stadium in Fatullah and 3-match One-Day International series at Shere Bangla, Mirpur to be held from June 10 to June 24.

The ODI will be captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who believes in keeping the calm and handle the pressure in his own ways. His proclamation about retirement late last year made Virat Kohli to take his place and fulfill the role and responsibility of a captain. He is on track to impart his duty is a perfect manner but that is gonna take a bit time. If future of Indian cricket team is to be secured then youngsters will have to utilize the experience they earned from time to time.

Since the test team is to be led by him, strategies are needed to be made. Despite the fact that Bangladesh might not be a bigger threat for them and India may think of defeating them easily, the Tigers must be eying to hone their skills and learn as much as at this phase to get stronger with each passing year.

Without a doubt, the team that shocked everyone by thrashing the men in blue in 2007 World Cup has grown a lot. The confidence they earned in these many years started to give best results. Bangladesh recently inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Pakistan, making countrymen jump in joy and celebrate the first ever series win on the contenders. Some individual blitz and the attitude of staying united to achieve the common goal helped budding Bangladesh to send a message to all cricket groups not to consider them an underdog squad given that end results might differ what none would have ever thought.

Bangladesh not only ended Indian camp’s stint in the cricket carnival, but also taught them a lesson of life and that was not to make mistake of considering anyone less capable. Overconfidence and lack of concentration towards the assigned job left team India in sheer shock, leaving no option other than to pack their bags and board the next flight to home. In spite of the fact that Dhoni’s men took revenge against Bangladesh in this year’s World Cup and reached up to semi-finals, defeats like what they faced 8 years ago are sometimes hard to forget.

In their ‘soon to start’ tour to Bangladesh, Indian side can think of moving ahead with full confidence which really works in bigger encounters. Kohli is an aggressive player and this is visible in his play as well. But more than a few changes have been observed in him as well since the Delhi boy showed some calm on the field while guiding the team to make most of the opportunity that knocked their doors. Eyes will surely be going to be on 26-year-old Kohli, who himself got the scope of learning a lot from Dhoni, who pulled off during many occasions even when everything came down to him.

Harbhajan Singh will be a cricketer who will be the point of focus in the Test match as he got his spot back in the team thanks to good contribution from Mumbai Indians’ side in lately concluded Indian Premier League. This chance after a couple of years needs some impressive performance from the spinner who is world popular as the Turbanator for the kind of bowling he does. Murali Vijay could be a game changer given that he imparts essential role in giving India a good start. Shikhar Dhawan could capitalize on upcoming break as he could practice on how to stay on the crease for long, give up erratic show and let opponents strive to earn his wicket, which shouldn’t be thrown as what he did in the semi-finals against Australia, giving rivals the breakthrough which surely put burden on middle and lower order batsmen.

Responsibilities are going to be shifted on the shoulders of Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul, Karn Sharma, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara. How their abilities are accumulated to stay outstanding will be a must watch thing for the viewers who always do their utmost to catch the action live.

Test skipper Kohli will be required to stay focused and contribute in the squad’s success both as an individual and a captain. The more positive a person is, the more it is easy for him to balance the team against all odds. Combination of the batsmen and bowlers will be imperative. The key motto behind calling Harbhajan in after a long span of time is to make best use of his abilities against the plethora of left-handed batsmen in the Bangladesh camp. In the nutshell, best results are anticipated with no shortage of talent in the Indian team. Let us wait and watch whether Kohli and Dhoni make India proud in different formats or make a blunder on any part to give opponents a chance to gain foothold.