An indian squad which is no where near its full strength, with brodcasting issues back home has arrived in Bangladesh for the first match of the one day series.
One look at the team and anybody will surely say it is ‘squad B’. By resting the key players BBCI has tried to test the bench strength of the Indian squad for the one or two vacant positions in the line up.
This tour will be a decent opportunity for the players to show case their talent and be in the computation for selection.
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown is what Suresh Raina would be feeling about his third stint as the Indian team captain ahead of the first match.
Raina was dropped from the indian squad selected for the Asia Cup.
A run of 24 innings with only one half-century meant the weakness against short-pitched bowling had crept into his one-day performance.
His charisma was gone, his footwork was nervous and mind cluttered.
The situation had become so dire that Raina was struck with misgivings about his future.
But off late Raina has showed signs of coming back in form.
A typically savvy run in the IPL, culminating in a standout innings in the second qualifier would have ushered his confidence to the other end of the spectrum.
Robin Uthappa is on a comeback trail and his performance in IPL has put him in race for the ‘’half-vacant’’ opening slot ahead of 2015 World Cup while Ajinkya Rahane will look to be a regular member of team.
Manoj Tiwary would hope to repay selector’s faith and grab this opportunity to cement there position in the squad.
Coming to Bangladesh team, they are a decent side to play against in their own surroundings and they will be out to test the new Indian side.
Bangladesh Captain Mushfiqur Rahim was seen unhappy when the Indian team selected for the tour was declared, and commented that if they lost it would be Indian team which lost and not India A team.
Despite losing back-to-back ODI series at home, against Sri Lanka and the Asia Cup, Bangladesh have frequently served up surprises, including a thrashing of New Zealand last year. The last time Bangladesh beat India in an ODI was during the 2012 Asia Cup when the hosts sprung a surprise in a game that saw Sachin Tendulkar scoring his 100th international hundred.
The first match of the three one day internatinal series is to be played on 15th June 2014 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka.
Inspite of having a new team, India are clear favourites ahead of the first match on Sunday. But Bangladesh would be pumped up to put their best foot forward and win it for their fans.
India: Suresh Raina (captain), Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Parvez Rasool, Akshar Patel, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma and Amit Mishra.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain/wicketkeeper), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mithun Ali, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Sohag Gazi, Ziaur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed.