After the T20 World Cup tournament, international cricket will focus more on the ODI World Cup and the World Test Championship. Because of the same reason, Team India is currently touring Bangladesh for a three-match ODI series and two-match test series.
In the first edition of the World Test Championship, India reached the final stage but lost the game to New Zealand. The two-match Test series will be important for Team India to gain some points in the WTC point table.
As per the current standings, Australia and South Africa are leading the WTC table. India are currently in the fourth spot behind Sri Lanka.
SWOT Analysis of Team India’s Test Squad
BCCI and the selection committee have announced the 16-man Test squad that will travel to Bangladesh. We have done a detailed SWOT analysis of Team India considering the recent performance of each player. For some great odds for India vs Bangladesh series visit these cricket betting websites.
Team India will play the Test format after 5 months as they played their last Test against England in July. A lot of things have changed in the squad and since their last Test, Team India’s spin attack has come out as their strength.
R Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav are part of the 16-men squad and will be expected to mark their presence. Their third partner will be Ravindra Jadeja who is making a comeback after facing an injury time and will be motivated to do a good job in the longest format of the game.
Bangladesh pitches are known to favour spin attack and the trio will get the benefit of the same.
Overall, there are two weaknesses of team India in the announced squad. First is their batting lineup where skipper Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Shreyas Iyer have turned out to be inconsistent in the Test format.
Kohli has made his comeback in the T20 format but he is yet to make an impact in the Test and ODI match expectations are high from Shreyas Iyer but his inconsistency in the ODI format says something else.
The whole team will be dependent on Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill to play big innings against Bangladesh.
Another weakness for team India is their pace attack. Mohammed Shami’s injury and Jasprit Bumrah’s absence have made team India’s pace attack more dependent on some new faces. There is always a probability that those new faces might not be able to perform.
Cheteshwar Pujara is an opportunity for team India as he has played exceptionally well in the Test format and county cricket. If used at the right time, Pujara can change the whole game against any kind of attack from the Bangladesh squad.
Tables have turned for Pujara as he was on the verge of not getting selected for the Test format but the right-handed batsman has worked hard on himself and has revived his game. Pujara should be included in the playing XI as he is experienced and can handle the deadly spin attack of Bangladesh.
The biggest threat for team India is the inconsistent middle order which includes Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. Shreyas Iyer is unpredictable but Rishabh Pant has become a major pain for team India as he has failed in all the formats of the game.
Pant’s Test records are much better than the white-ball format and hence the expectations will be high from the left-hander. Ravindra Jadeja will be at the lower order but he is making a comeback after injury time and will be under pressure to perform.
Pant and Iyer will have to hold their positions to take the team at the winning score. You can read more news on Bangladesh vs India and other Sports News.