Bangladesh head coach optimistic of their chances in the upcoming one off Test against India

Bangladesh celebrates taking the final wicket of Steven Finn to win the second Test match against England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Bangladesh is all set to face India in the one-off historic Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium starting from 9th January and the Bangla Tigers are up for the Indian challenge. They have performed pretty well in their previous few Tests and won their first Test against England in the bilateral series at home. Bangladesh head coach Chanila Hathurusingha stated that though India is an experienced lot but Bangladesh are not far behind. He also added that the batsmen have to be careful in their shot selection in India.

“In India, it will be more challenging for the batsmen. It will not be an easy task at all. It is needed to be careful in mindset and shots selection. We have a practice match there and some practice sessions. We will try to be ready as much as possible. But the fact is, the condition of India is similar to Bangladesh. We will try to adjust quickly,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Observer.


He feels that Bangladesh will pose a good fight to India who is currently the No.1 team in the latest ICC Test Rankings. “Naturally we will feel happy if we can win. But it is tough to play touring India. Record is saying that. But we are also confident that we can fight well playing better as we are improving in Test day by day,” the head coach added.

Hathurusingha was happy with the fact that Bangladesh will play their maiden Test on Indian soil since their first Test against the same opposition way back in 2000. “We have nothing to do here. I am thinking the positive side more than thinking about we will play only one Test. We are going there with the mentality that we get the chance to play a Test in India for the first time.”

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Acknowledging the fact that India has some quality spinners in their ranks, the head coach said that despite this fact Bangladesh is not lagging behind as they have some quality in their ranks too which can create some serious problem to the Indian batsmen.

“India have very good spinners. Ashwin is very experienced, number one in ranking. They have two more quality spinners. But this does not mean our spinners are not good. Our spinners are also skilful. We have Shakib, Miraz and Taijul, they are doing great in Test. Yes, they (India) are more experienced, it not means we are lagging behind,” Hathurusingha concluded.