The road to the next World Cup starts with a small travel to Bangladesh. A superb series against Pakistan, in which the tourists were completely outplayed in every department of the game which produced 3-0 ODI series victory to the hosts Bangladesh. But facing the Indian batsmen in familiar conditions will not be easy and Bangladesh will hope that their players step up and perform well. Here is a list of batsman from both sides that could light up the India’s tour of Bangladesh.
Before the World Cup, Shikhar Dhawan was losing his form but the long tour of Australia did bring the best of Dhawan in the World Cup, where he scored 412 runs in 8 matches with 2 centuries. He managed to take that form through to the 8th edition of Indian Premier League and scored a lot playing alongside Warner, who took the Purple Cap in the recently concluded IPL. Dhawan will be waiting to add to his impressive records in this short series and will be a player to watch out in the tour.
Fresh from his first double ton in test cricket against Pakistan before a month ago, Tamim Iqbal will be one of the key players in the Bangladesh team who would want to continue their form against India. He had a good World Cup but failed against India after a good start of 25 and will be waiting to prove that he is better than that in this series. This would make him one of the players to watch out for in the tour.
One of the brightest stars for Bangladesh in the recent World Cup at Australia is Mahmudullah, who could not perform well against the Indians in the quarter-final and will be anxious to play against them in the series. He did not do much in the recent series against Pakistan but his knocks in the World Cup knocked England out of the Cup and almost took his team to a victory against the hosts New Zealand. He would surely be a player to watch out for in the series.
With 692 runs in the Australian series before the World cup, the new Test skipper of Team India, Virat Kohli averages 51.47 with 22 hundreds and 33 fifties and will want to improve on those impressive figures even more in the short Bangladesh tour. The IPL also saw Kohli scored more than 500 runs and with form on his side, he could well be the difference between the sides.
The transformation of the Indian batting line up after the likes of Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman retired has left a lot of void. Ajinkya Rahane, the Mumbai batsmen seems to have solved the issue to some extent, with his delightful batting. Rahane has been consistent in the game since previous year and this in all formats of the game all around the world. He is a treat to watch and will be no surprise if he continues his run scoring form in the short series against Bangladesh.
However with Bangladesh hitting top form, the road after the World Cup will be tougher, than it looks.