Virat Kohli spotted playing gully cricket ahead of 1st Test against Bangladesh

India’s Rohit Sharma

India’s Rohit Sharma

Indore - Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque said on Wednesday the absence of banned all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will be like missing two players, as the team prepared for their two-Test series in India. India could add to their record winning streak of 11 consecutive Test series victories at home, unless Bangladesh's players pull off something special.

The series is Bangladesh's first in the newly introduced world Test championship led by India with two series sweeps under their belt.

Here is the complete match preview.

Away from the Holkar, a few lucky kids got the chance of a lifetime as they helped the Indian cricket team captain prepare for the first Test.

Match starts at 9.30 am IST.

One can also stream it on Hotstar. His form shouldn't be a cause for undue worry for India, given that he scored two important half-centuries in the recent series against South Africa, but Pujara won't be satisfied until he's back to scoring hundreds regularly.

Virat Kohli's side looks settled and there will not be much tinkering with the line-up. This means they will most likely retain the five-bowler combination they played in their last two Tests against South Africa. The 31-year-old may include three spinners in the team given Ravindra Jadeja has proven himself as a dependable middle-order batsman.

They were superb against SA.

Since his all-conquering 2018-19 tour of Australia, Cheteshwar Pujara has scored 205 runs in five Tests at an average of 25.62. There is expected to be a tinge of green as well on the Indore pitch, where Test cricket will be played for the second time.

Rohit (captain) bats atop alongside Haque. The visitors will be banking on senior batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad to come good against an Indian attack which is high on confidence.

Mustafizur and Umesh Yadav handle the pace department.

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