Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Fatullah February 25, 2014

Test for India's new middle order

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Match facts


Wednesday, February 26
Start time 1400 local (0800 GMT)

Big picture


The last time India and Bangladesh met in an ODI was in the 2012 Asia Cup. Then, the hype over Sachin Tendulkar's 100th international hundred was deflated by Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan's well-executed chase of 290.

The memory of that match is something Mushfiqur Rahim will want to go back to in order to boost the sagging spirits of his team. Bangladesh's preparations for the tournament have hardly been ideal. The 3-0 series loss to Sri Lanka was followed by Shakib Al Hasan's three-match suspension and then Mushfiqur publicly aired his disappointment at not being consulted over Asia Cup selections. Tamim Iqbal, the second highest run-getter in ODIs for Bangladesh, is out due to injury and the captain and Mashrafe Mortaza are also carrying niggles.

In the last ODI against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh's middle order, floundering previously in the series, showed some inclination to work for a start. Against India, who have a strong batting side even without MS Dhoni, they will need to go one better and build on the thirties and forties. They need to curb the tendency to suddenly give away their wickets.

In 2012, Mushfiqur had singled out India's bowling as a weakness and that remains true today. Their bowling struggled in New Zealand, and for this tournament they have a relatively raw pace line-up on flat tracks. India's batsmen, except Virat Kohli and Dhoni, struggled for runs in New Zealand but the subcontinent tracks may allow a few of them to find form.

There will also be considerable focus on Kohli in his first high-profile assignment as India captain. Kohli has had two previous stints as captain - in the tri-series against West Indies last year and five ODIs in Zimbabwe.

Form guide

(last five matches, most recent first)

Bangladesh LLLWW
India LLTLL

In the spotlight

India's brand-new middle order, brought together by injury and exclusions due to bad form, will be tested. The last Indian team that did not feature MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh or Suresh Raina played in January 2004. Ajinkya Rahane was patchy in the ODIs against New Zealand, while Ambati Rayudu only had a couple of chances. The line-up will be bolstered by Dinesh Karthik, though, as the wicketkeeper has been in good form.

Allrounder Ziaur Rahman was brought into the side to replace an out-of-form Mahmudullah at No. 7. He has two fifties and a mammoth hundred in three of his last four first-class games. This is his chance to stake a claim for a more stable position in the team.

Team news


The composition of India's pace attack and the side's batting depth are the key questions. Cheteshwar Pujara may get in a look-in and India are likely to choose a bowling attack of three seamers and a spinner.

India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Cheteshwar Pujara, 5 Ajinkya Rahane/Ambati Rayudu, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Varun Aaron

If Mushfiqur Rahim keeps wicket, Imrul Kayes will replace Anamul Haque as opener, after Anamul's failures in the Sri Lanka series. Ziaur Rahman is likely to replace Mahmudullah while Naeem Islam will continue to play in Shakib Al Hasan's place.

Bangladesh (probable) 1 Shamsur Rahman, 2 Imrul Kayes/Anamul Haque (wk), 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), 5 Naeem Islam, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Ziaur Rahman, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Rubel Hossain

Pitch and conditions


The teams are likely to play on another flat deck but dew may become a factor for the side fielding second.

Stats and trivia


  • In the current squad, Virat Kohli has scored the most runs against Bangladesh in ODIs - 370 runs in five games with two hundreds and two fifties. Kohli has also played the most number of games against Bangladesh among the current Indian squad.

  • No Bangladesh batsman, since Alok Kapali, has scored a hundred against India. Kapali scored his only ton in ODIs against India in June 2008.

Quotes

"I don't count it as an upset if we win against India. We have done it before."
Mashrafe Mortaza believes Bangladesh can match up to India

"I've been around the scene for some time. Given the opportunity, I will try and use whatever little experience I've had and bat to the best of my ability."
Dinesh Karthik is prepared for the challenge of fitting into India's new middle order

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Siddiee on February 26, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Indian selectors have chosen a bunch of talented batsmen on the basis of performance as they have scored well in the past in domestic circuit. More often than not the top order batsmen are the ones who score heavily compared to middle & lower middle order batsmen. Can not understand why selectors overlook the performance of the players who bat at no. 5,6 & 7 as they may not have best of averages (dhoni is an exception) but are adept at handling situations that one expects from lower middle order.

    IMO Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Pujara, Rahane & Karthik are all good when they play in top 4 but then who bats next ? India needs to do away with Rohit as an opener in the interest of the team and he should bat at no.6 after karthik. It will be a brave call as he has been positioned as an opener after many failures in middle order but it is the call of the hour.

    Batting order for me - Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Pujara/Rayadu,Karthik, Rohit

  • on February 26, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    India should win this match as they are a good side in the subcontinent. I won't rule out this BD team who has improved immensely over the last few years. May the best team win!

  • kanikandy on February 26, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully , Dear friend yes according to stats india is still in no2 ODI team But look at the results out side subcontinent & specially in AUS,NZ,ENG & SA'Compare the resuts of IND & SRI for there last tours to those countries.Iin ENG(SL 5-0,IND o-3),in AUS (SL 4-3,IND1-4) in SA(SL 2-3,IND 0-2) in NZ(IND 0-4)'while SL has won 11 ODI matches in those countries(AUS,NZ,ENG,SA) india has won only single match.Thats tell the truth'

  • LALITHKURUWITA on February 26, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    This match will test Dhoni's captaincy.

  • SHEREHIND on February 26, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    VARUN AARON is best suited for Test matches, due to his fast speed, in One dayers he could be an easy meat for the batsmen, as the pitches are flat.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 26, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    @kanikandy. lol . Better to learn from kids than SL youngsters. Remove the seniors runs from you last series and see what your great Thiri and Co. did. You are talking about a team who was the U19 WC winner last time and team with ICC Emerging player of the year award winner in it. Kohli is far better than a flat track bully like Sanga. Also check there is an all rounder named Jadeja in ICC ranking 4. Also, with all these less talented youngsters, Indian team is still @ no:2 in all rankings. You are a good entertainer. lol.

  • kanikandy on February 26, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Although BD is the favorite today they should not take India lightly.yes BD had a good close series against formidable SL(probably the best now) & india crashed to NZ.But it dosen't say that BD will have a cake walk.if Koli fires india can win.I think problem with india is that they don't have world class players like Sanga,Malinga,Ajmal or good all rounders like Thisara,Mathews. or Hafeeze or Shakib .Indains cant perform out side of india with the curent bunch of half baked players.So the young indians have to do well as soon as possible to remain in no2 position.Indians youngsters should start to perform like SL youngsters to remain in as a top cricketing nations.

  • on February 26, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    @cricsnake .if you say ashwin and jadeja are best spinners than ask from kiwis and proteas they ill tell u . Lol. Ajmal hafeez and afridi are best

  • mdarifurrahmandany on February 26, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    India win game thats big upset for Bangladesh... I m sure Tigers can anything... go tiger go...

  • naimurchowdhury32 on February 26, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Bangladesh have very poor coaches and captain and do not stand a chance at all

  • Siddiee on February 26, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Indian selectors have chosen a bunch of talented batsmen on the basis of performance as they have scored well in the past in domestic circuit. More often than not the top order batsmen are the ones who score heavily compared to middle & lower middle order batsmen. Can not understand why selectors overlook the performance of the players who bat at no. 5,6 & 7 as they may not have best of averages (dhoni is an exception) but are adept at handling situations that one expects from lower middle order.

    IMO Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Pujara, Rahane & Karthik are all good when they play in top 4 but then who bats next ? India needs to do away with Rohit as an opener in the interest of the team and he should bat at no.6 after karthik. It will be a brave call as he has been positioned as an opener after many failures in middle order but it is the call of the hour.

    Batting order for me - Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Pujara/Rayadu,Karthik, Rohit

  • on February 26, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    India should win this match as they are a good side in the subcontinent. I won't rule out this BD team who has improved immensely over the last few years. May the best team win!

  • kanikandy on February 26, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully , Dear friend yes according to stats india is still in no2 ODI team But look at the results out side subcontinent & specially in AUS,NZ,ENG & SA'Compare the resuts of IND & SRI for there last tours to those countries.Iin ENG(SL 5-0,IND o-3),in AUS (SL 4-3,IND1-4) in SA(SL 2-3,IND 0-2) in NZ(IND 0-4)'while SL has won 11 ODI matches in those countries(AUS,NZ,ENG,SA) india has won only single match.Thats tell the truth'

  • LALITHKURUWITA on February 26, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    This match will test Dhoni's captaincy.

  • SHEREHIND on February 26, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    VARUN AARON is best suited for Test matches, due to his fast speed, in One dayers he could be an easy meat for the batsmen, as the pitches are flat.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 26, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    @kanikandy. lol . Better to learn from kids than SL youngsters. Remove the seniors runs from you last series and see what your great Thiri and Co. did. You are talking about a team who was the U19 WC winner last time and team with ICC Emerging player of the year award winner in it. Kohli is far better than a flat track bully like Sanga. Also check there is an all rounder named Jadeja in ICC ranking 4. Also, with all these less talented youngsters, Indian team is still @ no:2 in all rankings. You are a good entertainer. lol.

  • kanikandy on February 26, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Although BD is the favorite today they should not take India lightly.yes BD had a good close series against formidable SL(probably the best now) & india crashed to NZ.But it dosen't say that BD will have a cake walk.if Koli fires india can win.I think problem with india is that they don't have world class players like Sanga,Malinga,Ajmal or good all rounders like Thisara,Mathews. or Hafeeze or Shakib .Indains cant perform out side of india with the curent bunch of half baked players.So the young indians have to do well as soon as possible to remain in no2 position.Indians youngsters should start to perform like SL youngsters to remain in as a top cricketing nations.

  • on February 26, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    @cricsnake .if you say ashwin and jadeja are best spinners than ask from kiwis and proteas they ill tell u . Lol. Ajmal hafeez and afridi are best

  • mdarifurrahmandany on February 26, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    India win game thats big upset for Bangladesh... I m sure Tigers can anything... go tiger go...

  • naimurchowdhury32 on February 26, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Bangladesh have very poor coaches and captain and do not stand a chance at all

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Simple equation, both teams has got the young side. Only the best will survive. Good luck tigers...

  • Mehedi_Jim on February 26, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Some guys dnt hv any knowledge about how to respect the opposition.nd I assumed they also dnt hv any kind of cricketing sence.they r just a blind fan of their team nd they thinks they r the best side in the world nd others r simply nothing.thts y they r just talking ridiculasly.

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    come on bangladesh.you can beat india easily,very overrated team.

  • Pavinasen on February 26, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    siddhartha87, any positive comments on how India can become the no1 test nation again,they have been there means that they have potential ,the won the world cup means they have the potential.Probably you have some insight on how they can turn their fortunes around.Give us your proposals

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    So India finally on familiar tracks. lets see if their 'world class flat track maulers' can finally come to life.

    Atleast after the utter embarrassment at NZ, if they had a drop of pride they should see this through.

  • joydip_jd on February 26, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Nice to see that Bangladesh's Form Guide is better than India, though marginally. The common country that these two teams played recently was NZ with results: BD-3:NZ-0 and IND-0:NZ-4.

  • RoshJ on February 26, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    BD is the favorite to win this match..IND's poor overseas records will extend from 20 to 25 staright losses (cosndiering all mathces in the tournament..including Afganistan!)

  • Solid_Snake on February 26, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    @ Cricsnake:India is unbeatable in SC pitches? Remember last Asia Cup..And India vs Pak Series..Was India still unbeatable after these 2 series or i guess both of these series were played in Australia Haha :P

  • Solid_Snake on February 26, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    @All Indian Fans..Before saying anything..Just have a look at this "LLTLL" ...This is the current record of Team India..Even BD'srecord is better lol.."Champs at home" don't know how to win while outside their home :P

  • nilb on February 26, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Bangladesh cannot beat the gods of flat tracks on a flat track. It's going to be a one sided game for sure.

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    I feel team composition 1) dhawan & 2) Rohit 3) Virat kohli 4) Dinesh Karthik 5) Ajinky rahane or Chetswar pujara 6. Jadeja 7. Ashwin 8.Binny 9.Ishwar P 10.Kumar 11.Shami Its perfect composition of 5 Bowlers includes 2 all rounder & 2 or 3 debutant . So Kohli please lookit

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    India's opening part stand is still a big question mark. Dhawan is not consistent. Karthik may open the batting with Rohit. In place of Rahane Ishwar or Binny may come in for an additional bowling option.

  • MonwarBGD on February 26, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Srry to Indians to say, You'r guy's always unlucky against BGD... Lets see up to end. ( Although, India is a Good Team )

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    sanju samson dont have the temperment at this age paapam... if u watched the U19 world cup games he threw away his wickets at the wrong times

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Emotion doesn't win for India . They should know that they were beaten in the last World Cup despite having their God of Indian cricket and full team including Dhoni . BD have to fight but so would Indian team who have a miserable ODI form against NZ . Emotion playss more for Indians the reason they have such a low grade performance outside India .

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    Its Good to include Binny in Middle order definitely he will deserve his position today .He is in good form and medium fast will help to take wicket in Bangladesh pitch so a perfect all-rounder .

  • veeraraghav on February 26, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    However best you write the article to create a competitive scene, it is not going to happen and nobody is going to think that bangladesh can win India.. India in the past may have failed occasionally.. Those were called "upsets".. Even if India loses(not gonna happen) it will be called an upset again ! So to bangladesh fans .. Grow up !!

  • Alexk400 on February 26, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    All players in under 19 indian team were awful except sarfraz khan. What an attitude. Sanju samson overhyped and probably not gona do anything much. Sarfraz khan need more exposure in big matches.

  • Smart_animesh on February 26, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    I don't quite understand why BD fand are talking so much!!! Guys grow up.. stop day dreaming and be ready for a shameful result.. lol....

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    india should try Ishwar Pandey........against BD ...gave him a chance and sees whats he is capable offff....

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    i just cant understand why indians talks abt cricket, they dont know anything abt cricket, they just can burking, maybe theyve just forget the washing they received frm sa and nz. if u guys want to worry than just worry abt ur own teams performence not others.

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Virat Kohli is brave person and also showed on field as a player. Now he should apply it in his captaincy. He's the future captain and I am hoping he will change the team. Dhoni was keeping his favorite players in team but Kohli is better to give chances who deserves it. Kohli must think to build the team combination.

    IMO Team Should be: 1. Dhawan, 2. Pujara, 3. Kohli, 4. Rahane, 5. Karthik, 6. Rayudu, 7. Binny, 8. Jadeja 9. Kumar, 10. Shami, 11. Aaron

  • True_Indian_Raj on February 26, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Today's India XI: Dhawan,Rohit,Virat,Pujara,Rahane,Karthik,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvi,Shami,Aaron. But I think Binny should be included inplace of Ashwin and Rayudu should include inplace of Karthik. Pandey Should include inplace of Aaron. Best of Luck Team India

  • HemB on February 26, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    I do really like these young players but had a concerns why they include Rohit Sharma always in the team who is not performing well always flop...

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    India should win this comfortably , not because that they are a strong side but Bangladesh is in complete mess. Factionalism, internal strife ,selectors doing weird things, senior players losing it, they are the weakest team BD has put in two years.Without Tamim and Shakib they shouldnt pose much challenge.Having said that, it would be nice if bowlers bowled decently and don't concede too many and wrap it up fairly easily.Spinners should do well,But would the fast bowlers step up to the plate?That is the only question in the game.

  • indian1986 on February 26, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    I know BD fans are emotional and love there cricket, but emotions dont win games. Bangladesh has to play out of there skins to win against India and Indian team has to play poorly at the same time, which can happen but highly unlikely. Indian batting was not in too much of trouble abroad they fought well, and its too good to fail on flat tracks. Let the best team win.

  • Cricsnake on February 26, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Indian batting line-up is arguably the best in the world and they are unbeatable in SC pitches. Hope this young team could do better than we expect. India missed MSD while BD missed Shakib & Tamim. BD performed very well against SL and they also very strong team at home. It's a 50:50 game. Indian pacers like Bhuvi & Shami will perform well with the support of Ashwin & Jadeja, two of the best spinners in the world. Bangladesh also have a bunch of quality spinners and pacers like Rubel, Al Amin, Mortaza & Farhad Reza. It will be a close encounter and wanna see quality cricket from them. Good Luck both teams.

  • siddhartha87 on February 26, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    tournament of minnows.Does not matter who wins.This tournament will probably determine which is the 2nd worst test playing nation(obviously BD is no 1 in this aspect easuly)

  • indian.apple.iphone on February 26, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    come on our great minnow indian team.. try to give a good game to BD at least.

  • JimmyEnglish on February 26, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    India should not look to test their middle order against Bdesh. Openers and Kohli should be enough.

  • goldenpower on February 26, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Give opening chance for1) dhawan & 2) Pujara , both are two batsman have best opening scores in their U-19s. And Middle order 3) Virat kohli 4) Dinesh Karthik 5) Rohit Sharma ( 5 Place are suitable for rohit Why he batted well after 40 overs). 6.Ambati Raydu 7. Jadeja 8.Binny 9.Mishra 10.Kumar 11.Shami

  • spinkingKK on February 26, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    This is a good side. Would have been great to have Dhoni in the side to make absolutely unbeatable. But, with him comes the captaincy and that means biased selection and handling of the players. Also, Karthik wouldn't have made it. Karthik may not be as aggressive as Dhoni. But, he has got a far superior technique. Anyway, my prediction is India unbeatable, still. Only doubt is over Pujara's ability to play good in ODI's. He is, by no means, a slow player in tests. But, even if Pujara fails, others will make up for it. Karthik's inclusion is going to make a huge difference. Lankans and Bangladeshis are playing good. But, I think Indian batting consisting of Sharma, Kohli, Jadeja, Karthik , Dhawan, is going to be too good. This time, they will be backed by good fast bowling, spin bowling, fielding. Batting depth is a small worry. Hopefully Bhuvi or Aaron will raise their game up a bit. Can't see India losing any match.

  • JimmyEnglish on February 26, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Even if Bangladesh score 400-450(This is exaggeration), India will chase it within 40 overs (This ain't exaggeration !). Anyway if Bangladesh defeat India in Asia it will be a huge upset. I guess Pujara can score a 40 odd ball hundred in Bangladesh. LOL (Oh God, this comment got a lot of exaggeration !)

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    it is good desision to pujara in odi sqad. it is because of his consistency in his batting.it would help for india in the upcoming world cup which is going to be held in out of asia.

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    if bd bowling first...then if can hold them to make score bellow 290 . and gazi &mash r in good form.then have chance to win this game

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Pujara should be given an opportunity today. No 3 is the best position for him and Kholi can bat at 4. Taking Stuart Binny to the playing 11 will increase batting depth in the team.

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    @narendra. The King yuvi apparently had become a pauper in terms of runs and cannot be selected just because he fights cancer. He also needs to learn to fight the short ball. Until then odi and tests are a no-no for him.

  • Manik_mia on February 26, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Testing should be the bowlers. None of the these IND pacers played in BD yet. If their bowlers play well, it will be an easy win. Otherwise it can go either way.

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    pressure will be on Indian. If they lose, their supporters will take them down from heaven to hell as they always do. BD will miss Shakib & Tamim. but again good luck to both BD & India team. really waiting for a breathe taking match.

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Kohli is great batsman and fielder. Is he a leader-material? Dhoni's cool head vs Kohli's hot head! I don't know.

  • yuvi_gladiator on February 26, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    its going to be a very competitive match unfortunately for india. our batting line up is as weak as it can get. Sehwag and Yuvi need to be back and we need to play with 7 batsman, it will be a miracle if our bowlers don't concede 300 even against bangladesh. fletcher needs to go, as simple as that

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on February 26, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    This is Bang's best chance to a win in this tourney-apart from bonafide 'minnows' taking part.Wont get much chance of upset v the 2 p/houses SL and Pak in v good nick.Both sides are evenly matched.Ban need to bat 1st for 350+,make Ind wilt in pressure.

  • Yousufahmed1 on February 26, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell SL vs IND last 15 matches IND - 11 SL - 3 N/R - 1

    If India is minnows then SL is school team. And good to see you calling your friends BANGLADESH as minnows as well. Great respect from a team fans who has not won a single test series outside SL since 2000(excluding BANG and ZIM coz ofcourse you call them minnows.)

  • Sheikasif on February 26, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    India and Bangladesh fans should stop counting the chickens before the egg hatches otherwise they may end up like the pakistan fans (tails between their legs). Good to see many positive contributions. Good luck to both. May the best team win.

  • Naked_Cricket on February 26, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    India Has weaker Bowling attack . First things first and if BD battered first and make around 300 runs ( have a good chance for that ) and if luck rides india may fail with batting . No doubt slow bowlers have big roll to play. Pace variation is more important in this wicket.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 26, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Pujara should open and Rohit should drop down to the middle. Yes, almost all his ODI success has come while opening, but he is a middle order player. He eats up too many deliveries at the start and while I do understand that he is stabilizing one end, I feel that Pujara can do a much better job. Pujara takes singles regularly and does not build up pressure on one end. Sharma on the other hand does the opposite. He can strike some lusty blows, which is why I think he should be down in the middle.

  • Lalz on February 26, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    I hope India will allow its bench warmers a game against Bangladesh atleast. Look at SL rotating players keeping an eye on 2015 WC. Like wise we need to rotate our players to find a perfect 11. Ashwin can be better in subcontinent pitches but why Mishra is in the team if he is not allowed to play a single game. He should be played against BD to check his line and length. Also Binny should be there in the team as an AR. So Bowlers will be Aaron/Pandey, Shami, Bhuvi, Mishra, Binny, Jadeja.So batting lineup will be Dhawan, Rohit/Rahane, Pujara, Kohli, Karthick/Rayudu. And for Indian team bashers.. Not any current ODI team is consistent on all pitches.. And for India its a bad phase going on.. Once we are out of it we will be back as champions on any pitches..

  • Yousufahmed1 on February 26, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell SL vs IND last 15 matches IND - 11 SL - 3 N/R - 1

    If India is minnows then SL is school team. And good to see you calling your friends BANGLADESH as minnows as well. Great respect from a team fans who has not won a single test series outside SL since 2000(excluding BANG and ZIM coz ofcourse you call them minnows.)

  • on February 26, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Firepower missig! Considering New ODI rules, Indian teams strategy of keeping wickets in hand and going for leather in the final overs may back fire in the absence of MSD or Yuvraj. Let's hope new middle order along with the tail handles the usual 10rpo well during uphill chases. Good luck India.

  • on February 26, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    I think the memories of last Asia cup are still fresh among Bangladeshi Players but two key playes Tamim Iqbal and Shakib are missing in today's game.. Still Bangladesh can put a fight if they can perform as a team.

  • solankibhavesh on February 26, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    This time india do well becos indian player are familier with pitch and condition and virat is in form and his captainship record is good its ok that is infront of minows but this one give him some confidence

  • satishsasikumar on February 26, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    @CodandChips ..Samson is playing in U-19 WC

  • on February 26, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    I think india be getting smashed hard this time all "young guns" like Seriously when india needs (Dhoni, yuvi, zaheer) in a big competition they being left out cause of all other crap they been through. As we say "old" is "gold". They should've had been playing Asia cup to give a good come back after all mess they made out there. Never strand back get up and tackle again. But lets see the new collection of under 19 team if they could stay up with the task. will be a good competition ass afghanistan is also concluded in so let the Ego begin. The Asia trophy and the Icc 20/20. LIfe is good......

  • on February 26, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    What's wrong with these Bangladrshis? They win one match and think it's not an upset if they beat India? I don't like the Indian team that much either, but the fact remains they are a much better side than Bangladesh. Get a grip guys.

  • on February 26, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    should be simple test for india to solve - this is almost like home territory - not sure why everyone is questioning them - they are not playing in south africa newzealnd england or australia - its in bangladesh

  • Anthony8i on February 26, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    @AbdulRauf-99 Well said my dear friend. I am an Indian and i am with you. As far as i know it is some dirty politics going on between the two nations but the real peoples of India and Pakistan love each other which has been shown to the world whenever these 2 countries play each other. I still remeber the chennai match when crowd applauded the Pakistan great effort to comeback and win a match. Come guys this is just a game and we must respect the opponent.Whenever i see a Indian comment that destroys the respect of other nation i am very much disappointed. Please respect others

  • byc89 on February 26, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    this is limited over cricket and every result is possible.

  • on February 26, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Waiting for next big match between India and Pak:) Today's match will be like a practice session for India...

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on February 26, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    Strongly agree with @computerguru --- thanks for posting a very logical comment. Still as a BD fan always wish Tigers the best.

  • t20superstars on February 26, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    @Sudheesh Kumar P K : Ashwin should play all the games because he is the all time best spinner for India in Asian conditions. His numbers itself proves that he has done well against all the oppositions in the world. He is a far better spinner than the likes of Kumble, Harbajan and Ravi Shastri, so Ashwin is an automatic choice to the XI. Also, he is turning out to be a useful allrounder with his heroics down the order. Dont know why you people hate him a lot? Is it because he plays for CSK?

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 26, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Testing time to both Teams one defeated 3-0 in Home Soil other defeated 4-0 in Kiwi Land. 50-50 chances to both teams but since flat dead track is there we could see some high scoring game. Hope to see a great battle.

  • vipinchirackal on February 26, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    how long we will go on experiment with karthik.its high time we tried for a quality wicket keeper batsman like samson.any way he is atleast three times better batsman than karthik

  • natarsx on February 26, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    I would replace Varon with Binny. India always lacks a genuine Fast bowling alrounder. Jadeja and to some extent Ashwin in ODIs are considered as Allrounders, but presence of Binny would definetly strengthen the batting line up as well as Bowling. Upto 9th wicket India would have batting with 5 bowlers. Both Aaron and Binny under Bangaldeshi conditions would be the same from a bowling point of view, though Aaron might do well next world cup in Aus, if he trains to keep his radar in the correct direction

  • Vnott on February 26, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Indian team has been putting up a series of mixed performances. Tests has seen serious improvement inspite of the 1-0 defeats in SA and NZ. one dayers has seen serious failures in SA and NZ despite the stated goals of using the one dayers as practice matches especially in SA. Mashrafe, india should give a handicap of 40 runs to BD. That will make the game more interesting. Bangladesh beating India not an upset. Thats baloney. One sunshine does not make a summer my friend.

  • joseyesu on February 26, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Me too agree with the captain that it is not an upset. Though lagging in Exp, Ind still have a good batting order. If R Sharma and Rahane can swap the places it brings steadiness to the lineup. All the best team India

  • i_amVIVA on February 26, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    a defeat of ordinary india wouldn't be an upset by any means. come on dude, bring 'em on, let's play a game of cricket, and mash-mush knows how to do that :)

  • naren1983 on February 26, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    My XI : Shikhar, Rohit, Kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Dinesh, Jadeja, Binny, Mishra, Bhuvi, Shami. Since its a flat track, Aaron not going to help us in bowling straight fast. Those overs can be bowled by Binny, additionaly he can bat as well. Depth batting is must in Bangladesh, mostly team needs to chase big totals. After winning couple of matches, we should try other players too Ashwin, Aaron, Rayudu considering the T20 WC. We need to keep every member in-form.

  • on February 26, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Bangladesh is not a comparison to mighty India. India is very difficult to beat in Asian Pitches

  • on February 26, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    What the Hell Pujara is Doing in Odi's Squad Where is Our King YUVIIIII

  • Albert_cambell on February 26, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Its great to see two equally matched teams taking on each other. I would say its a clash of minnows.

  • on February 26, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    please provide proper title. Test for middle orders?? As if they are playing the top side in the world. u should have said test for bowlers.. India cant perform when bowling is weak. cant win with just batting.

  • paapam on February 26, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    Nothing new about the team. Just a collection of benchwarmers and old rejects. A couple of faces from the under 19 team eg: Sanju Samson and players like Rishi Dhawan would have been nice.

  • sreehk on February 26, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    This team hardly inspires confidence. Ashwin should not be playing. Middle order lacks fire power. Top order looks fine but if it fails, batting will be in tatters. Call the big boys for World Cup. Yuvraj, Irfan, Yusuf, and Mishra are a must to muscle up and somehow get Binny into 11. Both Srilanka and Pakistan are not really strong as they used to be. India should lose this tournament for good.

  • WristyFlick101 on February 26, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    @CodandChips - Not sure why you mentioned "Being English" before your comments (no relevance at all I reckon :P). Also Sampson might be in plane right now - flying from Dubai to India after U19 World Cup.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 26, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Even BD fans know what happened in last Asiacup match. India lost momentum because of Tendulkar's 100th ton and end up within 300. 330-350 was possible at that pitch. But there is no such hazards now. Whenever BD talk big, they lost the game by miles. They will miss Shakib for sure.

  • on February 26, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Bangladesh won their many matches without Shakib & Tamim. Though, they r both very very impirtant to BD team. Its is not impossible to beat this Indian team. BD team always enjoy to play against India. My opinion... there is 40% chance for BD team to win. And that has been proven.

  • on February 26, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    I wonder Kholi is going to lead India as he captained RCB in IPL,getting anger when other players in the team make a mistake.Kholi must first learn how to captain a team.India will win the matches played in India only, not in NZ,Australia,England or South Africa

  • Aniketmaxx on February 26, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    India will beat BD tonight.

  • Gayan123 on February 26, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    India can win only in home condition. BD will definitely repeat what they did in 2012 against poor Indian team tha was crushed by NZ few weeks ago..

  • Great_Chucker on February 26, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    @Srilanka-rules-- today's match and the match against ur team are practice matches for Indian players

  • Cricket0083 on February 26, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    Yes.. Binny should get a chance.

  • on February 26, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    no way BD can get past our first 3.....Shikhar came to form in NZ,VK is perennially in form and Rohit is back in paradise...no way he will miss out in Asia..so a tall order for BD,even without Yuvi Raina Dhoni

  • P0isonal on February 26, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Indian team is weatherd by SAF nd NZ, it's time to erose them, gud luck BD!!

  • Sajeeb_Narail on February 26, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    I think its a good team without Sakeeb -Tameem..............

    Still we have a chance to win...young player need to perform....there is not doubt that they have capabilities........ just need a right momentum...

    MY team... will b like....1 Shamsur Rahman, 2 Anamul Haque (wk), 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), 5 Nasir Hossain, 6 Naeem Islam , 7 Ziaur Rahman, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza 9 Sohag Gazi, 10 Abdur Razzak, 11 Rubel Hossain

  • ankit_cricketfreak on February 26, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    One thing I like about Bangladeshi fans is their optimism. They beat India in 2012 , whitewashed NZ , and they think they have conquered the world. I am desperately waiting for a bilateral series with Bangladesh, wherein we can help them distinguish between what India can do to any of these Asian teams. Agreed our bowling is weaker than Bangladesh at moment, but even if one among dhawan , rohit or kohli went going in any match, he himself will take the match away from opponent's reach. Pragmatically speaking, India will lift this trophy with at max one defeat in this tournament. And yes, India will win comfortably today, Bangladesh has had its share of good cricket against India. I would have loved to have Sehwag in this Indian line up, who once said "They are an ordinary side when it comes to tests", his words were harsh, but he proved it on ground.

    I see some Bangladeshi fans writing with current form : BD > India ; guys grow up, there's a limit to humour :)

  • on February 26, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    It is good chance for new middle order to fire. Kohli shall unlike Dhoni be aggressive in team selection and be unbiased in every decision he make.

  • on February 26, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    @ computerguru, you lack the confidence just like typical Bangladeshi people, Tamim and sakib was out of form throughout the series and there will be very small difference in the team. Sakib does not play for BD he is a arrogant selfish player unlike Mushfiq and Mominul. Even Mominul is more responsible no matter how good batsman Sakib is. He is an irresponsible guy. Tamim shows same attitude, so BD has to learn how exclude them. The hardly inspire the team. BD has to prove that they r not at all dependent on these 2 evils.

  • Thriller_Tiger on February 26, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    I don't know why some BD fans are overhyping & some BD fans are degrading about BD cricket team! I don't know even why these people comment such!

    However, to be honest, India is great team in the sub-continent, even without Dhoni & 'inexperienced' middle order. If some think that BD can beat them easily as NZ, they are in daydream. Wake up man!! But it's not impossible, I think. BD can beat them but they need to show much spirit as well as on-field performance. Whatever the result is, hope for good contest.

  • mayuresh11 on February 26, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    pls drop ashwin and play give chance to mishra. my 11 dhawan ,rohit, kholi, pujara or kartik , rahane, raidu (wk) ,biny, jadeja ,mishra,aron, shami raidy rahane and biny r good finisher than jadeja so there a good chance. ashwin should be drop...drop and drop.

  • ErangaMahesh on February 26, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    I think BAN's problem is they are overconfident. They think Win against IND is not an upset. But as Sri Lankan i truely believe If IND lost to BAN it is an Upset

  • on February 26, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    Today's My playing XI:

    Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, K. Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Stuart Binny, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, & Mohammed Shami

  • on February 26, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    I want to say to Agarkar that it will be a upset if India win.

  • Yuosufahmed on February 26, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    We can't expect a different results to the previous Asia Cup which Bangali boys easily crushed us when we are in top form. With the current form, it is unlikely we beat them at home. We should focus on beating atleast Afg and stop our away winless streak.

  • Yuosufahmed on February 26, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    Bangali boys are the favourites to win this match. It is hard to beat them in their home soil.

  • Yuosufahmed on February 26, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    We should give our full strength to beat Ban or Afg and stop our away winless streak because there is no hope for us against the two big boys in Asian cricket.

  • Siva_Bala75 on February 26, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    Dropping Raina was a big mistake. He can bowl tight, field very well and at the back end score quick runs selflessly. Now too many tuk-tuks in this team- Rohit, Pujara, Rahane, Rayudu. Modern one day totals are 300- all the more for the bowling that India has. No Dhoni, No Yuvraj, No Raina- Can these Indian tuk-tuks get to 300?!

  • Sachit1979 on February 26, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    I see a big void in Bangladesh side due to absence of Shakib and Mahmudullah. Not only in batting but in bowling also. Mahmudullah was out of form in batting but emerged as most economic bowler in recently concluded series against Sri Lanka. Shakib we can understand is out due to ban but its completely beyond mind to keep Mahmudullah's skills and experience out from such an important tournament.

  • Alexk400 on February 26, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    Bangaladesh has no chance here. Sami and bhuvi will rout them. Unless bangladesh playout first 10 overs without losing wicket then they can put up good score. Bhuvi is very good with new ball. Sami has enough speed and accuracy to knock out banglashesh. It will be rout. That said can bd put up a fight ? if they can score around 300 batting first then anything possible.

  • desiboy454 on February 26, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    Very happy to see Kohli captain, would like to see what he does. And definitely excited to see Pujara in ODI, been saying this before the Champions trophy. But since MSD is not around, I would not play Rahane n Pujara in the middle order, it leaves india withot Fire Power. If India play Pujara and have him bat at #4, I would like to see Rayadu instead of Rahane as Rayadu can hit. But ideally I would rather see Pujara open with Dhawan, Pujara will be a better opener than Rohit anyday. I would put Rohit in the middle order at 5, because he can turn it on. Also, I would give Ishwar Pandey a go ahead of Aaron to see what he can do, since we are playing Bangladesh. With todays match, I think binny will be more effective than Ashwin So my Ideal XI. 1. Pujara 2. Dhawan 3. Virat 4. Rahane 5. Rohit 6. DK 7 Jadeja 8. Ashwin/Binny 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11. Ishwar.. but most likely india will go with 1. Rohit 2. Dhawan 3. Virat 4. Rahane 5. Rayadu 6. DK 7 Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11. Aaron

  • BanglaBandhu on February 26, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    Mashrafe is right when he states "beating India will not be considered an upset". As some fans have already mentioned any team can beat another team in ODI. Also the Indian side is much weaker at the moment but so is the Bangladesh team. however some of BDs young guns are also battled hardened, Shamsur got 96 at Fatullah against NZ so let's hope he can convert to a much deserved 100. Mominul is also doing well.

    This may irk some of the Indian fans but BD may just win this one and redeem themselves after a lacklustre performance in the SL series. (Incidentally, didn't SL look strong in the opening match against Pakistan.)

  • on February 26, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    I hope bangladesh ready for give a big bash for india

  • on February 26, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    Bangladesh seem to have a good bowling attack with 4 seamers!!

    Their biggest disadvantage is their batting without Tamim Iqbal and Sakib...

  • on February 26, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    india need to pick best team from start 1.Dhawan.2.Rahane.3.Kohli.4.Pujara.5.Rayadu.6.karthik.7.Jadeja.8.Binny.9.Ashwin.10.Shami..11.Aaron.Best of luck Team India..

  • SANATP22 on February 26, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    IND XI S Dhawan A Rahane C Pujara V Kohli Rohit Sharma A Rayadu S Binny R Jadeja A Mishra Bhuneshwar Kumar M Shami

  • Masking_Tape on February 26, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    LOL at the Indians getting all worked up over something that couldn't be more political correct. You guys are acting like Mashrafee said something Viru-esque. Mashrafee didn't guarantee a win, he didn't talk down on India or anything like that. Simply said if Bdesh wins it won't be an upset because they are a good ODI team and they believe in themselves. Learn how to read and don't be so narrow minded.

  • on February 26, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    There is no Raina in Indian line up

  • sahil16556 on February 26, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    my team is:-

    1.Rohit 2.Dhavan 3.Kholi 4.Rahane 5.Karthik 6.Jadeja 7.S.Binny 8.Ashwin 9.Kumar 10.Shami 11.Aaron

    This is the best team in it there are 8 batsman as ashwin can also bat and 6 bowlers I hope kholi also will play with same XI Best luck India

  • on February 26, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    This should be the opportunity for Bangladesh to shine with their new guns and to go up a gear just like India's new hitters we have them in shamsur,mominul,anamauland nasir

  • on February 25, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    Ziaur have ability to bat as opener or middle Order, if mushfiq can keep then no place for Anamul>> 1.Samsur, 2.Ziaur/kayes, 3.Mominul, 4.Mushfiq,5.Naeem, 6.Ziaur/kayes/Anamul, 7.Nasir, 8.Gazi, 9.Mashrafee, 10.Razzak/Arafat, 11.Rubel.. ICC = Indian Cricket Council Vs Bangladesh

  • Snambidi on February 25, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    The Indian prospects in this first match is unpredictable in the absence of regular Captain MSDhoni. Similarly ,the absence of Shakib Al Hassan & Tamim Iqbal could hamper the hopes of BDesh. The 2012 Asiacup also would haunt the Indians. The middle order of India is yet to prove their worth. But the Psycological effect in the BD outfit is likely to be a factor in this match more harmful to BD than India. Any how an intesresting contest is likely between the neighbors. This match could also boost further chances of both .the winners would certainly be the Team that could meet ,probably SL in the final. Pakistan are famous for collapsing in the middle or at the end. So let us watch further progress without arriving at a conclusion.

  • Leg-Breaker on February 25, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    @CodandChips, what does 'being English', have to do with Pujara being a necessity? ;-)

    I am from India and I still see Pujara as a a necessity. I would drop Rohit and start playing Rahane as an opener. The problem is the second opener - Murali Vijay is worse than No-hit.

    May be, try Gambhir? Left - right combo may work.

    Rahane, Gambhir, Kohli, Pujara, Karthik, Jadeja, Misra, Bhuvi, Umesh, Shami, Aaron.

    if Dhoni is back, the balance shifts but this is a combo that will win Gambhir, Kohli, Jadeja, and Karthik can attack. Rahane, Pujara can be anchors and we have five bowlers not counting Jadeja .

    Guys, tell me a better team for world cup - we may not do great - but this is the best we have....

  • on February 25, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    the probability of Bangladesh's losing the game will increase as long as Naeem Islam will be batting.

  • unlocker on February 25, 2014, 22:03 GMT

    Bangladesh will win the match if samsur,imrul/anamul played respectly what was ban team need from them ,as a opener both both batsmen have to try build their innings high and stay in crease long time ,beside sohag gazi form is not going well,he will get wicket or not main option he have to follow indian batsman we'll played againest spin .so we hope he will bowls with good economy rate .also from ours two first bowler .nasir should run his bat again

    Best luck tigers ,we are with u .tomorrow is our greatest day after huge upset srilanka series

  • gauravm5 on February 25, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    I am a die hard Indian fan. Seeing the way SL fans are criticizing India, I really want a REPEAT OF Hobart SHOW in the upcoming match between India & SL. It seems Lankan fans pray more for India defeats than SL wins. Would love to see Indian batsmen making mockery of the SL bowlers specially MALINGA thereby keeping SL FANS MOUTH SHUT for at least one more year.

    For all defeats from the hand of Indian team, SL fans blame poor umpiring decisions, duckworth-lewis, rain, dew, toss, on field injuries and nature of tracks. SL has been continuously loosing to India no matter where they play, INDIA made SL looked like a club level side even on Lankan soil but even after SL's 9 defeats in the last 11 encounters between India & SL, the Lankan fans are not ready to accept that INDIA is FAR FAR FAR ahead of SL. Cricinfo this post speaks the word of all INDIAN fans. plz plz plz plz publish.

  • kc69 on February 25, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    Haha...India got whitewashed by kiwis in NZ and BD has beaten kiwis in BD hence BD is superior.Funniest statement of the season.

  • on February 25, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    Look at the Indian fans .... At last they got something to say as they are in sub continent pitch.... And you Indians think you are world class team.... Without sub continent pitch you guys are nothing.... You guys r just funny...

  • Greatest_Game on February 25, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    After their destruction in SA and NZ, can India stage a comeback and salvage some credibility? Hard to imagine, as they have no confidence, and are playing like condemned men.

  • AbdulRauf-99 on February 25, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I am really disappointed by Pakistanis by the way that are behaving, For example, Just look at "Mamunn"'s comment, full of hate and anger, People, Calm down it's just a game and Indains are our neighbors and we should respect them as most of their fans do to us, I wish both teams all the best and hope to see another cracker of a match.

  • on February 25, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    Mr.Kohli, just remember one thing. Great Sachin has attained and ascended to top expectations after 7 years of his experience, starting from 1996. Now you got a chance to be descendant of Sachin because billion of people have hope on you to do well in every game you play and I wish you come out in every game as successful. Don't become next Sachin, you have to lead/drive Indian team to success in most of the games.

  • i_amVIVA on February 25, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    For BD, win or loss, we all do mistakes. Clearly, Shakib's act was distasteful, but I agree with many that his punishment was excessive. Although senior player, he's a young fellow. Rather, a hefty monetary fine plus a one game suspension would've been adequate. I fail to understand what's going on in, BCB to rational such sever fine for his #1 player, don't know whether he'd personal grudge against him, or what; I know he is first a politician, with may be zero cricket knowhow; But compare others, - Bailey's sledging, Peterson's acts for years, Harbajan discriminatory acts, Kholi 's constant misbehavior, - all remained unpunished. And here comes Nazmul of BD, at the dawn of asiacup, put forth a sever verdict against his key player; this makes little sense. Discipline is more symbolic, - suspension is suspension, a day or 3 likely has same effect on players. BCB and Nazmul probably ruined any chance BD had in this tournament, and the fans ought to hold them responsible for the farce.

  • on February 25, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    As long as Srinivasan Ashwin is in the team, we have no chance

  • JontyG on February 25, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    Such kiddish comments by the Bangla Boys ! Shows that they still need to climb up the ladder. Every time India was down, it always comes back - strongly ! the entire world saw it during 2003 World Cup, 2013 Champions Trophy, Perth Test during the monkeygate saga and many such instances. We were not to the mark in NZ but boy, this time the Asian teams, starting with Bangladesh will face the music. There is a class about the Indian players - Rohit,Virat,Dhawan,Pujara,Rahane etc.....Class is permanent and form is temporary.

    !!! GO INDIA GO !!!

  • on February 25, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    if bangladesh bating first 55%win

  • RK204 on February 25, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    india gonna score 500 runs today batting first ... Mark my point.. :'(

  • ThilankaK on February 25, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    What happen will BAN win this match ????

  • computerguru on February 25, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    To all my fellow Bangladeshi fans, who are being over the moon, let me help you assessing the situation.

    BD batting first: There is no other batsman than Mominul and Mushfiq who can score 40+ runs at run a ball. Yes, Imrul and Naeem can score 30s facing 50+ deliveries. So, at most we can post a total of 240-260. But we need at least 290-320 to stand a chance. India will be able to chase down this 250ish score within 45 overs at ease.

    India batting first: Gazi will be ineffective as being a right arm spinner (against Kohli, Sharma, Pujara). Sunny can't check the run rate, Mash is doubtful. So, 330+ score is on the cards. With Imrul in the opening, there is bound to be slow start. Shakib is not playing, so Mushi will to battle alone to up the run rate. And we don't have Riyad, Nasir is also out of form, Zia is a hit-miss batter. So, we have no chance of scoring more than 230-240 while chasing.

    Bottom line, Indian batting needs a dramatic collapse; for us to make it a tight game.

  • on February 25, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Aswin gets another chance to retain his place because of weaker opponent. Throw him away and bring genuine spin bowler.

  • computerguru on February 25, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Well, it took a mammoth effort from a jubilant, energized full strength Bangladesh team to beat India in the previous Asia cup encounter. And had not for the sake of Sachin's hundredth hundred, India would've won that too. This Bangladesh team which will face India today doesn't have Shakib, Tamim, Mahmudullah, Nazmul, Razzak and may even miss Mashrafee. Without them, it's like a 2nd or 3rd string Bangladesh team which stands absolutely no chance against a batting line-up comprising of Kohli, Dhawan, Rohit, Raina, Pujara and all of them have immense good record at sub-continent. I'm a Bangladeshi fan too, but frankly to say, I don't think BD will be even able to put up a fight.

    The selectors and the BCB to be responsible for this mess. Shakib arrived in international arena in 2006, and we are yet to find a replacement for him. And what we did? Suspended him on the eve of a very important series. Fining a million would be the perfect option. Now the team is the sufferer, not Shakib.

  • on February 25, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Hmmm flawed logic of BD fans if they are thinking that as they beat NZ in home conditions and NZ beat India in their home conditions, BD is better than India .If BD goes to NZ then we will see that they will lose all matches really badly .That is why no one calls them to play series abroad.It is sad but true.BD dont have experienced players shakib tamim and mushfiq and mashrafe are carrrying niggles.Anyway hope both teams fight and most likely it is India who is winning.

  • CodandChips on February 25, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    Being English, I see Pujara as a necessity in India's middle order for the world cup in Aus and New Zealand, given the seam friendly conditions. He needs to play now to add stability, given that in the past India have been too reliant on Dhoni (although less so in the last year), yet now he is missing. And Raina should never play again.

    Karthik is a poor keeper, so why not give Samson a go?

    I would strongly consider this team: 1.Dhawan 2.Pujara 3.Kohli 4.Sharma 5.Rayudu 6.Aswhin 7.Binny 8.Jadeja 9.Samson 10.Kumar 11.Shami

  • huffpost on February 25, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    @gurdit singh...spot on mate...I believe the same...kohli and co smashed mitch johnson and co on subcontinent conditions just 3 months ago...I see no BD bowler capable of stopping them...

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    looking forward to see how india will perform under capstancy of VK BD Really miss shakib Al Hassan go Bangladesh go and win

  • phunny_game on February 25, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    @Mamunn: In india, even India whitewashes england, nz etc. So if u r comparing a series played on NZ wickets to one played in BD, sorry but your knowledge of cricket is very poor. And according to ur theory, BD lost asia cup final to Pakistan. And India beat pakistan in the league stage. So Asia cup winners should be India, right.... lollll.

  • the_predator on February 25, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    @dear BD FANS. BD has even beaten austraia. that does not mean BD is a better team than AUS. In shorter format of the game anyone can win, and you people can win tomorrow, that does not mean BD is netter team than INDIA.

  • Mamunn on February 25, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    BD will score 325+. if they bat first & will beat India almost 100 runs in-sha-Allah.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    @phunny_game on (February 25, 2014, 18:49 GMT)

    You are right. But We can give Binny a chance in place of Rayudu. Let watch VK's captaincy.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    @ JontyG on (February 25, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

    Are you joking? Binny playing in U19 WC with Yuvraj. He has proved himself so many times at domestic level. He should be given some chance at international level now.

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Finally a weak opponent! Go Tigers! I know our batsmen are waiting for the jucy "medium fast" Indian bowling attack!

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Bangladesh will not even win a match in the series against the Test playing sides. Bangladesh has not got the temperament as a team to do it time and again. They might have it odd times but I don't see them doing it fairly regularly. Still minnows.

  • acidrainBD on February 25, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    waiting to see big GUNs caught ..........:D

  • Mamunn on February 25, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    @Phunny game@ U shouldn't forget this India has almost white washed by NZ & Bangladesh made white wash against NZ recently. I think if Bangladesh play against India in India now it will very difficult to take taste of win for host side. I believe it India don't invite BD for the afraid of losing. Shame!!!

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    India will score 375+ if they bat first.rohit or kohli have a chance to get 170+. i also expect bangladesh to score around 270-280.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    @Aravind Sai Kuchibhotla on (February 25, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

    Non of Rahane, Rayudu, Rohit are International ODI batsman. all avg about 35 in LA.

    Your comment about Virat Kohli's ODI avg is wrong. cheak it. He avg 51 in both LA & ODIs.

    Rahane, Rohit has better avg then Kohli. But they had played only 5/6 matches. Kohli hadn't played 25. So We can't decide that Kohli is better 'test batsman' then Rohit / Rahane.

    Rayudu was averaging over 50 at starting of his carrer. But his avg gone down & down respectively.He is very inconsistant even in LA/FC matches.

    Rayudu/Rahane/Rohit/Raina can only fill no.7 slot of slogger.

  • JontyG on February 25, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Team India should start afresh for the next WC. Young Team. The only players I'd love to see back in the team are MSD and Raina/UV We need to prepare our fast bowling resources - the likes of Umesh,Aaron, Ishwar,Bhuvi and Ishant, led by Shami. Binny still needs time and domestic games to prove himself. young players like Unmukt Chand and Sanju Samson should be selected for A tours. the best 15 for this game are Rohit - Dhawan - Kohli - Pujara - Rahane/Rayudu - Karthik - Ashwin - Jadeja - Bhuvi - Shami - Aaron

  • phunny_game on February 25, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Dont think Pujara or Binny are gonna get a look in. VK would not risk so much in the first match. May be Pujara has an outside chance but Binny, no chance at all. Most likely the team would be (its not my 11, and i guess nobody cares about our 11's anyway :D) Dhawan, Rohit, Pujara/Rahane, Kohli, Rayudu, Karthik, Jaddu, Ashwin, Shami, Aaron, BK/Pandey.

  • fr600 on February 25, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    If Anamul isn't performing, why is he still there? Tamim and Shamsur are a good pair.

  • on February 25, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    india will win it easily,its very difficult for any team to beat india in asian condition

  • on February 25, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Its a 50/50 contest.but i can sense bangladesh pulling it off.

  • jerryman on February 25, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    BD must play to their strengths with 3 spinners and try to strangle the run scoring in the middle order . That is their only chance of winning the game . They will certainly miss Shakib in his bowling ... However cricket is a funny game and India cannot count on their ranking status for a win . India have the edge ,time will tell . Dhoni will be missed as a finisher . Kohlis wicket could be the key in what sort of total India could post if they bat first .

  • phunny_game on February 25, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    @Mamunn @mzm149 Not underestimating BD at all, and fully knowing they can match top tier teams on their day, it would still be an upset if BD can win tomorrow. And i guess everybody knows last time when BD won, it was due to slow batting of a certain Indian great and we are proud of that feat even if we lost that game. And if we are talking about history, lets go to the 2011 WC where IND beat BD black and blue. Atleast be practical, you guys talk as if India has got no chance and they will get rolled over.

    P.S.: Even the guy who we hate the most in our team scored a Double hundred in his last match in subcontinent conditions. Double hundred in an ODI...!!! Think about it... lollll

  • shezan81 on February 25, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    virat will score century no 19 tomorrow

  • crazytaurean on February 25, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    The Indian openers will hold the key. If they flop, then it will make things interesting for viewers.. !! Hope Amit Mishra or Stuart Binny get a game in this tournament. Tired of watching Ashwin.

  • SL_Wolverine on February 25, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    I wish Bangladesh will win this match

  • bdsmaruf on February 25, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    I agree with mash, not upset to beat india.

  • KrikIndFan on February 25, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Its been a while since Ind played against minnows, a practice match to play Pak & SL later. BD have years to go before they could fill in Pak/SL shoes, Ind is a million miles ahead. Good they finally agree on the new ICC proposal, now they will get to boost their confidence, get a chance to play team like India even more and learn a thing or two from the mighty Kohli, Dhawan, Rohit, Jadeja, Ashwin etc, too bad we'll be missing Dhoni who can singlehandedly rip apart Pak, SL, Afghan & BD all together. Looking forward to some more records from Indian team.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on February 25, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    As a Bd fan to me BD balling is quite weak even with shakib, without shakib its nothing, so I dont expect Bd to win against india and other two teams. I do agree that Bd newcomer batsmen anamul, momenul, shamsur are very very talented promising and they already make BD batting dangerous against any side but cricket is not just batting. I think we BD fans should be patient until new ballers come up and then expect regular wins against established teams. I am not saying Bd cannot win against india, I hope so and I have many SriLankan friends who love the fact that Bd often knock out india from major tournaments :) even when Bd was total minnow they knocked out india from wc 2007. Anyway, momenul just started cricket and he is so impressive I think he will become a world class batsman soon but Bd desperately needs its balling to happen what just happened to its batting - new talented faces .

  • on February 25, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    ohh yeah!! mashrafee say it because he did it before. All the previous match that BD won against IND, Mashrafee played a vital role. Who knows!! may be he will kick India again

  • on February 25, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    My 11: S.Dhawan, Karthik, Kohli, Pujara, Rayudu, Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mishra, Bhuvneshwar, Shami

    Why?

    Those who do argue Rayudu avg. should remember 1) Rahane also avg's around 35 in List A matches. I feel Rahane is inconsitent batsman.. 2) Kohli has lesser avg's in List A as well as ranji test matches than Rohit. Still as a international batsman, he is far better than Rohit and Rahane. 3) Shikar doesn't have good avg's in ranji's than Rohit, Rahane, still performed better than those two. 4) Dhoni's batting is most unorthodox compared to any proper batsman. Still he is far far better player than many proper technical batsman.

    This proves that, it is not technique that holds good... It is strong will to fight in tough times, temperament and more than all mental stength that makes them success in international level.

    Having two allrounders in flat tracks gives the option of having 6 bowlers at hand and thus if any one of them fails, we have extra bowler.

    So, Best team. Bet you.

  • cricket-is-passion on February 25, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    I think this young team is looking good can grab the cup if they play to their potenrial. Here is what I would think is better playing 11..

    Prefer Pujara over Rayudu but send Pujara as no 3. Also bring in Binny considering his skill with the bat to fill batsmans until playing No9 batsman. Paydey would be a better fit over Binny but never seen his bowling so not sure how much effective bringing him on flat track. Clearly missing a bowler to fill in 5th bowler quota if Binny plays unless bowls well. In that case Kohli/Dhawan/Rohit along with Binny may share the 5th bowler responsibilities as most of the asian pitches are either flat tracks or spin friendly. Good luck team india, hoping Kohli can make this oppertunity count so he can be better groomed in new future to lead both test and ODI once Dhoni/selectors decided to give up captaincy.

    Dhawan Rohit Kohli Pujara/Rayudu Rahane Karthik Aswin Jadeja Kumar Shami Binny/Aaron/Pandey

  • Mamunn on February 25, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    I think Bangladesh will win this match.

  • Tokai69 on February 25, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    @ankit_cricketfreak, I heard exactly the same bully in last Asia cup 2012 that India will make 400+ runs or ......... Anyway expecting a good match and a big Indian crowd in Fotullaha, as more than 5 lakhs Indian workers working in big cities in Bangladesh now!

  • on February 25, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    High and mighty comments from Mortaza. Looking at their recent outings, a win for the Bangladesh national team even against their U 19 team can be deemed as an upset.

  • Dhutugemunu on February 25, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    "I don't count it as an upset if we win against India. We have done it before." Mashrafe Mortaza believes Bangladesh can match up to India. Another boasting statement from BD player.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    @Ashrit365 on (February 25, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

    I am not prefering Aswin as frontline spinner. I prefer him as a batsman + part time handly spinner. ( like Yuvi in ODIs).Aswin has 40+ avg batting at no.8.2 100s + 3 50. He has a 60+ score in AUS.

    I think India have not a international spinner apart from Jaddu. Don't tell me about Mishra (5 wickets in 9 ODIs against stronger team - apart from WI, Zim, NZ) or Harbhajan (failed to take wickets in Ranji on spining Indian track) or Oza( never played overseas, failed against ENG/AUS at home, just succeded against NZ/WI)

    We should try Kuldeep yadav, Deepak Hooda, Gani (all 3 great U19 spiners), Nadeem, Rasool, Abdulla (all 3 top spiner of Ranji).

  • ksquared on February 25, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    @Tokai69 were we watching the same game? Apart from the time of misbah and akmal partnership SL was ahead almost the entire match

  • HarrowXI on February 25, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    1)S Dhawan 2) Rohit 3)Kohli 4) Pujara 5) Raydu(wk) 6) Ashwin 7) Binny 8) Jadeja 9) Bhuvi 10) Pandey 11) Shami

    No need for Rahane as Binny, Ashwin and Jadeja can bat. Bowling needs to re inforse on flat pitches.

  • ksquared on February 25, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    No disrespect to BD but I feel they might have had a better chance in Dhaka or Chittagong judging from the pitch in Fatullah for SL PAK match seems like it was specially imported from Mumbai or Chennai for the indian flat track bullies....;)

  • bdsmaruf on February 25, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    samsur, kayes, naeem, mominul, musfiq, nasir, zia, gazi, razzak, mash, robel.

  • ankit_cricketfreak on February 25, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    mzm149 : "equally matched teams will play tomorrow" : Virat Kohli , if given an option , can outplay entire Bangladesh Batting line up. No matter you have Tamim Iqbal or not. PERIOD. Don't think this game even deserves a mention , hoping a victory by atleast 150 runs if India gets to bat first , or chasing down Bangladesh's target in some 35-40 odd overs.

  • Srilanka-rules on February 25, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Bangladesh still have miles to go. Not a single batsman in their rank who has an average above 40 shows the picture. With India already humiliated, Bangla has an outside chance

  • screamingeagle on February 25, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Looking forward to Mortaza being drilled tomorrow. As well as the rest of them.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on February 25, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Even the Maharashtra team can beat this Bangladesh team. They are half the side they usually are without Shakib.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    @ AB Chowdhury Apu on (February 25, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

    I am not taking BD much litely man. But India are far batter than BD.for India lose against BD would be major upset.

    Going into WC2015 India should take some risk for playing 11 although they lose 1 or 2 matches. India should find their best 11 because 11 playing now isn't best of India.

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    My pick - Dhawan, Sharma, Pujara, Kohli, Rayadu, Karthik, Jadeja, Binny, Bhuvi, Shami,Varun.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    @ Saaransh Verma on (February 25, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

    Not top 3, 2 of 3 are playing well. R.Sharma is not giving stebilty nor agretation at top of the order.

    Rayudu is not capable to be in 15. He has avg of just 36 in LA. just one 100 in 71 LA matches. He just come to bat, waste some balls to set & then throw his wicket.

    Aswin is far batter then him. 40+ test avg batting at no.8. He can bat orthodoxly & after setling down he can have some long hits. Jadeja also have more ability with avg of 45 & 3 triple 100s.Give me a inning that Aswin had his time to play(50-60 balls) but failed.

    I would not select Aswin as spinner nor Harbhajan. Bhajji is past like Zaheer. He has just failure at Ranji on Spinning track. then what can he do at overseas???

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    India odi team for 2015 world cup :- I am a aselector and always best in choosing the best:- 1. Dhawan 2. Uthappa 3. Kohli 4. Dinesh karthick 5. Yuvaraj 6. Raina 7. Dhoni 8. Ashwin 9. Unadkat 10. Shami 11. Bhuvanesh 12. Binny / Rahane 13. Pujara 14. Jadeja 15. Rahul sharma

  • S.Jagernath on February 25, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    India should rest Mohammed Shami,there is no point in him bowling to the point of injury for an ODI cup.The surfaces are ridiculously flat in Bangladesh,the whiteness will make any bowler cringe.Ajinkya Rahane should be ignored for all limited overs cricket cricket.

  • Tokai69 on February 25, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Stats doesn't say much! Look at today's match when SL beat PAK, between this two teams PAK won 60.52% and SL only 39.48% in the ODI. Tomorrow will be a new game between BAN and IND and anybody can win!

  • Ashrit365 on February 25, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    @dhairyboghani - Ashwin played 15 matches in india and just 4 outside india his average in india is very good and abroad is very dull.his test match was against south africa where he bowled 42 overs without taking a wicket

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Best XII of Bangladesh: 1. Shamsur 2. Anamul 3. Momin 4.Mushfiq 5. Nayeem 6. Nasir 7. Zia 8. Gazi 9. Mashrafee 10.Sunny/ Razzak 11.Alamin/Rubel

  • mzm149 on February 25, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Equally matched teams will play tomorrow. Considering Bangladesh won last time they played each other, Indian win will be an upset.

  • netk on February 25, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    S Dhawan, R Sharma, V Kohli, A Rahane, D Karthik, S Binny, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, M Shami & V Aaron

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    DhairyBoghani, you must be joking here! Last time we faced you, beaten comfortably despite the best best batsman you have ever produced, scored his 100th Hundred. Now you're talking about playing some trial players! lets face it, play your best available 11 and see if you can beat us! And understanding the fact of crickets uncertainty, if you do beat us,, whats the margin!

  • street_smart on February 25, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    I would play Rahane over Rayadu & Binny over Varun Aron. In the flat deck Varun Aron will get smacked any way without completing his quota. Probably Binny will be performing similar too in bownling but hs batting will also provide an edge.

    With Binny & Jadeja we will have two allrounder to provide a balance.

  • akshaykatyura on February 25, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    Come on boys show them why we India are world champions.

  • Dhutugemunu on February 25, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    A match between the Current World Champions (Ind) and defending Asian Runners up (BD). It's interesting that the last ODI encounter between those two teams were way back in 2012 and during last Asia Cup. That was not a good memory for Ind since BD won that match by 5 wickets chasing 289 at Mirpur.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    In all 3 or 4 matches BD won against IND, there was any of the BD's 'fantastic 4: Tamim, Shakib, Mashrafee, and Rahim' performing the best in the match. In the last asia cup as well as in the world cup it was mashrafee, whim, shakib, and tamim who destroyed indian chances of wining the match. But now BD is without two of their fantastic four and will see how they do. Shamsur can hit the ball hard too and in some sense he is better than tamim.

  • sundersingh on February 25, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    my team would be : dhawan, rohit, kohli, pujara, rahane, DK, ashwin, jaddu,binny,varon, shami

  • viru-319-219 on February 25, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Rohit sharma played some good knocks at top of the order but I dont really think he should open. My reasons for this are 1) His tendency to play loose outside off stump (Dangerous as ball swings initially) 2) His attitude is just to survive initial 10 overs (wasting overs abd increasing pressure on others) 3) His ability to take game away in middle and final overs (play him at 4 or 5 if Yuvi returns)

    My starting XI for WC2015 is 1) Dhawan, 2) Uthappa, 3) Kohli, 4) Yuvi, 5) Rohit, 6) Dhoni, 7) Irfan Pathan 8) Jadeja/Ashwin 9) Bhuvi, 10)Shami and 11) Umesh/Aaron.

    Uthappa should be given chances starting now and should be given freedom and confidence to express himself as Ganguly did with Sehwag. He is a far better player when he plays aggressive. He pulls and Cuts well and India needs that from opener on bouncy tracks in WC2015. Bowling has 4 pacers with Umesh/Aaron and Shami who can bowl more than 140KPH and Swing bowlers Irfan and Bhuvi.

  • huffpost on February 25, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    It should not matter even if this team lacks experience and is young, I expect the top 3 to hang in there and rest assured, we will have a run fest..

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Posted by DhairyBoghani on (February 25, 2014, 15:55 GMT) Your lineup does not make any sense at all.The top 3 are just doing fine while pujara wasted his chance against Zimbawe. I feel Dinesh karthik should take the place of dhoni as a slogger while rayudu should play at 4 to provide the team with stability and attacking approach if required. The balling is the thing to worry about especially at the death and the middle overs. I feel the experience of bhajji should come handy in both odi and test. Ashwin has to be the 12th man and Ojha should be given a chance in odi's as well. I hope that India does well with this under 30 lineup.

  • joza on February 25, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    I think India should go with this lineup:

    1. Dhawan 2. Pujara 3. Rahane 4. Kohli 5. Sharma 6. DK 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. BK 10. Shami 11. Aaron

    Pujara seems like the perfect ODI opener. He can just play his natural game at the top of the order. Rahane is showing lots of potential, and I think has the potential for a very good career. Kohli can stay at his natural #4 so he's not under any added pressure on top of captaining.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    This should be India's eleven tomoro 1.Rohit 2.dhawan 3.kholi 4.Rahane 5.Dk 6.ashwin 7.jaddu 8.binny 9.bhuvi 10.shami 11.varun aaron. We will have the batting depth upto no8 and even bhuvi can bat and we can use the all rounding ability of stuart binny as well. We have 4 fast bowlers and 2 spinners...

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Current Bd team moral is a bit out of sort at the moment as so many things happening around them...it will become even more difficult without Shakib and Tamim and most probably Mashrafi as well...they are the top performer as far as p the BD concerns..India's point of view, without dhoni is not at all a problem for India as they have far better batting line up than BD...But again India should not experiment too much as it is an important start of their Asia cup mission...I am a Bangladeshi..you can understand that i want Bangladesh to play well(as realistic)..But Best of luck to virat Kohli and India also....

  • stormy16 on February 25, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    The good news for India is finally they get a chance to win away from home, albeit on familiar conditions. What's more Bangladesh have struggled for a while at home now and are missing their best player Sakib so I give them little chance against a strong Indian team.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Bangladesh's spin heavy bowling wouldn't be that much of a threat against their Asian opponents, as well as in the next world cup going to be held in Aus/NZ. Now, as Ziaur is selected; they should play him. An aggressive bat and reasonable bowler, he should be the man for 2015 WC also. To be successful in the WC, Bangladesh would need to have pace bowling allrounders and Zia should be in the scheme of things.

  • CandidIndian on February 25, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    With weak bowling and without Dhoni , India's chances of winning this tournament seems bleak. Although it will be good exposure for Virat Kohli as a captain.

  • CandidIndian on February 25, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    With weak bowling and without Dhoni , India's chances of winning this tournament seems bleak. Although it will be good exposure for Virat Kohli as a captain.

  • twistatwistaa on February 25, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    opening combination cant get any better than rahane and shikhar dhawan , not just in one day but in test matches as well, together they would make the worlds best opening pair in india and abroad .

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    My line up for BD & AFG matches.(I think in all 5/6 matches if they can perform their role.)

    1.Dhawan 2.Poojara 3.Kohli 4.Aswin 5.Jadeja 6.Kartik 7.Rohit/Rayudu/Rahane 8.Binny 9.Kumar 10.Shami/Aaron 11.Panday.

    Shami & Aaron are very inconstistant. On their day they can take 3/4 wickets & other day they can taken apart for 80 odd runs. We shoud have one of this type not both.

    Rohit, Rahane, Rayudu are averaging under 35 in both LA & ODIs. that shows they can't play at top of the order. They should play at sloger.

  • on February 25, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    If we have Rubel we will lose since he will give away too many runs. If India score 300+ Bangladesh are out of the match. Also I would say both teams' bowling attack is probably the same in my opinion.

  • pull_shot on February 25, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    i think rohit should bat in middle overs, please what made india good team under sourav ganguly is there changes in batting order if ganguly struggling they promoted sehwag with tendulkar and vice versa and even tendulkar at no 4, these changes r what we were missing under dhoni's captaincy he is not willing to gamble as he has in early part of his carrier and hence d result

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    I think against BD we should try out some players. We should do some experiment to select proper team for WC2015.

    Play Poojara with Dhavan as opner.

    Aswin is matured batsman. He can play at no.4 & bowl some handly 5-6 overs.(In SC he will bowl 10 but 5-6 outside India.)

    Play Binny as a all rounder. He can bat well.(He has 100 in last FC played.) Bowl some handly 6-7 overs in death/powerplay. It would be hard to score fast against his medium pace bowling & cutters.

    Try Panday. He is young, energetic who can bowl far batter than Ishant.

    Tell Bhuvi not to be more defencive. just attack and try to get early wickets like he has done early in his career. Caption should tell him not to worry about runs considerd.

    Jadeja is not man who can spin big. But he is more than handful with his perfect line & length. Caption should tell him to consantrate on his ability & not to overret himself.

  • on February 25, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    There's 2 left handers in the 11 for BD.. Ashwin should not start.. I hope he sits this tournament out.. We need to test Amit Mishra before the world T20.. He is our best limited overs spinner.. I'd say he is our best spinner across the three formats..

  • JustIPL on February 25, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    How long this indian middle order will remain new. They all have played a lot and most of them made their come back after fab4 exit from the scene. They also play tremendous amount of domestic cricket so they should be able to make their mark in asia cup.

  • on February 25, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Dhawan & Rohit are settled at the top. No way Kohli would take a risk there. Kohli at 3 is everyone likes (including himself). 4,5 & 6 are crucial. Apart from Karthik Pujara, Rahane, Bunny, Rayudu would fight for other two slots. But there is a dark horse. Jadeja is definitely a capable bat at 4. He runs fast, can hit big and perfectly compliment Kohli. So he grabs this. Karthik & Rayudu at 5 & 6. Karthik is a busy player and Rayudu is more powerful. Ashwin at 7 and at 8 either Binny or Bhuvi can depending on the pitch. Mishra should play and come in at 9. He will be handful on turners Varun Aaron and Pandey should be the quicks. Shami needs rest, Aaron is effective in short spells (we have 6 bowlers) and Pandey can be good death bowler. This can be a perfect side.

    Though people call Kohli aggressive, I feel he will toe line Dhoni and select the following squad. Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Rahane, Rayudu, Karthik, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bhuvi, Shami & Aaron.

  • twistatwistaa on February 25, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    rohit sharma is a good batsman but not a good opener, i would rather go with rahane who is more classical and solid he plays excellent cover drive and a classical cut shot my playing 11 would be 1. rahane 2. shikhar dhawan 3.virat kohli 4.dinesh kartik 5. rohit sharma 6. ashwin 7. binny 8. jadeja 9. b kumar 10 m sami 11 amit mishra

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    To become superpower in world & win worldcup2015 India have to have genuine fast bowling all rounder. India have Jadeja & Aswin as spin bowling allrounders but not enough to play in NZ SA/AUS/ENG/WI. all teams have one/two fast bowling allrounders as their key sucess. ENG-Bopara & Stokes SA-Kallis & Maklaran AUS-Faulkner & Watson WI-Sammy & Polard & Bravo SL-Methews & Parera & Kulasekera NZ-Andersan & Nasheem. So I think India should use Binny in all ODIs and bring R Dhavan/Nayar/Shukla/ Bhatiya as another allrounder.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    People who want Amit Mishra instad of Aswin.

    Amit mishra: played 13 tests took 43 wickets avg 43.30

    Ravi Ashwin: played 19 test took 104 wickets avg 28.50

    Mishra wickets: 37 from 21 matches 18 from 5 matches v/s Zim 11 from 5 matches v/s WI 3 from 2 matches v/s Ban 5 from 9 matches v/s strong team.

    Aswin wickets: 97 from 75 matches 25 from 16 matches v/s Eng 24 from 15 matches v/s Sl 16 from 13 matches v/s Wi 12 from 10 matches v/s NZ 12 from 11 matches v/s Aus 6 from 5 matches v/s Pak 2 from 5 matches v/s SA+Ban+Zim

    So you can decide what is the fact. I am not telling Aswin is best. We can replace him with young guy but not with worst Amit.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Some digits of AVG of Indian cricketers taken from espncricinfo.com suggest that players playing at LA avg of 50 is not taken and players with LA avg of 35 is playing every game.here is list.

    Player LaAvg (La matches)+ODIsavg (ODIs)

    Pujara 54.57 (68) Kedar Jadhav 51.11 (44) SR 106.36 Kohli 51.01 (164) + 51.85 (130) Dhoni 52.06 (300) + 53.28 (243) Dhawan 46.37 (136) + 41.00 (35) KL Rahul 52.53 (15) Juneja 44.23 (22)

    Raina 36.55 (244) + 35.35 (189) Yuvraj 37.65 (374) + 36.37 (293) Rahane 34.37 (86) + 22.30 (23) Rohit 36.85 (186) + 35.68 (119) Rayudu 36.25 (71) Uthappa 36.94 (136) + 27.10 (38) Yusuf Pathan 33.83 (145) + 27 (57) D Kartik 36.33 (161) + 28.06 (67) Sehvag 34.44 (324)+ 35.05 (251) Gambhir 37.55 (261) + 39.68 (147)

    How can we except players don't have 40+ avg at LA level will be a great ODI player? We should have 3 players in top 5 with avg of 50+ & 1 avg of 40+.

  • DhairyBoghani on February 25, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Hope Jadeja whould get a chance to bat up in the order. He never get chance to set and play. He plays at no.7 in odis where he has to loft only. He played 6 tests before. only once (delhi test against aus) he got a chance to score and found a solid partner at other end. He responded with 44 (243 total). He plays at no.7. So he never get a pqrtner who can stay at there. he hit 3 triple 100s last year at FC. ( he bats at no.4 there.)

  • Arun_Mathew on February 25, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    after so long time, India may see change in strategy, we must play with aggression and try to win, binny should play and should bat at no:8, my team would be: dhawan rohit pujara kohli karthik ashwin jadeja binny shami mishra varun aaron

    we should focus on restricting the opposition, so have to play 6 bowlers, 3 spinners and 3 fast bowlers, mishra i think can pick up wickets in the crucial middle orders, binny can bowl 6/7 overs and be the finisher as he can hit long. pujara at 3 and kohli at no 4 for more balance. ashwin ahead of jaddu as he can bat more in a orthodox fashion.

  • on February 25, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    SeriouslY!?! are we having this discussion? Just because a fluke happened doesnt mean it is a S.S.D.D (same story different day) ordeal! How can ppl think of comparing bangladesh with India? Im a Pakistani but im not blind! Kholi rohit the openers and my favourite kartik and jadeja are awesome im surprised at how this is even a consideration!!! GO TEAM INDIA

  • kricet_fan on February 25, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Pujara and Dhawan must open the innings for India and rohit should bat lower down the order as India does not have a finisher. Rohit will be a good choice for the finisher slot in the current Indian team. Also binny must be given a chance in the 11 as he can bat and bowl. We always win with our batting rather than depending on bowling, so making the batting lineup strong will increase our chances of winning.

    my 11: dhawan, pujara, kohli, rahane, karthik, rohit, binny, jadeja, ashwin, bhuvi, shami

  • sergio11 on February 25, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    The current middle order without Dhoni,Raina or Yuvi is looking so inexperience..having said that they will be playing in familiar conditions against weak bowling attacks on flat tracks through out the competition..so it wont he a "big challenge" but still will test india's batting...my team 1.Shikar 2.Rohit 3.Kholi 4.Pujara 5.DK 6.Binny 7. Jaddu 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvi 10.Aaron 11.Shami...Its better not to play Rahane if you gonna waste him at number 5...so why not Binny at 6..he is in good form..BAN wont be a challenge for ind for sure...

  • pull_shot on February 25, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    @ wapuser Brother almost all batsman scored 100 in 4 tests in SAF & NZ except rohit sharma and rahane,dhawan,kohli has 90+ score to go with it and we lost in nz every match in NZ not more than 30 runs, those runs r extra given by our bowlers, there is not much issue with batting

  • on February 25, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    please play Mishra and binny in playing xi

    my playing XI

    1.ROHIT SHARMA 2.SHIKHAR DHAWAN 3.VIRAT KOHLI 4.CHETESWAR PUJARA 5.DINESH KARTHIK 6.STUART BINNY 7.RAVNDRA JADEJA 8.RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN 9.AMIT MISHRA 10.MOHAMMAD SHAMI 11.VAROON AARON

    THIS XI INCLUDES 3 SPINNERS with one leg spinner,,,,,,one lefty off spinner,,,,,and one righty off spinner,,,,,AND 2 PACERS,,,,,,,one medium pacer in binny,,,,,,,,,this spin attack will trouble both righty and lefty batsman,,,,,,,

    binny's bowling is same as bhuvi's,,,,,,,,but binny will handy with his batting quality,,,,,,, and also I think he is lot better than bhuvi

    also this XI batting line up will be stronger,,,,,till no.9

  • rajattiwaari on February 25, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Pujara has to be in the top3. If they can't accommodate Pujara in top 3, he shouldn't be included. karthik at 4, rahane at 5, rayudu at 6,binny at 7.

  • barryrichardsfan on February 25, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    I am simply fed up with some knowledgable people showing concern over Pujara's strike rate. He is a class player and the word "class" is not attached for no reason. Guys please let the guy play at least a full series. Rahul Dravid ODI record is a testament in front of us, and the legend himself has admitted that Pujara is a far better player than he was at this stage of the career. See what value Amla and Misbah bring to their teams. Once Pujara gets on a roll, I bet he will be hard to stop.

  • i_amVIVA on February 25, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    hold on dudes, my bangla can still win fair and square; they did that against sl in sl last year, they did it against nz in bd, they did it against wi in bd, -- most without sakib or tamim in the team. don't count them out , nor call it upset; ind bowling is toothless, if bangla can bat well, then their avg bowling as well can hold tight to win this for us.... go Tigers.

  • t20superstars on February 25, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Guys, we have won the inaugral T20 world cup with a bunch of inexperienced peeps. So, I dont think the 'inexperience' would play a big factor when the game kick starts tomorrow. Also, this side has the enough talent to demolish any given attack on their day.

  • on February 25, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    It might sound strange but they could try Ravindra Jadeja up the order may be against Afganistan.. Not that he could be used as Middle order in future but that might be helpful for him to build an inning play 100 balls.. which he never did in these 5 years in Indian team! Try out a gamble.. future is important not these experiments! Take few risks! We need it!

  • Jawwad123 on February 25, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Under no circumstances should Anamul and Shamsur open BD's innings together. One of them always tends to get out early and there seems to be no chemistry amongst the two. Running between the wickets in the early stages is crucial and due to the lack of this BD tend to face an early collapse with the batsmen getting out to rash shots under pressure. In this case Imrul and Shamsur would be a better opening pair with Anamul coming in at no.3 OR later in the slog overs with Mominul filling in the no.3 position instead. If BD manages to get off to a good start while batting they can definitely pull off a victory!!

  • Nampally on February 25, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    India has one of the better middle order with Kohli, Pujara & Rahane- all capable of getting big scores. It is good to see Pujara finally making his debut under the Captaincy of kohli. The Selectors must have realised that Pujara will be on Bench if Dhoni was the captain. That is a good move by the Selectors. The 3 leading "Finishers" -Raina, Yuvraj & Dhoni - are all missing! With Shami & Aaron leading the pace attack, they must focus more on length than short pitch bowling to exploit their pace to its advantage. Aaron needs to focus more on length- on or slightly outside the off stump. Kohli must be particularly tough on Aaron to follow this line & length by speaking to his bowlers before the game & during the game. Dhawan & Rohit need to give India a good start so that India aim at >300 total. Disciplined batting, Bowling & Fielding needs to be the focus. This is a good team & has a potential to prove its worth by its performance on the field. Time to compensate for SA/NZ Losses!

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 25, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    Sounds good, but I think India should try out Pandey and Binny somewhere along the line as they would be crucial to the WC plans, if not as frontline bowlers, at least as backups. Pujara definitely needs to have an extended run in ODIs, its been long overdue. aybe Pandey can switch in for Aaron at some point and Binny could be used to rest Jadeja who has had a heavy workload recently.

  • ATIMAYANK on February 25, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    Its funny how Bangladeshis talk about India's bowling. Guys look at your own bowling at home or away. As if you guys are asters at taking 20 wickets in a test match. No matter how poor India's bowling is, it is much better than Bangladesh's. Miles ahead I'd say in both subcontinent and away conditions. Last time the Aussies visited us they were whitewashed 4-0. That's how well we bowl in Asia. Our under-15 bowlers are better than Mortaza and co.

  • on February 25, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Have three pace bowlers bowl in a good sporting pitch and you get down to India's back. They don't love pace and bounce. It will be an interesting contest though.

  • KrikIndFan on February 25, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Provided its their home ground BD will give it all to upset but a team like Ind playing in subcontinent pitch need not worry too much and take it as a practice match to play Pak & SL later. The question is how big margin they win to get that extra run rate. GO INDIA!.

  • on February 25, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    My XI: Dhawan, Rohit, Pujara(only on 3), Kohli, Rahane, Karthik, Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin, Pandey/Aaron, Bhuveneshwar kumar/Mohammad Sammi

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    I think it will be a tough test for both teams as both of them are relatively playing with young players specially Bangladesh team is without sakib and tamim

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    i think best xi player should be... dhawan,rahane,kohli,pujara,raydu,karthik,jadeja,ashwin,shami,kumar,pandey

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    mushfiq should keep behind the wickets. al amin is a better bowler than rubel.rubel only gets wicket when batsmen make mistakes and he consumes a hell lot of runs.but selectors will persist with him as he got wickets in last odi series.i wished he never got one.and for naeem islam,i actually never liked his batting.only plays a good role when too much wickets have fallen and the team just has to survive fifty overs by taking singles.well that happens often.but seriously his nick name (cchokka naeem) has become a farce.and ziaur please watch the ball.its cricket not danguliee!!

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    If batting is India's strength, We are in lack of pinch hitter(sum1 like Yuvi) and finisher(MSD).... Beating a team like Srilanka, Pakistan on their full potential, Tough luck for team India...:(

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    This new look Indian team shouldn't be fazed by the loss of their more seasoned pro's. There are plenty of players in this team who have played over 100 ODI's each- Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik. And plenty of others who've played 50+.

    With Rahane looking in good touch with a test century vs NZ in Wellington, back in home conditions he should prosper. The curious case remains where to place Pujara. The opening pair seem set in Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, The next likely place would be the highly coveted no 3 spot- however India are as likely to displace the heir to the Indian test captaincy (Kohli) just as likely as they are to warm to DRS. The only really feasible position to place Pujara where he can add stability to the team in methodical run accumulation is either to partner Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order displacing Rohit to No.5 or to keep him at No 4. Pujara needs to be given a sufficient role in the ODI side leading up to next years longer format World Cup.

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    pujara shouldn't be in the middle order, he might get stuck and there by slow the ruin raate in the middle overs.ideally he should open with dhawan, he can stabilise one end with dhawan playing his strokes at the other end.rohit has played in the middle order and know very well how to rotate the strike and keep the score board moving..he can also play the big shots if he lasts till the end.

  • Mukeshmdu on February 25, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    The best xi for Bangladesh would be 1.Shamsur 2. Imrul Kayes 3 Anamul 4. Mominul 5. Mushfiq 6 Naeem 7 Nasir 8 Ziaur 9 Razzak 10. Al amin Hossain 10 Rubel

  • vrkp on February 25, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    I would like Shami to be rested in tomorrow's match and against Afgans as he is playing in all matches since WI series in India. These are the matches where we can try new players and give experienced players some rest.

    My XI would be:

    Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Pujara, Karthik, S Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Aaron, Pandey.

    This XI has 5 regular bowlers (3 pacers and 2 spinners) plus Binny and Rohit can bowl few overs if required. Batting wise, we have 9 batsmen (apart from Aaron and Pandey).

    For next match, Rahane, Shami and Mishra can be tried depending on the performance of Rohit, Ashwin and one of the pacers.

    Binny and Pandey should play at least 2 matches if not all 4/5 of them.

    But knowing Kohli team selection from the past series, i think he will play it safe and choose:

    Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Pujara, Rayudu, Karthik, Jadeja,Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron V.

    Dont be surprised that if he plays the same XI in all matches and we won't miss Dhoni the captain by this way.

  • MAYURESHmagic on February 25, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    get Mishra in. he has lots of varieties and can turn bowl both ways.

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    i think india should rest ashwin n jadeja n bring irfan pathan back to strengthen thr bowling n give gambhir back to take advandage un start n put some pressure off frm the middle order so thy can all perform well.dhoni is a better captaincy material thn kohli bt dhoni prefer cheenai players to represent india rather thn to select a player on merit.so best wishes to kohli.lets see how ths series goes for india.excited to watch

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Would rather employ this batting lineup for tomorrow: 1. Shamsur 2. Imrul 3. Bijoy 4. Mominul 5.Mushfiq 6.Naeem 7.Nasir 8.Gazi 9.Mashrafe 10.Razzak 11.Rubel

  • Mukeshmdu on February 25, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    The best xi would be for india is 1. Shikhar dhawan 2. Rohit 3.Virat 4. Rayadu 5. Rahane 6. Karthik 7 Jadeja 8 Ashwin 9 Mishra 10 kumar 11 Sami ahmad

  • muthukumar.velusamy on February 25, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Pujara should open the batting if he is selected shifting Rohit to Middle Order. SO tat Pujara can bring stability in the initial over whereas Rohit can accelarate during slog overs.If Team want to persist with Rohit & Dhawan as opening pair it is better to Play Rayadu in the middle over instead of Pujara.Also it is high time Pandey Gets Bowling at 22 Yards middle pitch rather than nets.Hope Amit misra play ahead of Ashwin. If all Dhoni's favourite players gets to play then no use in change of Leadership. Need some changes to change the fortunes of Team.

  • Wahid59 on February 25, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Usually Tigers are a happy bunch of cricketers; if they could bring back that vibe: well, they may not be cakewalks as many people are presuming. Go, Tigers!

  • saymon1 on February 25, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    if u look at the current form in ODI's then it's BD>IND. Good luck to BD although we r missing 2 key players in the side.

    Against IND: 1.Shamsur 2.anamul 3.mominul 4.mushfiq 5.naeem 6.nasir 7.zia 8.gazi 9.mashrafee 10.razzak/sunny 11.rubel

  • saymon1 on February 25, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    if u look at the current form in ODI's then it's BD>IND. Good luck to BD although we r missing 2 key players in the side.

    Against IND: 1.Shamsur 2.anamul 3.mominul 4.mushfiq 5.naeem 6.nasir 7.zia 8.gazi 9.mashrafee 10.razzak/sunny 11.rubel

  • Wahid59 on February 25, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Usually Tigers are a happy bunch of cricketers; if they could bring back that vibe: well, they may not be cakewalks as many people are presuming. Go, Tigers!

  • muthukumar.velusamy on February 25, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Pujara should open the batting if he is selected shifting Rohit to Middle Order. SO tat Pujara can bring stability in the initial over whereas Rohit can accelarate during slog overs.If Team want to persist with Rohit & Dhawan as opening pair it is better to Play Rayadu in the middle over instead of Pujara.Also it is high time Pandey Gets Bowling at 22 Yards middle pitch rather than nets.Hope Amit misra play ahead of Ashwin. If all Dhoni's favourite players gets to play then no use in change of Leadership. Need some changes to change the fortunes of Team.

  • Mukeshmdu on February 25, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    The best xi would be for india is 1. Shikhar dhawan 2. Rohit 3.Virat 4. Rayadu 5. Rahane 6. Karthik 7 Jadeja 8 Ashwin 9 Mishra 10 kumar 11 Sami ahmad

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Would rather employ this batting lineup for tomorrow: 1. Shamsur 2. Imrul 3. Bijoy 4. Mominul 5.Mushfiq 6.Naeem 7.Nasir 8.Gazi 9.Mashrafe 10.Razzak 11.Rubel

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    i think india should rest ashwin n jadeja n bring irfan pathan back to strengthen thr bowling n give gambhir back to take advandage un start n put some pressure off frm the middle order so thy can all perform well.dhoni is a better captaincy material thn kohli bt dhoni prefer cheenai players to represent india rather thn to select a player on merit.so best wishes to kohli.lets see how ths series goes for india.excited to watch

  • MAYURESHmagic on February 25, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    get Mishra in. he has lots of varieties and can turn bowl both ways.

  • vrkp on February 25, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    I would like Shami to be rested in tomorrow's match and against Afgans as he is playing in all matches since WI series in India. These are the matches where we can try new players and give experienced players some rest.

    My XI would be:

    Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Pujara, Karthik, S Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Aaron, Pandey.

    This XI has 5 regular bowlers (3 pacers and 2 spinners) plus Binny and Rohit can bowl few overs if required. Batting wise, we have 9 batsmen (apart from Aaron and Pandey).

    For next match, Rahane, Shami and Mishra can be tried depending on the performance of Rohit, Ashwin and one of the pacers.

    Binny and Pandey should play at least 2 matches if not all 4/5 of them.

    But knowing Kohli team selection from the past series, i think he will play it safe and choose:

    Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Pujara, Rayudu, Karthik, Jadeja,Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Aaron V.

    Dont be surprised that if he plays the same XI in all matches and we won't miss Dhoni the captain by this way.

  • Mukeshmdu on February 25, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    The best xi for Bangladesh would be 1.Shamsur 2. Imrul Kayes 3 Anamul 4. Mominul 5. Mushfiq 6 Naeem 7 Nasir 8 Ziaur 9 Razzak 10. Al amin Hossain 10 Rubel

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    pujara shouldn't be in the middle order, he might get stuck and there by slow the ruin raate in the middle overs.ideally he should open with dhawan, he can stabilise one end with dhawan playing his strokes at the other end.rohit has played in the middle order and know very well how to rotate the strike and keep the score board moving..he can also play the big shots if he lasts till the end.