Former Indian cricketer, VVS Laxman has opined that Bangladesh with be facing 1-2 series loss in the upcoming Twenty20 International (T20I) series against India, scheduled to commence on November 3. The first T20I is scheduled to be played in Delhi while Rajkot will host the second match and the final game will be played in Nagpur.
Laxman said, “It will be a tough series for the home team since Bangladesh is traveling with a strong side, but I feel the series will be 2-1 in favor of India.” However, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has been rested for the T20I series against Bangladesh and Rohit Sharma will be leading the team in the absence of Kohli.
Former Indian cricketer also added that India’s top-order will pose a difficult challenge for Bangladesh’s bowling attack.
Laxman said, “Also, with the form Rohit and KL Rahul are in right now, with (Shikhar) Dhawan looking at establishing himself, I am backing the Indian batting power to win the series.”
Bangladesh has traveled to India without their skipper, Shakib Al Hasan, who received a ban from all forms of cricket by the ICC for not reporting corrupt approaches during Bangladesh’s tri-series with Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in January 2018. Speaking on Bangladesh’s bowling attack, Laxman said that Mustafizur will hold the key for the visitors.
Laxman concluded, “However, on their bowling department pressure will be more on Mustafizur (Rahman) to deliver since the fast-bowling line-up looks inexperienced compared to their spin bowler in the team. Mustafizur would need to play key-role in picking-up early wickets with the new ball since Virat is not there in the side and team India seems to be little inexperienced in the middle order.”