In a closely contested T20I series, India piped Bangladesh to finish victors with a 2-1 margin. With the series locked at 1-1 going into the decider at Nagpur, India’s young blood — Deepak Chahar, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul — combined to thwart an inspired Bangladesh effort.
With the T20I series done, India and Bangladesh now shift focus to the Test matches beginning on November 14 in Indore. The second and final Test of the series to be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, starting November 22, will be a historic one as it will be the first-ever Day/Night Test in India.
The two-Test match series could also see a few records being broken. Here’s a low-down.
Highest individual score in India-Bangladesh Tests
As of now, the highest individual score in India-Bangladesh Tests is in the name of Sachin Tendulkar, who made an unbeaten 248 at Dhaka in December 2004. This is also Tendulkar’s best-ever score in Test matches. With the kind of form they are in, either skipper Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma could challenge this score, and move to the top of the table. Kohli’s current Test best in 254 not out, and Rohit’s 212, both of which came in the Test series against South Africa.
Kohli can overtake Ganguly
The Indian skipper needs another 147 runs to go past another former captain, and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, and climb to number six among India’s all-time leading Test run-getters. Kohli has 7,066 runs from 82 Tests at an average of 54.77 while Ganguly scored 7,212 runs in 113 Tests, averaging 42.17.
Rahane just behind Vijay
Indian middle-order bat Ajinkya Rahane needs only eight runs to go past Murali Vijay and move to 16th spot on the list of all-time leading run-getters for India. Rahane has scored 3,975 in 61 Tests at an average of 43.20. Vijay, who has perhaps played his last Test for India having lost his place in the team after a long run of low scores, also played 61 Tests for 3,982 runs at an average of 38.28.
Ashwin chasing Pathan’s record
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin needs eight wickets to go past Irfan Pathan and jump to second spot among highest wicket-takers in India-Bangladesh Tests. Ashwin has 11 wickets in two Tests at an average of 24.18. Pathan, on the other hand, picked up 18 wickets in two Tests while averaging 11.88. Ishant Sharma, who has 13 wickets from five Tests, could also challenge Pathan’s record.
Most 10-wicket match hauls for India
If Ashwin picks up 10-wicket match hauls in both the Tests, he would go past legend Anil Kumble to become the Indian bowler with most 10-wicket match hauls. As of now, Ashwin has seven 10-wicket match hauls in 68 Tests. Kumble picked up eight in his 132-Test career.
Will Rahim go past Ashraful?
Bangladesh’s experienced wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim needs exactly 50 runs to overtake Mohammad Ashraful and become the leading run-scorer for his team in India-Bangladesh Tests. Till date, Rahim has played four Tests against India, and has scored 377 runs at an average of 56.16, with two hundreds and a best of 127. The now-disgraced Ashraful featured in six Tests against India, and notched up 386 runs at an average of 42.88, with one hundred — his best of 158 not out.
Bangladesh searching for maiden Test win against India
Considering India’s sensational form at home, this will be a next to impossible task for Bangladesh. India and Bangladesh have faced each other in nine Tests so far, with India winning seven, and two games ending in a draw. Bangladesh will, however, draw confidence from the fact that they registered their maiden T20I win against India at Delhi.