Over a decade and a half after Bangladesh, with the support of India, was admitted to the Test match arena, will finally get to play a Test match on their neighbours soil on Thursday, when the two countries face each other in a one-off Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad.
The sides have played each other in eight Tests over the past 16 years, with all the fixtures taking place in Bangladesh. India have won six of those games, with the other two being drawn. Including the most recent meeting in June 2015 in Fatullah, a match that was ruined by the weather, but which India had dominated during the play that was possible.
Amit Mishra, who was part of the Indian side for the fifth Test against England recently, has aggravated the knee injury that he sustained during the last T20I against England, and has been withdrawn from the squad for Thursday fixture.
The leg-spinners place has been taken by the wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who is called up to the Test squad for the first ever time.
Kuldeep played against the tourists in their warm up game against India “A”. He took 1-32 and 2-2 in the Bangladesh second innings. He has already been selected for the three-day game against Australia in mid-February. In 22 first-class games to date, he has claimed a total of 81 wickets, which have cost him 33.11 runs each.
With the India squad containing three other spinners, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep may have to wait his chance to make his Test debut.
Bangladesh will go into the Test without their leading opening batsman Imrul Kayes, who has failed to recover from the thigh injury suffered while fielding on the second day of the tourists warm-up fixture against India “A”.
He had previously missed the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch in January with an injury to the same thigh.