Published: Thu, November 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

Virat Kohli has said that the introduction of the pink ball into the upcoming test series between India and Bangladesh is exciting.

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

The series will be another opportunity for India to test their new opening combination of Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal. Both Umesh and Ishant bowled at a lively pace on a green Indore wicket after India were made to field first at the start of the two-match series. They stretched India in the T20I series, which they lost 1-2. It won the Dhaka Test by an innings and 140 runs, with left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan taking 11 wickets in a player-of-the-match performance which overshadowed Sachin Tendulkar registering his highest Test score (248 not out), and followed it up with another victory by an innings and 83 runs. In Shakib and Tamim's absence, Bangladesh would bank heavily on captain Mominul, Mushfiqur, "keeper-bat Liton Das and Mahmadullah to counter the hosts" rampaging bowling attack. India piled up 687 for six before declaring, with Kohli himself hitting a double-century (204) while Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha also registering three-figure scores.

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India are sitting atop the championship table with 240 points, while Bangladesh are yet to play a game. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be the leading spinners.

Although Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah are committed cricketers, but in the longest format, they aren't exactly formidable names. With (World) Test Championship, every match is equally important. Shakib was ousted from this series owing to a two-year suspension for failing report corrupt approaches to the ICC.

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