After a month of football madness, let’s return to cricket
There is a Test starting today, the second of the two-match series between India and Bangladesh, and it’s crucial for India’s chances of qualifying for the World Test Championship final for the second consecutive time. And the next two months are going to be quite busy for the Indian team.
Some of you may be feeling a little out of sync at the moment. But don’t worry and read on. Just to give you a little background, since India’s T20 World Cup semi-final exit, a week before the Fifa World Cup started, India have played three T20Is and ODIs each in New Zealand and three ODIs and one Test in Bangladesh.
In New Zealand, India won the T20 series 1-0 and lost the ODI series 1-0. In Bangladesh, they lost the ODI series 2-1.
India won the first Test against Bangladesh comfortably by 188 runs. They experienced a few hiccups on the way – understandable since it was their first Test match since July – but admirably managed to get the better of their stubborn hosts on the fifth day.
Now that you are abreast of what’s been happening with your beloved Men in Blue, let’s take a look at what awaits them immediately after the Bangladesh series.
The second Test against Bangladesh is going to be India’s last match this year. The next year, the year of the ODI World Cup, will begin with whiteball series – 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs – against Sri Lanka from Jan 3 to 15. It’ll be followed by another twoformat white-ball series against New Zealand from Jan 18 to Feb 1. Four Tests and three ODIs against Australia from February 9 to March 22 will be India’s last international engagement before they take a break for the Indian Premier League.
In the coming months, India’s focus is going to be on the WTC final and the ODI World Cup, to be played at home in October-November. Hope, this helps in recovering from football induced amnesia.
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