V.V.S. Laxman feels Bangladesh’s batting gives them a huge opportunity to upset India at its own backyard, as the teams gear up for Twenty20 series, beginning Sunday.
The series-opener will be played in New Delhi and will be followed by matches in Rajkot (November 7) and Nagpur (November 11).
The T20 series will be followed by a two-match Test series with Eden Garden set to host India’s first day-night Test with the pink ball from November 22.
Laxman, a veteran of 134 Tests, says the T20 series is the best opportunity for Bangladesh to beat the formidable host.
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“This is the best opportunity for Bangladesh to beat India in their home soil since they have depth in their batting line-up. However, in their bowling department pressure will be more on Mustafizur (Rahman) to deliver since the fast-bowling line-up looks in-experienced compared to their spin attack,” Laxman said on a show in Star Sports.
“Mustafizur would need to play key-role in picking-up early wicket with the new ball. Since Virat is not there in the side, Team India seems to be little inexperienced in the middle order,” he said.
Laxman said it’s time that youngsters take the responsibility to win matches and series for India.
“Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal will be key for India’s bowling department because the venues where the matches will be played is more spinner friendly. There is a lot of inexperience in this bowling line-up so I hope Yuzendra Chahal plays all three matches.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for other young players like Krunal Pandya to win matches and bowl those tough overs to emerge victorious,” he said.
Laxman though predicted that India will still go on to win the series 2-1.
“I feel the series will be 2-1 in favour of India. Also with the form Rohit (Sharma) and K.L. Rahul are in right now, with (Shikhar) Dhawan looking at establishing himself, I am backing the Indian batting power to win the series,” he said.
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