India were ruthless in all the facets of the game in the recently concluded Test series as they whitewashed South Africa 3-0. The next assignment for Kohli's men will be a three-match T20I series against Bangladesh which starts from November 3 followed by a two-match Test series.
Despite India's dominant display former India cricketer VVS. Laxman however, believes that the series against the Bangla Tigers will be a ‘competitive’ one and Bangladesh will give India a tough fight.
Laxman said in the post-match analysis after the Ranchi Test that he felt India versus Bangladesh series is going to be a competitive one. "The Bangladesh squad was more experienced than the current South Africa team and most of the Bangladesh players were also in good form. The Bangladesh team has grown over the years and cannot be taken lightly considering the fact that they have always given a tough fight to the Indian team in T20Is.”
While the Bangladesh players are currently on strike, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is sure that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will resolve the issue with the players and the series won't be affected. Ganguly confirmed on Monday that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had accepted the invitation sent to her to come and witness the second Test between India and Bangladesh at the historic Eden Gardens from November 22 to 26.
As per the reports, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart would be invited to be a part of the opening day of the second game of the Test series. Ganguly has now added that Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will also be invited for the game.
It is speculated that Virat Kohli is expected to sit out of the three-match Twenty20 International series against Bangladesh. In his absence, Rohit Sharma will take over as captain. India will look to continue their winning run and thus strengthen their position in the ICC World Test Championship Points Table.