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Will Mayank Agarwal make a big mark against Bangladesh?
Will Mayank Agarwal make a big mark against Bangladesh?

Post a thrilling 2-1 victory over Bangladesh in the recently concluded T20I series, the Indian Cricket Team's focus will now shift to the longest format of the game as Virat Kohli returns to lead the side in a two-match Test series with the same two teams squaring off, beginning with the first Test match on November 14th at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.

India began their ICC World Test Championship quest with a clinical 2-0 away series win over West Indies and then returned home to whitewash South Africa 3-0 in a lopsided three-match series.

For Bangladesh, this series will be the first of many in their Test Championship quest and will be squaring off against India after a long gap of over two and a half years, having last visited India back in 2017 for a one-off test which ended in a comfortable 208-run win for the hosts on the back of a fine 204-run knock from Virat Kohli.

India's squad for the two Test matches has just one change from the team that played South Africa as left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem has been omitted from the squad, while on the other hand, Bangladesh will be led by Mominul Haque in the absence of senior all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

With some familiar names such as Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mushfiqur Rahim among others set to feature in the opening Test match, this presents an opportunity for Dream11 fanatics to try their hand at forming the best XI from both teams combined and earn a good amount of points.

However, with most team owners certain to pick stars such as Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara among others in their sides, the presence of a few players who might not be picked by a large chunk of the team owners, but could make a massive difference might turn out to be a masterstroke.

In this article, we have a look at five such stars who could prove to be the 'differential' players from the first Test.

Also see - India vs Bangladesh schedule 2019

#5 Mehidy Hasan (Bangladesh)

Can Mehidy Hasan make up for the absence of Shakib Al Hasan?
Can Mehidy Hasan make up for the absence of Shakib Al Hasan?

Last 12 months -

Matches: 4, Wickets: 20, Runs: 92, 5-wicket hauls: 2

An off-spinner who can also churn out some quality knocks lower down the order, Mehidy Hasan could prove to provide the cushion of comfort for Bangladesh in the absence of star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

Given that the Indian squad boasts of two of Test cricket's best all-rounders in Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin apart from Bangladesh's Mahmudullah, it is quite easy to look past Mehidy Hasan's contributions and miss out from picking him in the fantasy side.

However, in the past 12 months, Mehidy has emerged as Bangladesh's best bowler with 20 wickets from just four matches, apart from contributing with 92 runs coming in lower down the order. While the batting numbers do not look too convincing, there's a lot more to what the numbers read.

If one was to turn the clock back to Bangladesh's first Test match in India back in 2017, Mehidy scored 51 and 23 from his two innings that added a sense of stability to his side's batting effort, but in the end, it did not suffice.

A capable all-rounder, Mehidy could be pipped to trouble the Indian batsmen a little by making the most of the turn on offer and also offer some resistance lower down the order.

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Published 13 Nov 2019, 09:00 IST
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