India skipper Virat Kohli said that handling Bangladesh’s ace left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman might get a bit tricky as India do not often play against left armers in the longest format of the game.
Bangladesh will be playing their first of the two Tests against India at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore tomorrow. Given the tinge of green on the pitch, the seamers might get something extra from the wicket. And Kohli, who informed India are likely to play three fast bowlers tomorrow, said that the Indian batsmen will need to keep their focus and concentration against Mustafizur.
“Yeah he [Mustafizur] is a very good bowler. We’ve played against him quite a bit. But red ball…I think any left-arm seamer is a very different kind of bowler that we’re used to playing a lot. So yeah, it just requires extra focus because you don’t play left-arm seamers that regularly when you don’t have them in your team. So it’s a challenge, but we must look forward to those challenges.” said Kohli today in Indore.
Kohli also mentioned that even though they do not play left-arm seamers often, but having played against the 24-year old in different tournaments and leagues will help the Indian batsmen negotiate him.
“Not that we get bundled out against left-arm seam, but we’ve found it more difficult purely because we don’t play them on a regular basis. So he is going to be a threat, he is a key player for Bangladesh. He’s an experienced bowler and he’s been around for a while, and he knows the Indian batsmen as well, having played the IPL and so on. But we’ve played against him a lot as well. So I think it will be about keeping focus and concentration against a good bowler and try to come out on top.” concluded Kohli.