The pitch at the Holkar Stadium in Indore stayed under cover for most of the day. In the afternoon yesterday, Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque had a look at the surface, which is supposedly very hard. Quite a bit of grass was left on the surface, a serious facet for the fast men from both sides to consider. India are likely to play three seamers in Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma.
Bangladesh also have three pacers in the squad but it will all come down to assessing the wicket. India skipper Virat Kohli said after looking at the pitch that playing three seamers was the way to go.
Curator Samandar Singh Chauhan however informed that the pitch would be a ‘sporting wicket’. However, while most wickets deteriorate, this will likely become easier for batsmen. It would also mean that the initial period could be that much more difficult due to the bounce.
“It’s a good, sporting track. Initially it will have some help for the seamers but later on, it will be batting friendly,” Samandar said.
India spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are almost certain to feature. The decision for Bangladesh will likely surround whether to play three spinners and two pacers or vice versa. Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam, off-spinners Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Nayeem Hasan are the slow bowlers while Mustafizur Rahman, Ebadot Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain and Abu Jayed are the pacers in the Bangladesh squad.