Indian skipper Rohit Sharma missed the opening Test match of the two-game series against Bangladesh in Chattogram owing to a thumb injury he had incurred during the ODI series. Stand-in captain KL Rahul led the Indian side to an emphatic 188-run win on Sunday against Bangladesh in the opening Test at Chattogram.
Recent reports suggest that Rohit Sharma is likely to return to Bangladesh for the second Test, to be played in Mirpur starting December 22. Meanwhile, Former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja has made a bold remark on Rohit Sharma, saying that he better not return for the second Test match against the Bangla Tigers if not fully fit.
“Tabhi toh bol raha hu Rohit ko bolo ghar me baithne keliye (That is why I suggest Rohit should stay at home). When a player suffers a hand fracture and you cannot hold the bat for about 10 days, even if you recover, you cannot really join the team the very next day. It takes another 1- to 15 days. And we don’t even know the extent of the injury yet. That is why I suggest this. We are looking for a temporary solution and this is the best solution for it,” Jadeja was quoted as saying.
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Talking about the first Test match, India set a target of 513 runs for the home team. Bangladesh, on the other hand, fought valiantly. Team India easily won the match, bowling them out for 324 runs in 113.2 overs. The batters showed great grit to start with. Najmul Hossain Shanto (67 runs) and Zakir Hasan put on a great partnership of 124 runs, with the latter completing his century.
Shakib Al Hasan (84) also played a good knock, but day five saw early wickets to restrict Bangladesh to a score of 324 runs. The Men in Blue won the series opener by 188 runs and led the series 1-0 with one match remaining. For his overall performance, Kuldeep Yadav was named player of the match.