A flat and hard track with no bounce to offer, the sun beating down and quality Indian batsmen at the crease looking as comfortable as sunbathers on a beach. The signs are ominous for Bangladesh. No wonder the Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar himself was so sceptical about Bangladesh's chances. And further lowering their chances was the toss that he lost giving India a chance to bat first and pile up a huge total.
And we are doing a good job piling up a huge total too: 295/3 on a shortened first day. Every batsman is helping himself to a half-century and Sachin and Ganguly are looking like they are not going to get out for ages. Wasim Jaffer, our only specialist opener, did miss out though failing to the first delivery. VVS Laxman is missing out too, having been dropped from the playing eleven to accomodate a fifth bowler. The decision was a tough one to make, I am sure but then I will also say it was a positive one to allow Kaarthick, who has done so well ever since he got into international cricket, to have a look in.
But the sad part is that a good performance by Kaarthick here will result in him being always looked ahead of Laxman irrespective of the fact the innings has come in extremely favourable conditions where any batsmen worth his salt will not have a problem scoring freely. But what can you do about it. Cricket is a competitive game and there should be no room for emotions in selecting a team representing the nation. I have a suggestion for Laxman though: he needs to start learning wicketkeeping!
Another news is that Ishant Sharma the 18 year old lanky Delhi pacer will be filling in for the injured Munaf Patel. Should be exciting to see how he fares if he does feature in the second test.