It’s very unlikely that Bangladesh would be backing themselves to win when the two teams meet at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore for the first of the two Tests tomorrow. Such has been India’s domination at home that most touring teams now are just happy to compete.
The biggest sign of India’s relaxed attitude ahead of the Test was that the skipper, vice-captain and some of the other players were seen sweating it out in the nets with the pink ball in the twilight hours, two days prior to a red-ball Test. Such has been the focus on the day-night Test in Kolkata (the second of the series) that India does not want to be undercooked for the occasion. With the pink ball being an unknown, Team India was content to warm-up to this Indore Test by practicing with it.
Will that leave them circumspect against the red ball at Indore? Unlikely, given how bullish India is in this format. India sits atop the World Test Championship table and Bangladesh, without the talismanic Shakib Al Hasan, should ideally be a pushover for the hosts—but the last thing this Indian team has advocated is complacency. They will, however, want to wrap things up quickly and not give the tourists any opening.