Ravichandran Ashwin Ashwin gets India over the line against Bangladesh
India's veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin came up with the goods with the ball and bat as the Blues held off Bangladesh in a close-fought second test.
India's Player Ravichandran Ashwin scores 29 wickets in Test Match
India's Points in Test Match is 3,690
Chasing 145 in the fourth innings, the Blues were struggling at 74/7 before a match-winning partnership between R Ashwin and Shreyas Iyer got them over the line.
The off-spinner was judged Player of the match, whereas Cheteshwar Pujara was named Player of the series.
India VS Bangladesh TEST Highlight 1: Yadav - India’s Man In Sub-Continent
Asian conditions seem to suit Yadav a lot, and he has come up with the goods again on the first day of the second Test against Bangladesh. The right-arm fast bowler picked up 87 wickets across 28 tests in Asia since 2016.
Since 2016, Yadav has been the third-highest wicket-taker in Asia. Ever since his debut in international colours back in 2010, the 35-year-old has always been known for his exceptional use of reverse swing. This art is pivotal for his success in the sub-continent.
In 53 tests for India so far, Yadav has picked up 160 wickets with three five-wicket hauls to his name. He has also played 75 ODis so far in his career, picking up 106 wickets.
Considering the record of Yadav in Asia, it remains to be seen whether the BCCI will integrate him into white ball cricket in 2023. Although there are doubts over India's participation in the Asia Cup, they will be the hosts of the 2023 World Cup.
If the Knight Riders' fast bowler continues to deliver the goods, we could see him leading the Indian attack in front of his home supporters alongside Arshdeep Singh at the World Cup.
India VS Bangladesh TEST Highlight 2: Big Calls From India
As Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the second Test due to the thumb injury he sustained in the ODI series, Rahul led the blues in the second Test as well.
The big call was bringing Unadkat in place of Kuldeep. The reason why this call was massive was that the left-arm spinner was judged "Player of the Match" in the previous Test.
Kuldeep took eight wickets across two innings, including a five-wicket haul in the first innings. Moreover, he scored a handy 40 in the first innings. Unadkat was playing his first Test in 12 years.
"Unfortunate decision for us to leave him [Kuldeep] out but it's an opportunity for Unadkat," Rahul said.
"Sometimes you perform; sometimes you are sitting out of the team because of a management call. But, it was good for him [Kuldeep] that he came back and performed well." Umesh said.
India VS Bangladesh TEST Highlight 3: A Match To Forget For Virat Kohli
Although the match was memorable for some Indian players, Virat Kohli continues to disappoint his fans.
After having a fantastic World T20, which was highlighted by his match-winning knock against Pakistan, many expected him to carry the momentum in red ball cricket. However, Virat Kohli hasn't helped himself in this series. The right-handed batsman scored 24 and 1 in both innings of the second Test. He has scored a ton in the Asia Cup and the 3rd ODI against the Tigers, but his wait for a first test century in three years continues.
If things couldn't get any worse for the former Indian skipper with the bat, he dropped four regulation catches in the slips on Day 3, which helped Bangladesh get to a meaningful target in the end.
With Sharma set to return after recovering from his injury and so much batting potential waiting in the wings, we wonder whether this is the final phase of one of the all-time great careers.
India VS Bangladesh TEST Highlight 4: Summary Of The 2nd Test Between India And Bangladesh
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hassan won the toss and chose to bat first. Despite a steady start, the greens lost both their openers, Zakir Hassan and Najmul Hossain Shanto, in quick succession.
The two-time Asia Cup runner-ups lost wickets at regular intervals as no significant partnerships were made. The two experienced batsmen, Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim, both disappointed the fans as they got out cheaply despite being settled at the crease.
Mominul Haque was the most reliable batsman for the hosts as he scored 84 runs off 157 balls, with 12 fours and a six. Eventually, the Tigers finished their innings at 227.
Just like Bangladesh in their first innings, India's top order also wasn't able to build on promising starts and were struggling at 94/4. However, a 157-run partnership between Rishabh Pant and Iyer eliminated the host's lead and put Rahul's men in the ascendency.
Pant scored 93 off just 104 balls before falling to Mehidy Hassan. Iyer scored a quick-fire 87 before being trapped on the pads by Bangladesh skipper Shakib. No one carried the batting momentum set by this duo, as India were all out for 314.
Bangladesh had to score big to make the match interesting. However, no one in the top order responded to the challenge except Zakir Hassan, who scored 51 off 135 balls.
The Tigers were struggling at 113/6 with a lead of just 26. From there, Litton Das took over as he scored 73 off 98 balls, with seven boundaries to his name.
The right-handed batsman had shown his batting skills against the former world champions in the World T20 last month, and he was in the act now again.
Das was supported heavily by Nurul Hasan and Taskin Ahmed, who added 31 runs each to stretch the lead beyond three figures for Shakib's men. The Bangladeshi tail was also supported by some sloppy fielding by Virat Kohli, who dropped multiple catches to add to the frustration.
Eventually, Bangladesh were bowled out for 231 runs as India required 145 to win. The hosts looked to be in control of the 4th innings as wickets constantly tumbled for the visitors.
However, R Ashwin and Iyer managed to stabilize things and took the momentum away from Shakib's men. Eventually, India got over the line with three wickets to spare.