Bengaluru, June 8: Exactly 5 months after their last five-day match, Team India will be back to play Test cricket this Wednesday (June 10) when they face Bangladesh in Fatullah.
India's last Test was from January 6 to 10 in Sydney against Australia. Since then, they had been involved in limited overs format - reaching the ICC World Cup 2015 semi-final and the Indian Premier League (IPL 8) that concluded on May 24.
Now, India's Test journey will restart with a new era unfolding in Bangladesh. This will be the full series, though only 1 game, with Virat Kohli as the captain and first overseas assignment after MS Dhoni's retirement.
Dhoni retired from Tests midway through Australia series last December. However, he will be in Bangladesh after the Test to lead the team in the 3-match ODI series.
Here are 10 facts about India-Bangladesh Test
1. India and Bangladesh have so far played 7 Tests since year 2000. From Wednesday (June 10) they will play in the lone Test of the series in Fatullah. Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah will host India-Bangladesh Test for the first time. The only Test to be played at this venue is Bangladesh versus Australia in 2006 which the visitors won by 3 wickets
2. India have never lost a Test to their neighbours. They won 6 Tests and the other was drawn. All 4 series were played in Bangladesh have been won by India. Bangladesh are yet to play a Test in India
3. Virat Kohli will be India's captain and playing against Bangladesh for the first time. So far he has played 33 Tests and none against Bangladesh
4. In the current squad, only Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma have previously played a Test against Bangladesh
5. Harbhajan is the most capped player among the sides with 101 Tests. He was recalled to the team after 2 years. He has not played a Test since March 2013
6. Former captain Ravi Shastri will be the team director and coach of the Indian team
7. After gaining Test status, Bangladesh played their first ever match against India in November 2000 at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. India won by 9 wickets
8. Sachin Tendulkar holds the record between the sides for most hundreds - 5 in 9 innings (Highest 248 not out). He is also the highest run getter with 820. The next best is Rahul Dravid with 560 runs (3 tons) in 10 innings
9. Zaheer Khan is the highest wicket-taker with 31 in 14 innings. Next best is Irfan Pathan with 18 victims in 4 innings
10. India are 3rd in ICC Test rankings and Bangladesh are at 9
Previous India-Bangladesh Test series results (all played in Bangladesh)
2000 - India won 1-0 (1-Test series)
2004 - India won 2-0 (2 Tests)
2007 - India won 1-0 (2 Tests)
2010 - India won 2-0 (2 Tests)