Hyderabad, Feb 7: History, current form and rankings point towards an Indian domination of Bangladesh in the one-off Test starting Thursday (February 9), but head coach Anil Kumble has predicted a "very interesting contest".
Since their entry into the Test arena, Bangladesh have never beaten India. That record is likely to remain intact as the Tigers gear up to face the Virat Kohli-led side for the first time on Indian soil. (Can't take Bangladesh lightly: Pujara)
The previous 5 Test rubbers between the sides, all in Bangladesh, have seen India, the current number 1 in ICC Rankings, win 4 and the other one ending in a draw (one-off Test in 2015) due to inclement weather.
So far India have won 6 of the 8 Tests (2 draws) against Bangladesh, ranked 9th at the moment in ICC Test Table.
Despite a very poor record in the five-day format, Bangladesh have, in recent times, shown improvement, which was acknowledged by Kumble.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday (February 7), the former Indian captain said, "We would like to take (treat) every team the same way in terms of what they bring to the table. It (Bangladesh) is a very improved side."
He continued, "They have had a very good outing in New Zealand (last month), although the results (0-2) are different, but Bangladesh going to New Zealand and doing what they did... we certainly respect the opposition.
"No matter who the opposition is we would like to measure our own performances and treat every game in that fashion rather than look at the opposition. If we can continue to do that then the results will come our way. Bangladesh has some quality players, good all-rounders. So it is going to be a very interesting contest."
Last month, Bangladesh scored 595/8 declared against New Zealand in the 1st Test in Wellington after a double century (217) by Shakib Al Hasan and a hundred (159) by captain Mushfiqur Rahim. However, a poor second innings batting effort (160 all out) resulted in a 7-wicket defeat to the hosts.
New Zealand won the 2nd Test too, by 9 wickets, in Christchurch to clinch the 2-match series.
Incidently, today (February 7) was the day, in 1999, when Kumble took all 10 wickets in a Test innings, against Pakistan, at New Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla.
India are unbeaten at home in 19 Tests since 2012. Their last loss was against England at Kolkata's Eden Gardens in December 2012. Recently, India thrashed England 4-0 in a 5-Test rubber.