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India vs Bangladesh, 1st ODI: 5 Things To Watch Out For

In the build-up to the World Cup 2023, India will be playing over a dozen ODIs, including the Asia Cup in a 50-over format. The ODI series against New Zealand was played by a second-string side, but big names return for the Bangladesh series. We look at five major talking points.

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The Future Of Shikhar DhawanThe board is not willing to give up on the veteran Shikhar Dhawan, who has been going through a rough patch. However, this might end up becoming a litmus test for the player. In case he fails to perform, India might turn towards Shubman Gill.

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Will Virat Kohli Replicate His T20 Form?Virat Kohli will look to ride on the momentum he gained in the T20 World Cup, and notch up his first ODI century in over two years. There's no better man than Kohli to anchor the innings, and he will face a stern test from Bangladeshi spinners.

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Tamim Iqbal's AbsenceTamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the series owing to a groin injury. Litton Das will step in as a captain, but Tamim's absence will be felt by the Bangladeshi top-order. The onus will be on Litton and Shakib-Al-Hasan to construct the innings.

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A Real Test For Umran Malik!Umran Malik has been called up as a replacement for the veteran pacer Mohammed Shami. Malik will be leading the pace attack with Mohammed Siraj, and his performance here will determine his place in the team going ahead.

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Will Rahul Tripathi Get His ODI Debut?Although Rahul Tripathi is known for his exploits in T20I, his ODI record in the domestic circuit is also decent. He might get his ODI debut in Bangladesh at some point, in case there's an injury issue in the squad.

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