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Bangladesh's first Test centurion Aminul Islam would rather face the current Indian bowling attack than the one from 2000 that had the likes of Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath.

“Back in 2000, India had Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath. Only Anil Kumble was missing. They were a very strong and tough team. Now with the addition of Twenty20, India have become very attacking. They have a host of attacking players in the set up. At home, they can beat anyone. If you ask me, since I am a batsman, I would rather face this team than the one from 2000 because except for Ashwin, the bowling attack in 2000 was more mature and better.” Aminul explained when he spoke to

About the current Indian team, Aminul said:

They are a very strong side. Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul are all great batsmen too. It is because India’s background when it comes to batting is strong. The base is set at the age-group level. Umesh Yadav is a fantastic pacer, while Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are the two main bowlers. Ashwin can bowl off-spin, leg-spin and the doosra.

The difference between Ashwin and Muttiah Muralitharan is that Ashwin spins it to about only two and a half inches. And because the bat’s width is around four and a half inches, it can catch either of the edges. Also, Jadeja’s revolutions are faster than any bat speed, which make him very dangerous.

According to the former captain, Bangladesh bat deep, which will be an added advantage.

“But if you conduct a SWOT analysis of India and Bangaldesh, you will see that Bangladesh’s strong area is their spin bowling and India’s is the way they tackle spin. So, that will make for an interesting battle.” Aminul added.

source: Daily star