The Indian football team will continue to strive for an elusive win in the ongoing joint 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers when they take on Bangladesh on Monday in Doha, Qatar.
In their first competitive fixture since the COVID-19 pandemic, captain Sunil Chhetri’s India lost to the Asian champions Qatar 1-0 on Thursday.
Reduced to 10 men in the opening 20 minutes against world No. 58 Qatar, India put on a commendable show, particularly by goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, in the game.
India, ranked 105 in the world, will now face a lower-ranked Bangladesh (rank 184) next but will be wary of the Jamal Buyan-led side.
The Indian football team will be on the backfoot since midfielders Anirudh Thapa (COVID-19) and Rowllin Borges (hamstring) and defender Rahul Bheke (suspended) will miss the match against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh have often punched above their weight and even came close to snatching an unlikely win when the two sides met earlier in the qualifiers.
“We are aware of the quality of the Bangladesh team,” India defender Subhashish Bose said. “They are a side that plays a lot of counter-attack football, and that is very dangerous. India versus Bangladesh have always been exciting and close matches. We have huge respect for Bangladesh.”
The Bangladesh football team comes into this match on the back of a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Afghanistan on Thursday.
Where to watch Bangladesh vs India FIFA World Cup Qualifiers live in India?
The Bangladesh vs India 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match will be telecast live on the Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD and Star Sports 3 TV channels in India. The match starts at 7:30 PM IST.
Live streaming of Bangladesh vs India will be available on Disney+ Hotstar and Jio TV.
Indian football squad for 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Dheeraj Singh.
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Narender Gehlot, Rahul Bheke, Chinglensana Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Akash Mishra, Subhashish Bose.
Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Liston Colaco, Anirudh Thapa, Rowllin Borges, Glan Martins, Pronoy Halder, Suresh Singh, Lalengmawia, Sahal Abdul Samad, Yasir Md, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Bipin Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan.
Forwards: Manvir Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Ishan Pandita.