3 Things to Look Out for as India Take on Bangladesh in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier

The Indian national football team will play host to Bangladesh in their third Group E fixture of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Asian Cup qualifiers at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday. 

The Star Sports Network will be broadcasting the match in India on TV as well as their digital platform on Hotstar at 7:30pm on October 15.

Here are three things to look out for from this clash.....

3. Sandesh Jhingan a big miss for India

After their incredible performance against FIFA World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar in their last match, Igor Stimac's Indian team will be filled with confidence ahead of facing Bangladesh.

However, the Blue Tigers will be severely depleted at the back with their talisman defender Sandesh Jhingan ruled out of the clash.

Jhingan is reported to be out for India's next four FIFA World Cup qualifiers after the defender suffered a tear in his ACL. The Kerala Blasters defender suffered the injury while playing in a friendly against NorthEast United and MRI tests revealed he would need surgery, thus ruling him out for as many as six months.

2. Sunil Chhetri returns

Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri missed the Blue Tigers' successful draw against Qatar due to injury and is now in contention to face Bangladesh.

Rahul Bheke recovered from his injury, but the Blue Tigers will be without their talisman defender Sandesh Jhingan who is injured. Moreover, central midfielder Rowllin Borges is suspended for the tie after having picked up two yellow cards in earlier rounds.

In terms of attack, Sahal Abdul Samad is expected to be the supply chain to the forward trio of Udanta Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan and Chhetri against Bangladesh.

1. Incredible head-to-head record in India's favour

The Blue Tigers have an incredible performance record against Bangladesh. 

The two countries have faced each other on the football field 28 times in the past with the Blue Tigers claiming wins on as many as 15 instances.

A total of 11 matches have ended in a draw whereas Bangladesh have managed to win just two games against their neighbours.

Another interesting stat here is that India have scored at least three or more goals against Bangladesh on as many as four occasions. 

Nothing less than a win is expected on Tuesday as it will be definitely boost India's confidence ahead of the bigger challenges on their road to promised land.


Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh

Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Adil Khan, Narender Gahlot, Sarthak Golui, Anas Edathodika, Mandar Rao Dessai, Subhasish Bose

Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Vinit Rai, Anirudh Thapa, Sahal Abdul Sahal, Raynier Fernandes, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Ashique Kuruniyan

Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Balwant Singh, Manvir Singh.