India, the 107th ranked side in Fifa ranking, on paper may look clear favorites to beat the 189th ranked Bangladesh but in reality it may not be easy
The quality of football in South Asia may not be at the world class level but the animosity and tension among the neighbors reach an unbelievable height when they meet each other.
In recent history, India, the most populous country in the region, may have nudged their level a little upward but their neighbors Bangladesh always feel the heat and inspiration when they lock horns.
Millions of supporters across the countries are expecting another mouthwatering prospect as the sides are set for their Saff Championship group round clash Monday.
As far as statistics are concerned, India are clearly ahead as they have won seven out of 12 Saff editions so far, while the men in red and green have won just once.
The higher ranked Indian side have won five times in Saff, drew two while Bangladesh beat them 2-1 in the semi-finals of the 2003 edition when they went on to win the title.
In total, since their first meeting on December 14, 1978, India have won 16, Bangladesh two and 12 matches ended in draw till date.
However, India never got a cakewalk against their spirited neighbors.
During their World Cup qualifier clash in Kolkata, the away side led till 85 minutes before India found their equalizer that salvaged them a point.
In the return match however, Bangladesh lost by two late goals despite showing great resilience over long periods of the game.
During the last five games, India won three while the other two ended in draw.
On December 10, 2009, India won 1-0, on September 2, 2013, the match ended 1-1, on March 4, 2014 the result was 2-2, on October 14, 2019, the match ended 1-1 and India won 2-0 on June 6 this year.
India, the 107th ranked side in Fifa ranking, on paper may look clear favorites to beat the 189th ranked Bangladesh but in reality it may not be easy.