The average age of the Indian squad is 26, while for Bangladesh it is 24
When India take on Bangladesh in their Saff Championship opener Monday, there is likely to be an abundance of youthful exuberance on the pitch, reports Goal.com.
If India have eight players who are 23 years or below, their opponents boast of having 12 in the 23-man squad.
Oscar Bruzon set his team up in a 4-4-2 formation against Sri Lanka and out of the 11, five of them were U-23.
The youngest of them was Yasin Arafat who is 18 and plies his trade at left-back for Saif Sporting Club in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Meanwhile, India's youngest are Lalengmawia and Jeakson Singh who are 20 years old.
Bangladesh have a young backline compared to India but against veteran campaigners like Sunil Chhetri, a bit more experience might have been more preferable.
However, in midfield, it is more of an even battle, as both teams have an even mix of youth and experience.
Jamal Bhuiyan might be given the responsibility to keep an eye on Brandon Fernandes whereas youngsters like Suresh Singh Wangjam and Rakib Hossain might square off against each other.
In the absence of Sandesh Jhingan, India have to remain on their toes to contain the likes of Biplo Ahmed and Suman Reza.
Sumon, who is 26, has scored 10 goals in 23 matches in BPL for Uttar Baridhara and will be a handful for the Indian defenders.
Goal.com takes a look at which team has a younger squad before they face off Monday, starting with the goalkeepers.
|Gurpreet Singh Sandhu||29||Anisur Rahman Zico||24|
|Vishal Kaith||25||Shahidul Alam Sohel||29|
|Dheeraj Singh||21||Ashraful Islam Rana||33|
|Average Age||25 years||Average Age||29 years|
|Pritam Kotal||28||Topu Barman||26|
|Rahul Bheke||30||Bishwanath Ghosh||22|
|Chinglensana Singh||24||Rahmat Miah||21|
|Mandar Rao Dessai||29||Tariq Raikhan Kazi||20|
|Subhasish Bose||26||Riyadul Hasan Rafi||21|
|Seriton Fernandes||28||Yasin Arafat||18|
|-------||---||Tutul Hossain Badshah||22|
|Average Age||28 years||Average Age||23 years|
|Udanta Singh||25||Sohel Rana||26|
|Brandon Fernandes||27||Jamal Bhuiyan||31|
|Anirudh Thapa||23||Saad Uddin||23|
|Sahal Abdul Samad||24||Rakib Hossain||22|
|Glan Martins||27||Atiqur Rahman Fahad||26|
|Average Age||23 years||Average Age||25 years|
|Manvir Singh||25||Biplo Ahmed||22|
|Rahim Ali||21||Mahbubur Rahman||22|
|Sunil Chhetri||37||Mohammad Ibrahim||24|
|Farukh Choudhary||24||Matin Miah||22|
|Average Age||27 years||Average Age||24 years|