Fatullah, Bangladesh. Ahead of their opening encounter against India in Asia Cup, Bangladesh team management has clarified that they will not make the mistake of treating India as minnows at any cost.
Bangladesh’s captain Mushfiqur Rahim downplayed rumors that his team was taking Indian cricket team lightly at the mandatory pre match press conference.
“We are preparing as hard as we prepare against South Africa or Australia and are not underestimating India at all. They have some very good players capable of causing huge upset early on in the tournament,” Rahim told the media gathered at the conference.
He even acknowledged the past performance of India against them where in they played well and managed to win few games.
“We are fully aware of their recent overseas tours against strong teams like South Africa and New Zealand where they stunned one and all with their performance. The fact that they managed to draw 2 test matches against them speaks volumes of the progress they have made,” Rahim said while rubbishing suggestions that ICC should snatch away India’s test playing status.
He further refused to read too much into the estimates of bookies who have termed Bangladesh as firm favorites in this encounter.
“All I can say is India or Afghanistan both teams can prove to be extremely dangerous in shorter formats of the game,” Rahim said warning his players against complacency.
Meanwhile Indian team management feels that this series is a good opportunity for the young and ‘talented’ players to gain experience by rubbing shoulders against some of the top players and teams in the business.
“We are not just looking at causing upsets and spoiling someone’s party. We are actually eying semi final spots and will turn up on the field with same belief,” Virat Kohli, India’s captain for the series revealed.