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We can’t kidnap Mustafizur, says Ashwin

Update : 23 Jun 2015, 07:42 PM

A “Banglawash” looms over India as they take on hosts Bangladesh in the third and final one-day international at Mirpur today. 2-0 up, the Tigers have nothing to lose while they always had the license to go for the kill. India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin informed that his side is on the toes and to protect their reputation, which is at stake, they will put down the best possible eleven to avoid the humiliation.

“It is very important to put your best side on the field. Obviously the three changes is a matter of the fact that we looked to put the best eleven in the park in the previous game,” said Ashwin at the pre-match press conference at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

The 28-year old from Tamil Nadu admitted that they failed as a unit while Bangladesh made sure of outplaying them in all the three departments.

“We failed as a unit but have learnt our lessons. It’s a challenge for us to win the last ODI. Losing the series is not an insult for us. A good side has beaten us. Hopefully, we will try and avoid a Banglawash,” said Ashwin.

Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman has been the major reason behind India’s destruction as the left-arm pacer took 11 wickets in the two encounters. A journalist in the media session claimed India is not being able to find a counter to the Bangladesh pacer as Ashwin joked, “If there is no counter, then what can we do? Can we kidnap him? We have to come out there and play some good and solid cricket and try and make sure to nullify the fact. He does have a good cutter, we have to watch out for that. We have to give him the respect as well. Respect is what is important in international cricket.”

Bangladesh have been unbeaten in its last 10 ODIs played at home. The tally includes a 5-0 whitewash against Zimbabwe followed by the 3-0 win against Pakistan. A whitewash against India will mean a hat trick for the Tigers. A good portion in the cricketing arena believes Bangladesh’s clean sweep will mean a humiliation for world No 2 India which Ashwin, however, disagreed.

“I think it’s not a legacy that we are looking to wash away. From my side this is not the first team that Bangladesh will beat in the future. They are a good side. And they are on the way. I think they will beat more teams. They have beaten Pakistan. South Africa will come along. They will fancy their chances against them. So I don’t think it’s like regretting a particular thing. You don’t go into a game thinking, they beat me, now we are really angry we want to smash them, that’s not how it works. It’s international cricket, they have done their bit. They had their own biding time. So it’s very important to respect the opponents. You can’t go back and say that this is like an insult. It is not, a good side has beaten us,” said Ashwin.

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