It has been a magnificent journey for Bangladesh in the 2017 Champions Trophy. And the moment of truth has finally arrived as they face India in the second semi-final on Thursday at Edgbaston in what is expected to be the biggest match yet in their career.
spoke to all members of the Bangladesh team, including the coaching staff, and penned down their thoughts ahead of the big game. Here are the excerpts:
Mashrafe bin Mortaza:
We want to play without any pressure and enjoy the game out at the middle. The rest is up to Allah.
Shakib al Hasan:
Just another day but obviously a big opportunity. We are looking forward to a good game. Hopefully we can play as a unit.
If we play this game as a semi-final then it's going to be difficult. But if we play it like just another game, we have a very good chance.
Another opportunity to beat India in the big stage. Every game is big for us and it's just another game. Hopefully we can do our basics right.
This game means a lot to me, this is all I can say at the moment.
Obviously, always waited to play such big games. And the game against India in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy, you can understand how big it is for me.
As usual, I will go there, bowl and try to pick up wickets. I'll try to bowl according to the situation. I am not thinking anything beyond this.
As a young player, we always dreamed of playing such big tournaments and [today's] game is undoubtedly one of the most important in my life.
We are confident, eager and waiting to give our best. And the rest will depend on our luck. That's it.
As a player, you can't ask for any bigger game than this. It motivates you to give the best when you see the expectation from fans back home.
The only thing I know is that I will have the ball in my hand. I have to do whatever I can in the middle to win the game for my team. And I will try to do it accordingly.
Mehedi Hasan Miraz:
I can’t explain how I am feeling at the moment. I just want to say if I get the opportunity to play, I will give my 110%.
It is really a proud moment for us to reach the semi-finals but still, we have a job in our hands and have to finish it and move forward.
Although I haven’t played a game yet, honestly, being a player, I haven’t been a part of such big game before in my life. And I hope we can give our best.
I am lucky to be a part of this wonderful team. And hopefully, we can continue our brand of cricket as we are not thinking about our opponent.
Head coach Chandika Hathurusingha:
I think it’s not a big game. It's just a big opportunity for us.
Assistant and fielding coach Richard Halsall:
Feels good to be a part of such a good bunch of boys and I feel happy to see the success of this team. I think hard work was always there. It's the result that complements the hard work. That's what we are looking to achieve.
Batting consultant Thilan Samaraweera:
If Sri Lanka can beat India, why can’t Bangladesh, as we are playing some brilliant cricket and have the ability.
Manager Akram Khan:
This is the result of hard work. I want the boys to go out and enjoy this game to their fullest.