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Mashrafe: We won't be on back foot against India

  • Published at 11:05 am September 21st, 2018
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There is speculation as to whether the side would be able to recover the loss of momentum in the much-important Super Four stage at the Asia Cup

Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza does not see a reason for his side to be on the back foot against India in their first Super Four phase match at Dubai International Cricket Stadium Friday.

The Tigers are going into the game having conceded a 136-run defeat against Afghanistan in the final Group B match in Abu Dhabi Thursday.

Bangladesh were on the casual side against the Afghans in order to keep themselves fresh for the India game, but the manner in which the Tigers succumbed to defeat has raised concerns.

There is speculation as to whether the side would be able to recover the loss of momentum in the much-important Super Four stage at the Asia Cup.

“I don’t see a reason to be on the back foot (against India). The matches starting (Friday) are all important to stay in the tournament. And if, Allah forbid, something bad happens [Friday], there will still be the next two matches to try and remain alive in the tournament. So we have to be positive. They [India] have won two matches, are the No 1 team, and they have always been above us, but if we can play our best then it will hopefully be a competitive match,” Mashrafe explained following the Afghanistan game.

Against the Afghans, the Tigers rested Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman, and missed the services of the injured Tamim Iqbal.

It is expected that Mushfiq and Mustafizur will come back for the much-awaited India clash and improve the depth of the team, but Mashrafe has his reasons not to agree to this notion.

For the veteran right-arm pacer, the players who came in as replacements are also good cricketers and have the ability to contribute to the team’s cause.

“I don’t think there is any use giving excuses even (in the Afghanistan game), because those who played, people know them, they are players of the squad. So there is no excuse saying that. It was a very disappointing performance. And (against India), we have to play against an even more professional team. Even small mistakes will prove costly. So we have to concentrate on correcting the mistakes and continue doing what we did right,” said Mashrafe.