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Dravid: We certainly don't take Bangladesh lightly

Clash between sub-continent neighbors is a virtual quarter-final

Update : 01 Nov 2022, 05:44 PM

India head coach Rahul Dravid said they are not taking Bangladesh lightly, particularly in the T20 format where any team can beat any side on a given day, despite Tigers captain Shakib al Hasan earlier admitting that beating the Indians will be considered an upset.

“We certainly don't take Bangladesh lightly. Our preparation, our planning will be as meticulous as it was against South Africa in Perth. No different,” said Dravid during their pre-match press conference in Adelaide Tuesday.

“I think we respect them (Bangladesh) a lot. I think they're a very good team. I think this format and this T20 World Cup has really shown us that honestly you can't take any team lightly. Ireland showed that against England. We've seen enough games in this competition.


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“I think 20 overs is such a short format of the game. The margins of victory and defeat sometimes even if they're 12 runs, 15 runs, it's actually just two hits. It's two hits one way or the other, and actually that's the game.”

He added, “So it is already a shortened sort of rushed, noisy format, but it's very difficult to sometimes say who's a clear favorite in some of these games.

“On top of that, I think these conditions have actually leveled the playing field to a large extent because the boundaries are certainly bigger, and some of those big hits which you sometimes expect in the sub-continent to just go for six, and you just know that I'll be able to make up those runs later on, it's not happening that easily. People are getting out.

“I think it's really been a fantastic tournament from that perspective. Apart from the weather, I think it's been a terrific tournament in terms of just the nature of the games.”


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