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We will go all guns blazing: Karthik

Update : 25 Feb 2014, 05:36 PM

India will not be taking hosts Bangladesh lightly when the sides meet for their Asia Cup match at the Fatullah today, informed their wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik yesterday. Karthik also rated Bangladesh as a fantastic ODI side and thought despite missing key players Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, the home side will be tough to beat. 

“Bangladesh is a fantastic one-day team. They had a couple of close games against Sri Lanka. Everybody knows that they are a very good one-day unit. We will try our best and come out on top and win the tournament,” said Karthik.

“Tamim and Shakib are major players for Bangladesh. They are going to be replaced by two peoples who we may not know much. Definitely we all know they are a good one-day side and we will give them a lot of respect. Having said that, we will go all guns blazing and do our best,” he added.

India will be playing for the first time at the ground and Karthik said, “Except Bangladesh I don't think many teams would have played there. That's part of international cricket that you don't get to play in all the venues. It's one of those occasions for us it's going into a new venue and starting fresh.” 

It has been a roller coaster ride for Karthik in the Indian team. The presence of MS Dhoni made it difficult for him to get in the side and as a result, despite making his ODI debut in 2004, the right-hander has played only 67 matches till date. His doors for the Asia Cup opened once Dhoni was ruled out of the tournament with a fractured thumb.

“I guess I'm used to it now, being called so many times. It doesn't play on my mind too much. I got to know three four days before this. For me it's about coming out here and as I said, it's important to get into the zone just before the game. Obviously as a player I'm very excited to be part of this Indian cricket team. It's one of the best teams available. For me, it's an honour to represent India and do the best that I can,” he said.

India will be getting on the field with a record of losing six out of their last eight matches and when asked about it, Karthik was clever to answer, “Actually, you should have asked this question to somebody who's part of this eight ODIs.

“From an outsider point of view, I'm coming into this team fresh. As an individual I can talk of my perspective and say that for me it's going to be exciting. I'm sure it's the same for all the players. But somebody who has played the eight games will answer this question much better,” said the 28-year-old.

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