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Mahsrafe urges fight back

Update : 27 Mar 2014, 06:06 PM

Former Bangladesh captain and fast bowler Mashrafe bin Mortaza looks to bounce back from the terrible past and put up a fight against India in their second World Twenty20 second round today. The hosts so far have been disappointing and haven’t showed any sign of resistance in their slumping defeats against Hong Kong and West Indies. 

Mashrafe echoed that they have always fared better when they got off to a good start and said, “We will play to win for sure, but above everything else, we have to start well. We have to agree that we lost the last two games badly. First of all, we have to fight hard. Once we do that, we can play better. We have always won when we have given a good fight. We didn’t do that in the last two matches.”

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan just a day ago slammed the cricketers for their approach and informed that he had no idea why the cricketers are not able to play to their potential. Mashrafe accepted the fact as the performance of the side was not up to the mark and said, “I find it hard to comment on it, as it is only natural for everyone to talk after these two losses.

“As players, we have to accept it. We have to try and turnaround from the next game. We had a long discussion with him, and he wants to help everyone,” he said.

The 30-year-old added they need a combined effort for the unit especially form the spinners as they have always proved to be game changers for the Tigers.

“Our spinners have always been a factor, though the pacers have to provide a good start. But when the spinners do well, we win games. We will still need a combined performance, as that often brings us wins. All the bowlers have to do well against India.

“At the moment, everything seems to be difficult. I feel that if we can start well tomorrow, it will be easier for us. We lost wickets early against West Indies and Hong Kong. I still believe that our batsmen can dominate top-class attacks,” said Mashrafe.

Meanwhile, despite sitting comfortably in the table with two wins out of two, Rohit Sharma informed they will take the game today very seriously as a slip up might cost them a semi-final spot.

“We will be going with the same approach as before and we want to keep it simple, we know what we need to do to win this game. All three departments would be crucial and I am sure individuals are working on whatever areas they need to.

“The approach definitely won’t change but of course it is an important game playing Bangladesh. Obviously they will be getting a lot of support at their home ground and get behind them and we have to be at our best to win the match,” said Rohit.

Rohit also informed they are not at all worried about the IPL controversies back home and they are fully focused on the tournament and nothing else.

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