Mental strength will be key against India: Ex-Bangladesh skipper

Posted June 15, 2017

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India are to play Bangladesh in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final but that does not mean Indian players will stop themselves from having fun. It's not a very big game; it's a very big opportunity. Hopefully if we can take the pressure out, hopefully we'll play good cricket. "This is what we have been dreaming for".

Bangladesh played four fast bowlers against New Zealand. Although the Tigers, as Bangladesh are fondly referred to, were lucky against Australia to nick a point staring in the face of defeat, their brilliant performance against New Zealand was surely no feat of luck. One of the Bangladesh fans shows disregard to our Indian flag on social media by draping our national flag on the dog and theirs on the tiger ahead of ICC Champions Trophy. So I don't have to think that it's India. "Each and everyone will see this game".

On paper, India is very strong team compared to the Tigers but we can not underestimate them especially after their unbelievable victory against New Zealand that confirmed their semi-final berth in the Champions Trophy 2017. West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee has also supported Arvind Kejriwal and said "I wish my favorite team wins".

If the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal in Melbourne was a lopsided affair as India won by a whopping 109 runs, it was the 2016 T20 World Cup loss by just one run which still hurts.

Bangladesh beat New Zealand in Cardiff from being 33 for 4 in a sensational run chase before their progress was confirmed when fancied Australia, plagued by two rain-hit games, lost to England the next day June 10. "Game has evolved big time".

Bangladesh defeated New Zealand in a league match by three wickets from a hard situation, boasting on the knocks of Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah. But nobody was truly astonished that Shakib and Mahmudullah could bat.

While coach Chandika Hathurusingha tries to instill some sense of calmness playing the "underdog card", there are people in Bangladesh camp, who already, in their dreams, have set their foot in the final.

"I feel mentally they need to be ready". And coming all the way to play the semifinal is a big step for us.

"We are better than anybody else (when he was asked to compare his bowling attack with India)".

"It's no surprise any more to anyone that they are really playing well".

According to the Hindustan Times, Poonam Gupta said: "What I like about this young generation of Indian cricketers is that they are responsible and want to make difference on and off the field". Once England's victory ensured Bangladesh's qualification, their strike bowler Taskin Ahmed started singing a popular song with others joining in chorus.