Basics key to successful tournament says Shakib

first_imgBangladesh will take one game at a time, but it is important to win each one, captain Shakib Al Hasan said in Dhaka on Friday – a day ahead of their opening game against India.”We have six league games, that’s the important thing. We are taking it gameby-game,” Shakib told reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. “We are not thinking about India. We want to improve ourselves. We want to go there and do the basics right. If we do that we will have a very good game.”Shakib Al HasanBangladeshi players may not be as experienced as their Indian counterparts, but Shakib was confident that whatever they have gained so far would be put to good use in the daynight encounter on Saturday.”The guys have played enough cricket to cope with the pressure. I don’t think it can get better than this. Playing a strong side like India has its advantages. We want to prove ourselves against the best,” he said.Shakib said that his team cannot fully depend on any one factor, be it the likely evening dew or the spinners, who are Bangladesh’s strength. “If there is no dew, conditions will be good for batting till the end. We can’t rely only on spin, because teams from the sub-continent usually play spin quite well,” he pointed out.His Indian counterpart, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, underlined the significance of getting off to a winning start in the World Cup. “I think the tournament has already started for us with a couple of warm-up matches. We started relaxed and then we have picked up the intensity. It’s important for us to start on a winning note. Bangladesh is a good side. It will be a good contest,” Dhoni said.advertisementThe skipper added that India’s overall performance in the last few years gives him confidence.”I think last two years’ performance contributes a lot. We have missed key players in ODIs and still done well. Maybe that is the reason why we are said to be favourites. The home conditions just add on to it,” he said.The India captain is not averse to contemplating playing two spinners in the XI. “Well, that definitely is a big option. I have not seen wicket, so I don’t know how it will behave. It will depend on how the wicket will behave,” he said. Soon after the press conference he went to have a close look at the pitch.last_img read more

Continue Reading