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Monday, May 14, 2007

Shastri's warning to Bangladesh

India have taken the Bangladesh series 2-0 and can afford to take the third match lightly. But we will just not do that says Ravi Shastri, the Indian team Manager and in strong terms too:
"We are aiming at a 3-0 result. So there will be no let up. Bangladesh should not expect any mercy from us"
Now thats a pretty agressive statement to make and the right one too. Bangladesh meanwhile, already hurt by the series loss at home, will, I am sure, be further buoyed to lift their performance levels by that statement and rightly so.

After their World Cup victory to India every Bangladeshi would have fancied his team’s chances to run away with the tournament against India. Some fans were even warning India for having to face the consequences of leaving out Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly:
“We would have thought India would field its best team against us. India need to be reminded that we won the World Cup match, not them.”
Now that comment alone captures the kind of emotions that were running throughout Bangladesh before the Indian tour began. And needless to say they would be hurting by this tame series loss to India further fuelled by Shastri’s "no-mercy" call. These happenings might as well have an influence  on the Bangladeshi team and I definitely expect them to come into the third match with a lot more vigour in a quest to conquer some lost pride.

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