Mahmudullah, Bangladesh’s stand-in skipper admitted of not taking a depleted Indian side lightly ahead of the clash against the Men in Blue.
Meanwhile, India suffered a humiliating loss against host Sri Lanka in the tournament opener.
Further, Mahudullah also stressed the importance of Indian Premier League (IPL) on the Indian squad. He mentioned IPL’s experience makes them a stronger side.
Most of the Indian players have the experience of playing ten or more matches in IPL barring Vijay Shankar and Mohammad Siraj.
“India is still a strong side, even though some their experienced players aren’t around on this tour. Their current squad has a lot of players who have the experience of playing in the IPL. If we can play good cricket, we will do well,” Mahmudullah said at the press conference.
Meanwhile, the Men in Blue lost to Sri Lanka by five wickets with Kusal Perera hammering 66 off 37 balls.
Bangladesh Under Pressure:
Meanwhile, Bangladesh had lost three back-to-back series going into the Nidahas Trophy. They have won only one out of their last ten games since 2017.
Further, they have a poor track record against India losing all the games.
Talking about Bangladesh’s heart-breaking loss in 2016 World T20 in Bangalore, Mahmudullah stated they have come out of that match.
“What happened in Bangalore ended in Bangalore. We can’t step onto the field with an inch of doubt. Especially, when the team is not going through a good spell, such doubts creep in, but I have urged my teammates to keep those doubts away and step out,” Mahmudullah said.
Figuring out the best XI:
Mahmudullah stressed on the one drop batting position adding they are still in the process of finding their best XI.
“The No.3 batting position has been playing on our minds for some time. Sabbir Rahman had been doing well, but the runs haven’t really come for some time. Liton (Das) batted well in the practice game. We are still in the process of figuring out the best XI,” Mahmudullah concluded.
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