Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Mirpur

Mushfiqur targets India's bowling

Siddarth Ravindran in Mirpur

March 15, 2012

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Mushfiqur Rahim lines up for a big hit, Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Mirpur, October 15, 2011
Mushfiqur Rahim: "Their bowling attack seems less stronger than Pakistan's or Sri Lanka's ... This is what is giving us confidence against India." © Associated Press
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India may have crossed their first hurdle towards reaching the final of the Asia Cup by beating one of their stronger opponents in their opening match, but concerns over their bowling, especially the fast bowing, remain.

In Vinay Kumar, Irfan Pathan and Praveen Kumar, they have three bowlers who bowl at a pretty similar, unthreatening pace. All of them prefer operating with the new ball, banking on any early movement on offer, and are far less comfortable bowling at the death. Praveen has not been at his best since his rib injury, Irfan isn't bowling those magic balls that earned him a die-hard legion of fans, while Vinay isn't the type of bowler who will give international teams sleepless nights.

Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh's captain, knows where India's weak link lies. "Their bowling attack seems less stronger than Pakistan's or Sri Lanka's, that's what I feel personally," he said. "This is what is giving us confidence against India."

The statement comes on the day that Joe Dawes, India's new bowling coach, got his first chance to get a close-up look at his charges. Linking up with the Indian squad for the first time since his appointment last month, he supervised a three-hour training session on Thursday morning.

While Dawes will ponder how to improve the Indian bowling, Mushfiqur and Bangladesh have to come up with a plan to contain the Indian batting, which showed against Sri Lanka just how good they can be in familiar conditions. "It is quite difficult to bowl against their batting line-up," Mushfiqur said. "But at the same time, a good ball is enough for a batsman if it's his bad day. If we can capitalise on it and make them commit mistakes by bowling to their weakness, it would work."

Mushfiqur said Bangladesh's first target was to consistently challenge the top teams. "More than just winning a game, it is important for us to play against big teams confidently, fight against them. This will help us grow and win. We lost the first game by going close, but we don't do this on a regular basis, so we tend to forget what to do in such situations when faced with it." This is their 10th Asia Cup campaign, a competition in which they are yet to post a victory against Test opposition. Unless Bangladesh capitalise on India's weakness and end that streak on Friday, they will be facing another early elimination.

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Posted by Shaikat007 on (March 18, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

Well I was reading the comments regarding Mushfiqur's speech. A lot of Indian Fans were criticizing his comment as well as made some unprofessional comment. I just wanna say that please don't take any team lightly even USA. Because you can't conclude till the last ball of the match. It happened that 6 required from the last ball and a SIX was hit. However, being the World Champ, team India is not as consistent as Australia. Lack of consistency and strategic game plan is the outcome of Bangladesh vs India match from India's point of view. On the other hand, now Bangladesh is undoubtedly a threat for any team. So never underestimate your opponent, otherwise it may cause severe backfire where greatest achievement may get ruined.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (March 17, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

@rahulcricket007: BUT WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN INDIA WILL POST 370 ON BOARD? " DON'T WORRY BANGLADESH WILL CHASE THAT SCORE......

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

If Mushfiq is a 'kid' then how about this?

1. A kid has spoiled the greatest celebration in the history of Indian cricket 2. A kid has defeated the most successful indian captain in every aspect of the game. 3. A kid was praised by the greatest indian legend in press conference on his day for which india has waited 22 years. 4. A kid wins the game against 12 indian chosen out from 100 million.

If a bangladeshi 'Kid' can do this to you...then imagine what will happen when thousand other mushfiq will grow next!

Posted by cric4zh on (March 17, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

indian bowling line up is pretty ordinary and B. Schweg is also prettty ordinary player that he is also afraid to play aganinst bd.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

looks like Mushfiqur's dream came true....... where are the Indian supporters now???

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha................i cant stop my laughing to read those INDIAN fan's comment

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

i wish this asia cup have previous tournaments fixtures.... with 6/8 teams and afganistan, nepal, hong kong would also be given chance... then afgans also had a chance of winning with the so called MIGHTY INDIANS(actually after 100yrs in cricket who is still weak in bouncy wicket but great in batting pitch now even they lose in batting pitches too who is always a tiger only in home but in abroad a cat).... with money and power in ICC... blessed with no DRS and Umpires sympathy one can go furthur but not too much...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

Indians...you guys live in a big country while having such a small heart that you don't want to give credit the bd boys who have played thousand times better than your team yesterday...you r thinking that your bowlers have bowled badly.....it's not the fact..... our batsman give your bowler the pressure which has made Indian bowlers bowled badly ....however, we live in a small country although we do not have mean heart...Congratulations to Sachin tendulkar for historic contribution in cricket....

Posted by Faizul.Hasan on (March 17, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

It was just fun watching those six's going all over in last overs.... A total team effort.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

Wheres the India Fans? Why they didn't Comments here?Are they Still now jealous?Shame on Indians

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

Where was Shakib when Sachin scored the century. He was just behind busy picking up the ball and getting ready to deliver the next one. Shakib didn't even bother to congratulate Sachin because he knows very well if he can stay in the game for 22 years, he can well score 200 centuries! That's the spirit!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

Mushfiq should be congratulated for making the words into action! We want all BD player will remain their action like this...shame on India...BD team thought you a gud lessons indeed! Rock BD team rocks!

Posted by BanglarBagh71 on (March 17, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

290 chase proved the weakness of india's bownling attack ...u r missing bhajji and zaheer the could help some...but have you seen the pocket dynamite! rahim! you were all laughing at him

Posted by firozsat on (March 17, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

The day had to be historic, and history was made not only by the Master but also by the hosts, Bangladesh..congratulation Bangladesh cricket team. waiting to see for joy next match .inshallah we will win.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

Haha where are the Indians?? who called it "wishful thinking" haha Well done Bangladesh.....Kind of reminded me of the 2007 World Cup but only better!

Posted by sami_bd on (March 17, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

Thanks sachin for your slowest century...

Posted by syedmkr on (March 17, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

Minimum 30 runs short for India because of Sachin who wasted min. 33 balls if he can score run-a-ball 100! moreover the death overs again a nightmare for the Indian team. Needs improvement against Pak.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

http://www.espncricinfo.com/asia-cup-2012/content/story/557559.html

Posted by drdre2727 on (March 17, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

greediness to achieve 100th 100 did cost india the game..it was too slow innings on a good batting pitch

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

Nothing like answering critics with a good solid performance. No doubt India boasts the best batting unit for almost any condition but at the same time they have perhaps the weakest bowling unit currently in world cricket. Mushfiq was right!!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

My sympathy to Indian fans. They can not celebrate even the great man's 100th 100 now.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

Well done Bangla Team. I am from Pakistan and always support your team. This time you didn't let your fans to disappoint. This victory proves that there is definitely a bright future ahead for the you. Good luck for the future and enjoy yourself.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

... at least we were gentlemen enough to present Sachin his milestone 100th century.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

where r the fans Of Indian team?????

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

As the elders day .... those who boast ... will always end up crying .... applicable for many who posted comment here ... eat your words ... mushfiq did prove his analysis right...accept it!

Posted by Buddhika86Liyanage on (March 16, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

hahahahahahahahaha, sorry I read comments after watching the match.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

If Pakistan should kick India out of this tournament. Great job Bangladesh.

Posted by sponcomb on (March 16, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

This is amazing the curse of 100th hundred hunt down India. Whats the point of celebrating an individual effort when you lose the match. Its not worth an individual effort if we are always on the losing side.

Another interesting stats To put things in perspective, and without taking anything away from this achievement, SRT has played 149 ODIs outside Asia against the other Top8 Test playing nations. And he scored only 6 centuries in those matches.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

all of you who commented about Bangladesh. please see the scorecard now. I think you all wanna change what you have said :)

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (March 16, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

Bwahahahaha reading the earlier comments is hysterical. Every Bangladesh and Sri Lankan fan will be cheering for Pakistan against India. Pak players dont let them down. You may be into the final but theres a job to do.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

i have one thing for india "bigger they are , the harder they fall"...

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

and bangladesh won :D. where are indian fans? congrats shakib and the team :D.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

HAHAHAHA loved the indian comments before the match!! NEVER underestimate the minnows. aaand in other news the sri lankan team unpack their half packed bags ;)

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

very funny !!! great fast bowler from India !!! holy cow !!!

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (March 16, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

Mushfiq was right. India's bowling attack is one of the weakest now. So tigers could roar easily.

Posted by Bangla.tiger on (March 16, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

Pls dont say its a upset. Bangladesh is able to beat any country.

Posted by NP_NY on (March 16, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Congratulations to BD for a fighting win! As an Indian fan, I am disappointed but India needed a good kick in the back. This match clearly exposes the fact that India cannot be sure of defending anything under 300 even against a team like BD. The batsmen alone cannot keep winning matches for India. They have to get some fresh blood in, in the bowling department otherwise, this could continue to get very embarassing for India.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

All the close decisions in this match went for India and still India lost. On hindsight Rahim had done his homework correctly.

Posted by couchpundit on (March 16, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

ROFL ---- Sachin's another centruy (114 scored in 17 balls against mighty Bangladesh in tough batting conditions) GREAT JOB SACHIN..... I wonder how long will this tirade continue.

Who cares if India Wins or not, YOUR GOD SCORED TON of TON's. Shame on you.

But kudos Bangladesh, well played.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Mushfiqur, who had said yesterday that India's thin bowling unit gave Bangladesh confidence, slammed 46 off 25 as Bangladesh won with four deliveries left..... To all my Indian Buds..

Posted by Shakirceragem on (March 16, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

Bengal Tigers have shown their power and skills... Congratulations to Bangladesh Cricket team...Keep it up till the last game against Srilanka...

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

those geniuses who are mocking our ability,open your eyes and see,INDIA is nothing without his batting attack. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!..ur bowling sucks!..just one the batting failed little bit to achieve 300 mark and poop!!..INDIA LOSES! LOL :P

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

It needs more than 14 players for this Indian team to rule out Bangladesh..Proud of you Bangladesh..You made my day..

Posted by tiger_bangladesh on (March 16, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

@-chapathishot, Abi Prathi, Bangladesh did not play against India Women XI..Yes, they played against your mighty team, what all the names-Sachin, Virat, Raina, Dhoni.....but all are in vain.....!!!!This is cricket that India must understand..When tigers roar, no one remains unbeatable.Proved in 2007 world cup also in Asia Cup 2012..See how Sakid, Tamim & Mushfiq again compelled India to lay down heads..Now think how you can reach the final.......

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

@all Indian fans, never underestimate your opponents, lolz

Posted by sylsho on (March 16, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

Hahahaaa... where are all the Indian fans from this message board now? You still want to argue Mushfiq was wrong saying that?? GO Bangladesh..... awesome finish to the game. Proud of U all.

Posted by Jakir_Hossain on (March 16, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

Wow! Congrats Bangladesh Cricket team, Now India should re-make their schedule and invite Bangladesh for Play in India. We hope they will be educated by today's game.

Posted by amilag on (March 16, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

unimportant milestones,media hype, lack of talented bowler, complacency cost India match.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

I am an Indian cricket fan and I am watching cricket in India from 1984. In the last 28 years I saw India losing to Bangladesh 2 times in very important matches and I also saw Kenya also beat India. I am really disappointed all the 3 teams. I felt very sad and next day I keep on telling myself India will never lose to them again. I remember a story like mine. 2 friends walking saw a movie poster. The poster has the image of a movie hero falling of the horse. One friend said to other how can a hero fell of the horse and it's not possible. The second friend said the hero did fell off and first friend don't like it and he made a bet with his friend and they watched the movie. In deed the hero fell off the horse and when the loser tried to gave money he lost to the winner, winner said I already saw the movie earlier so don't worry about the bet. But the loser said I also saw the movie but I thought since he is a hero I assumed he will never fall of the horse again and I am that loser here.

Posted by JChandi on (March 16, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

India always lose if Sachin scored a hundred, how come this happens always??...well played B'desh, looking forward to Bangla vs Pakistan final :)

Posted by Only_Cricket11 on (March 16, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Great work bangaldesh. @csuraj, @TheGreatBCCI, @zapeta, @chapathishot....where are u hiding guys :)

Posted by DesiChele on (March 16, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Any further comments from Indians? Now that we know what Mushfiqur exactly meant. Well done tigers. Super team performance. Keep improving Bangladesh. Thanks for insights from INDIAN over-enthusiasts for whom this article now looks even more meaningful.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

I agree that Mushfiq is honest in his opinion which may seem a touch of arrogance. But what about the arrogant comments made by the Indian Supporter. Where are they hiding after the loss?

Posted by TuhinFarheen on (March 16, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Really delighted to see Bangla marching past the Indians. Though Sachin reahced his milestone, his 'slower than usual' strike rate hurt India at the end.

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (March 16, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

Well he was right, indian bowling gave up 35 runs in last 2.2 overs and handed the game to BD. Well played BD. India will out of the tournament on Sunday night...

Posted by Stos on (March 16, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

One gets the feeling that a lot of commenters will be eating their words today. Mushfiqur, less so.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

Finger on your lips, Indian fans.................

Posted by shovwar on (March 16, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Indian Bowling sucks they cant take 10 wkts in an odi.....BD played good....But it was easy for them bcos it was Indian Bowling.....

Posted by zulfi43 on (March 16, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

Poor proud Indians fell deep

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 16, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

BANGLADESH WIN!!!! It was a great match and with 290 chase I bet the Indian fans thought it was a done deal and Bangladesh would lose ... Wrong... Today Bangladesh showed a true fighting spirit that has been absent. They wanted it and when they saw blood they truly became tigers! Don't worry India don't feel too insecure you still are the better team (although I think your media will tear the team to pieces!) but your weakness have been highlighted.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

from hero to zero in no time tendlkr. Well played Bengladesh !

Posted by ghumkumar on (March 16, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

@Abi Prathi Indian women's team is not that bad really!

Posted by lovecricket07 on (March 16, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

Indian bowling attack was ordinary as usual...... nothing to take away from Bangla batters ........well played Bangladesh.......

Posted by LionsBlood on (March 16, 2012, 16:45 GMT)

Congrats to Bangladesh.... . Like to read comments fron Indian supporters who named other teams as MINNOWs.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

A pure smack on India's face!!!! Mushtiq stood by his plan :D

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

Bangladesh won and Indian should think about rebuilding cause Sachin's career is becoming more like the career of Shah Rukh's. Bangladesh has the potential to win and India will lose to Pakistan. Pakistan will probably win the Asia cup

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

Not a big cricket fan... I felt sorry for the Indian players, they deserved better.

Posted by supadupamonk on (March 16, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Well Done Bangladesh you played really well.....Now Mr. Dhoni we have paid the terrible price because of your adamance for giving chances to players like Jadeja, Dinda and praveen kumar, are you satisfied. Do you even now consider of giving chances to players like Tiwary, Yousuf Pathan. Ashok Dinda is the worst bowler I have ever seen, he dont have pace, swing or anything as the matter of fact he does not deserve to play even the first class cricket. If this is the best bowler that India has currently than even God cannot save Indian cricket.....

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

as i commented b4 the series, bangla is gonna be asian champ!! its almost done they shud become asian champ!!!! sakib shud inspire his team to compete the top level cricket

Posted by navi1 on (March 16, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Koodos to Bangla team; well played and well deserved... They should have win the Pak game as well because in the end they played better Cricket but went unlucky.. Koodos to Sachin for making a record....

Guys I guess Shoaib Akhtar was right in his book saying that Sachin and Dravid always play for themselves instead for country; today's example is perfect that his century gone in the drain; what is the use of century when you don't win for country..but again Sachin good job and time to retire buddy with respect... cheers

Posted by Who_Care on (March 16, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Thank you Sachin for the century. We win today becoz of your century :p

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

congrats bangladesh...celebrations here in PAKISTAN also.....!!!!!!!!!shakibn raheem was giving afridi luk 2da

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

now u see india lost match against bangladesh ,how same to us or sachin or team indai team ,please think ,that u play 4 india country or u r selves

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

even USA can win against this indian bowling attack!!!!!!!! UMESH YADAV has been rested for upcoming ipl series!!!!!

Posted by priceless1 on (March 16, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

this is a real slap on the face of the Indians who always made jokes about the Bangladeshi team .today they proved that they are better team than Indian

Posted by mbhasan on (March 16, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

@neer_allrounder.. u right Bangla didnt play their full quota of overs.. lol.. another Sachin's century in vain, thanks to IND bowling and captaincy

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

atlast a victory which lead us unforgetable joy

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (March 16, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Well well well - all boasting by India fans must now come to an end. India turned over by Bangladesh..... fantastic performance by Bangladesh!

Posted by umairr99 on (March 16, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

another match when tendulker scored 100 and india lost the match... lol..

Posted by manojs3010 on (March 16, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Now its time for india to get good bowler in the team... and Media, please leave sachins retirement aside, he is doing good... Focus on highlighting the bowling side who cant even defend a total like 289... always sachin is not responsible for win or loss of indian team... other ten player are also paid for their job...the top bowler gets hit for sixes in the final over ... it is not possible for the batsmens to get a total of 300 plus in every match ..u need to learn good bowling in critical contions

Posted by shahzaibq on (March 16, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Rahim just showed what he's made of!!! Walk the walk Rahim!!! Be proud! For all the Indians saying their bowling attack is good enough, remember Shakib's flighted deliveries are quicker than Vinay's fastest yorkers!!! And the Indians should get ready to relinquish any rankings they have in 2014... Well played BCCI, but very short-sighted of you to only plan for two years! Reflects very well on the cricket team's performances... Good in the shorter formats, hopeless otherwise!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

Congrats BD, keep it up....

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 16, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

So my worst fears have come true. Sachin getting a century and India loosing a game, even Bangladesh. So now this match will not be remembered for sachin's 100th ton, but will be remembered for india loosing for the selfish batting of SRT and Virat (both chasing thier personal milestones). Virat was chasing his 3rd ton in a row, to be levels with Z.Abbas, S.Anwar, Lara, Dveliers etc. and Sachin was chasing his 100th. Also i should mention here that Virat should have been given lbw on the very first ball he faced. inspite of this huge blow of luck Bangladesh won. Congratulations to Bangladesh.

Posted by trotter on (March 16, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

A slap on the face...don't think I need to say more...well done Tigers, Congrats!!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

when Gr8 Sachin scored Century...WHY India LOse:(

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

Sachin WON and India Lost!!!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

Thats Shoab Akhthar said that Sachin is not a Match winner, I am %100 agree with the rawalpinde express. Great game bangladish

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

India has the most impotent bowling attack in the whole wide world....it's a shame...even their batting is so average now. Even tendulkar had to wait for a match with Bangladesh to get his hundred ,,,, what a joke.......

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

I am sorry India fans were you saying something, I can't hear you with all the noise of celebration in Shere Bangla Stadium, so much for the almighty Sachin right.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

Many many congratz to Bangladesh from Pakistan for the awesome victory. Really Awesome stufffffffffffff.

Posted by itsTIME4ELImination on (March 16, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

Oh boy, the Indians lost to Bangladesh. What in heavens name happened to the World Champions?

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

india got thrashed by bangladesh......what a shame for world champions....

Posted by woodhaven on (March 16, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

when tendulkar score century, india cant win--once again proved

Posted by rockyyy on (March 16, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

bangla winning !!!! sakib roks

Posted by rockyyy on (March 16, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

bangla victory on the way

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

mr csuraj you know hoe to play cricket

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

@OmarAbbad, ur preditions will come true only if bangladesh MEN's teams plays with Indian Women's team...

lol................. nice thought.....

Posted by chapathishot on (March 16, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

My man Bang LA ,How could you forget feb 19 2011,have you forgot the dashing and later trashings .Come on are you suffering from short term memory loss

Posted by TheGreatBCCI on (March 16, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

Developing Cricket Nations will have huge tempo, agreed.. BD has every right to dream, but you need Potential also. I think Tamim, Shakib and Mortaza are as capable as Ashok Dinda

Posted by cond_cool on (March 16, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

Varun Aaron Varun Aaron Varun Aaron Varun Aaron

Posted by zapeta on (March 16, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

@Ehsanul Amin Tito-- exactly Mushfiq the little kid should learn to respect the Great World Champions. we dont have our best Fast bowlers but that is enough to compete on Bangaldeshi Tracks..

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

@bangla ppl : why comparing test match with ODI ,, this is ODI series and we were very competent in AUS , ENG in ODI's

Posted by csuraj on (March 16, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

India has a weak bowling attack.Australia can bowl out bangladesh within 50 With India ,bangladesh may get a respectable total of 150 +.well that dosnt matter as anyway , today bangladesh is gonna be defeated miserably and kicked out of the series.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Indian supporters tend to forget very easily.... dude, you were just pwned by England and Australia...

Posted by Stranger09 on (March 16, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Good point mars2009, india will hire bowlers from outside and the rest of the teams will hire batsmen from india to play in sub continent conditions.....good deal.... Isn't it

Posted by maddy20 on (March 16, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

@Ehsanul Amin Tito What you say is true but he should not go on record making silly statements. Look at the Indian camp. They just go about their business quietly. Even the Pakistanis are playing it that way which I think is fantastic. This has been the most calm Pakistani side I have seen in a long time. Perhaps thats the reason for their success?

Posted by soumyas on (March 16, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

@OmarAbbad, ur preditions will come true only if bangladesh MEN's teams plays with Indian Women's team...

Posted by Tanveer.bd on (March 16, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Bharat Mata, the world champs, will win the asia cup for sure because the tournament is in the subcontinent. They wont be able to defend their title in the next world cup because it will be in Australia. Sorry Bharat mates, your batsman's are good but only on your soil dada, and your bowlers...hahahah.

Posted by linuxer6 on (March 16, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

@pmbasu: Then why don't you ask your aussy, england, SA, NZ teams to roar in india??? Are they become dumb in india. Every team is strong in home weak at away. it applies for all .

Posted by sm.likhon on (March 16, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Today Bangladesh will give their 100 percentage to beat India ..so be careful...

Posted by sm.likhon on (March 16, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Bangladesh will make hard for indian blowing ..okkk

Posted by fearless69 on (March 16, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Dreaming is good but Day Dreaming?? I feel pity on you in advance Rahim.. India will make you pay for your comments.. We often see many times a player of opposition targeting india's weakness before the match and India make them pay by performing extremely well against them.. Now get ready to see shinning stars on a bright sunny day.. LOL

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

Best of luck for both the teams

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

I think one should respect each others.Well india is world cup champion but remember they are not capable of doing good in Australia and England.they can do better in their soil but did not able to win a single test matches in Australia and England ...So keep your talk in your pocket and lets see what is going to happen.On the other hand see how Sachin will play as we know that he is a class act..Best of lucks for both the teams..............

Posted by pmbasu on (March 16, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

Hope this "un-patriotic" comment will be posted. Nice to see the India-team players and their fans overcome the recent attack of soar throat problem down under and start roaring again. Enjoy the next 2 years!

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

Guys do not forget to 2007WC when Ind lost to BD in the opening match. Never underestimate BD. They can come out of the blue & win.Ind should not be over confident on their batting. Singles are important to win the matches which gives the additional advantage. Boundary 4 or 6 is bonus. What you run insde the boundary is very very important. All the best guys. Let the best team win

Posted by Nipaos on (March 16, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

I guess India should forget their bowling and wish they get to bat 1st. Either Sachin/Kohli should target 200. Gambhir should target a steady 100 and Dhoni/Raina should look for 20 ball 65-70. India should target 450 here.

Posted by   on (March 16, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

dont lough ...wait for some moment.Rahim u take good point

Posted by OmarAbbad on (March 16, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

If Bangladesh will bowled out under 200 then we will bowled out India under 150

Posted by luvusachu on (March 16, 2012, 1:13 GMT)

My Team for today is 1.Gautham 2.Darling of the Mass 3. Virat 4. Manoj 5.Suresh 6.MS 7. Yusuf 8. Vinay. 9. Ashok 10.Irfan 11. Ash. MS also thinks in this way I believe

Posted by neer_allrounder on (March 15, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

haha bangdesh "tigers" who said this...haha i hope India bat first n make a merry..other bnagla won't be able to play full qota

Posted by SantoshGhirnikar on (March 15, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

Why is Vinay Kumar playing? What happened to Varun Aaron? Manoj Tiwary should be given a chance instead of Rohit. Little Mushfiqur is in for a rude shock.

Posted by Bang_La on (March 15, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

@rakesh_1907 & @Arjun Siva, well, there maybe wistful thinking in Rahim's thoughts but we did not see any dasher in Indian team excepting once but have seen their butts strapped many times lately. Such dashing is also possible by Shafiul Islam, ask England!

Posted by mars2009 on (March 15, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

The total population of all cricketing nations except India is 487 million whereas India's population is 1,200+ million alone. Every sixth man on this planet is an Indian, even though they can't produce single world class fast bowler. I would recommend them to follow England's trait. Hire fast bowlers from outside India , Sri Lanka , Bangladesh , Pakistan even Afghanistan because India is not going to produce fast bowler. From now, for two years Indians team / fans will over moon. because they are not going to play outside subcontinent. Cheers!!

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

bangladesh should look 4 5th bowler...and last match why nasir didn't bowling...and 1 more thing is that bangladesh should take another batsman or all-rounder...

Posted by UnHeroicMenace on (March 15, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

Thank god the indian team is not taking bangladesh as lightly as these guys are. If they did, bangladesh probably had some chance of beating india at home.

Posted by RishabJ on (March 15, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

When you see what W.I captain Darren Sammy told in 2011 World Cup that India's bowling is taken lightly and can score 400 easily and they didn't even touched the score of 200 ....

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

best of luck mushfiqur Rahim, hope your team will prove that its true.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

HAHAA....RAHIM RAHIM!! WAT DO U THINK OF INDIA MANN? DONT TARGET INDIA OR ELSE INDIA WILL TARGET YOU!! YOU ARE SAYING AS IF YOU ARE A WORLD CLASS BATSMEN.....WE HAVE VERY GOOD BOWLERS DONT COMPARE THEM WID ANYONE........BANGLA WILL BE BOWLED OUT BELOW 200 TOMORROW FOR SURE..........DREAM BANGLA DREAM!!

Posted by maddy20 on (March 15, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Mr.Rahim is talking as if his team had been vanquishing India consistently like India did to Sri Lanka. Well good luck with that! Our bowling attack may not be excellent but it was good enough against Sri Lanka. Its our batting lineup that will send shivers down the spine of any team in subcontinental conditions.

Posted by HeinekenBoy on (March 15, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

Bangladesh has a good chance again beating India today. Go Tigers Go!

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

LOL Rahim. Keep dreaming mate.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

Irfan is Back.....(king of Swing) so Mr. Rahim take back your words... Yes... he will be threatening if he bowls with the new ball but he showed in last match he can take wickets with the old ball also....

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

yeah..with this bowling attack, they have bowled out one team..

Posted by rockyyy on (March 15, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

its fate for indian cricket team at this moment!!!!! everyone will speak anything!!!!

Posted by ibbani on (March 15, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

I cant stop laughing. Someone please give a hand. I am on floor because of Rahim's joke. captain, just recollect your memories for WC opener, when India toyed your bowling to 375 and you guys were left with no stones unturned. This bowling attack is more than enough to take you guys out of Asia cup itself. India win tomorrow. It is India/Pak Final. Later again INDIA is ASIA CUP CHAMPIONS. Ohho somebody please give a good fight to this Mighty Indian team. :)

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

200% correct india was never good in bowling department its just they are good in slow and low picth in subcontinent and thats how they won the world cup...

Posted by woodhaven on (March 15, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

india is an over rated team for sure. the way bd played against pakistan. they can beat india easily. cricket is a funny game, only win matters here

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

good luck u school dragger rahim,bangladesh should be grateful that it is being considered a team after all by the ICC,tomorrow's gonna be the worst day for all the bangladesh cricketeers in their career. A very very simple job for India.India is good in spin and swing bowling. And its batting will be bangladesh's TNT blast for tomorrow's match.India will easily outplay bangladesh.India's gonna win man!.Even my school cricket team can defeat bangladesh LOL!

Posted by Nampally on (March 15, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

You are absolutely right when you say Vinay, Irfan & Parvin bowl in a similar manner. While Irfan & Vinay clock 130 KPH, Pravin is only 125 KPH. Also Irfan is a left hand bowler.Also on sub continental pitches you need both accuracy & direction in addition to 140 KPH. Neither Ishant, Aaron or Yadev - all 140 KPH- are in the squad. So India is struck with these 3 + Dinda. Will Dhoni try Dinda instead of out of form Pravin? If there is logic, he Must. Also Jadeja is like a white elephant- most expensive bowler- just in XI for fielding! Rahul Sharma is infinetly better spinner - an accurate wkt. taking wrist spinner. Dhoni needs Rahul to give some respectability to the dismal Indian bowling. Ashwin & Rahul can bowl their 20 overs @ 4 to 5 runs/over. If the seamers can bowl at <5 runs/over, the opposition total can be restricted to 250. But Dhoni has to stop fooling around with part time bowlers. Have 4 specialist bowlers +one All rounder in Irfan. Indian bowling is very weak right now.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

As an Indian supporter, I wish Bangladesh all the very best. Regardless of whether you win or not, show the fighting spirit. Play good cricket consistently so that no one will consider your victories as upsets.

Posted by imi2839 on (March 15, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

i think kohli will slaughter bangladesh....bt its only one ball...mental games..well played mushfiq

Posted by jaweed.ali on (March 15, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

hahahahhaa...........dont know what to say? gud confidence rahim.....u must b dreaming.....but dreaming in day times cant understand.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

I almost got sacred now even bangladesh prepares plan .

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

We the Bangladeshis will come on party only after the match . we do not like astrology as like Indians.

we dreams because we have the abilities to make it true. you all Indians know that how many times you have defeated by us. so don't be over confident ....

Posted by darsh127 on (March 15, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Bowling attack seems poor eh, watch out!, india gonna bowl u out under 150

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (March 15, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

BUT WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN INDIA WILL POST 370 ON BOARD .

Posted by street_smart on (March 15, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Mushfiq... what if we say Indian batting in sub-continent is much more stronger thatn SL & Pak.. will that now take your hope away??? Ha ha

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

cry baby stuff by mushfiqr rahim....

Posted by msaurav on (March 15, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

Well a cricket match is not won till the last bowl is bowled .So we(indians) should keep our fingers crossed . We cant take bangladesh lightly . Most probably we will getting an india vs pakistan final . India should play to their full strenght . And india's bowling is weak is wroung to say . Rahim will be proved wroung too soon though they are not so threatning but they will be threat to bangladesh rush of blood batsmen . And ashwin will come handy . India bat till 10th .If one or two batmen fires for india it will be enough for india to beat bangladesh . Two centuries and an quick fire fifty will do

Posted by mrm2011in on (March 15, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

mr.rahim take a loook at ur team..u cant score 39 run of 0 ballls with 5 wickets remaining and talking about others..try to improve urself other than tryng to find opposition weaknesses

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

ok..we accept that our bowling is weak..then what about Bangladesh's batting...is it very strong,Mushfikar??????...

Posted by Chuck_Nunchuck on (March 15, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

wonder why bang isnt in the t20 qualifier like the others. Im sure they would be beaten by the likes of Ireland/Afghanistan/Netherlands. And next time I would really would love to see Afghanistan, and Nepal in the Asia Cup.

Posted by cricketcrazy555 on (March 15, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Try to find any way to stop virat kohli first...................hehehehhehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe

Posted by rakesh_1907 on (March 15, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

gud point by kid rahim.may bangladesh batsman prove him right.but what wil happen if their bowling is exposed by indian dashers..

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Good Luck mishfiqur.....try your luck

Posted by samkohli on (March 15, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

wish what you can acheive......hahahahahaahaaaa

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

Best Of Luck to Mr.Rahim & his team,they can dream what they want.

Posted by pritpalpabla on (March 15, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

After playing some tough cricket for the past 3 months, it would be good to see how Indian team will approach themselves against weak opponent...

Posted by bigdhonifan on (March 15, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

But their batting is much much stronger than Srilanka or Pakistan....

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Hahahahahahahahahahahaa..... wishful thinking Mr. Rahim!

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