Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Fatullah February 25, 2014

No 'upset' if Bangladesh beat India - Mashrafe

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India world class even without Dhoni - Mortaza

Mashrafe Mortaza took slight at the use of the word "upset" when questioned about Bangladesh's chances against India. Mashrafe, who picked up two wickets including Sachin Tendulkar's in Bangladesh's win against India in their last Asia Cup match in 2012, said the younger players are keen to show their best. The two teams kick off their Asia Cup campaigns on Wednesday in Fatullah.

"I don't count it as an upset if we win against India," Mashrafe said. "We have done it before. They have been playing in different wickets in South Africa and New Zealand but do well in the sub-continent, and we know this well.

"We are playing at home where the support and conditions are known. If we can come up with our best cricket I think we can fight it out. Everyone is excited, especially the younger players. They want to show something. We are playing at a major event, and I know that everyone is trying their best. If most of us perform, it is easier for us to win."

Back during the 2012 Asia Cup, Bangladesh crashed Tendulkar's 100th hundred party, by pulling off a 290-run chase. Previously, Bangladesh beat India at home in 2004 and more famously during the 2007 World Cup, with Mashrafe performing well on both occasions.

But given Bangladesh's current form - they lost the home series to Sri Lanka 3-0 last week - it will be a major turnaround if they are able to actually play better cricket than India. On top of that, they are without Tamim Iqbal, who is out due to injury, and Shakib Al Hasan, who has been suspended by the BCB.

"I think we have to perform together and stay as a team," Mashrafe said. "On-field performance will definitely have an effect on our mentality so we have to do well out there. Everyone in the team has remained positive, and we will all try to support the team. Those two [Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal] are big players. We will miss them. But we have good players, from whom we can expect a good result."

Realistically, the team has enough performers to give India a close contest. Mushfiqur Rahim, Naeem Islam, Mominul Haque and Mashrafe Mortaza will be among those players on whom a lot will depend. Mashrafe has now played in 50 Bangladesh wins in which he has averaged 18.84 with the ball. But in the three wins against India, his performance has been better, averaging 14.75 per wicket. But Mashrafe said that he is not too focused on the previous victories against India.

"A player wants to do well every game. There is expectation on all the bowlers to perform. If we can put together a combined performance, it will help us," he said. "We beat them two years ago, so the most important thing is what happens tomorrow. They are without their key player Dhoni but their batting line-up is still world-class. They can beat anybody. We haven't played our best cricket recently, but we will recover quickly."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on March 1, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    If bangladesh beating is not an upset...the Afghanistan beating Bangladesh is not at all an upset and also its so sorry for mortaza since he has not played this game

  • Nampally on February 26, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Mortaza may have got his lesson after loss to India by 6 Wkts. Actually it should have been by 8 wkts. but for Kohli & Rahane throwing away their wkt. with a tired or poor shot. Actually, if India had batted well, they should never have lost any wkts. on this dead pitch which was like a batting paradise. Weak BD will lose all their 3 matches. Indian bowling also was wayward to allow so many runs to BD- Aaron being the worst. If Aaron cannot maintain his line & length, he needs to "Retire". He bowls at 145KPH + but does not use his brain! What a waste of God given talent! Bring in Binny & Pandey who are dying to play to justify their spot in the XI. I am sure they will do better than Aaron. I also felt that Shami is being over worked & may end up with a "Tired Arm" syndrome. India needs to use the squad bowlers fully if they wish to build some experience. Flogging the same Bowlers repeatedly even when the Selectors gave lot of back ups is simply Not ON1 Rotate the Pace & spin bowlers.

  • SenuraTimberlake on February 26, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    As a captain, you should know of your limitations. Im not saying that the BD team cannot beat India, but it would be very rare. Just because BD win one or two matches against a top team, it doesnt mean that they are better than everyone else. They must learn to respect their opponents and then only will the results come their way more consistently. As a Sri Lankan, I would love BD to beat India but we all know that only a desperately bad day for India would bring them that result. Actually as im posting this, India beat BD. Not at all a surprise!!

  • Abhishek.2626 on February 26, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Mortaza is spot on. Beating India is no upset. We havent been world beaters the last couple of years. And the margin of our defeats has been at par with how bangladesh usually loses its matches. Be it the innings defeats in Australia or England.. ANd yes these conditions are familiar.. but our bowling is right now one of the weakest in the history of test playing nation nations. Even zimbabwe has a better line up.. for the first time, even our spinners are ordinary. I think it is the time we let go of our egos and think sensibly.

  • on February 26, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    i think bangladesh will played well if they were get to play more innternational mach,,but i think today is the golden opportunity for bangladesh to winning vs india,india's two great batsman Ms Dhony and Youvraj sing are not playing,,,,,by the way best of luck

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I would love to witness another thrashing from mighty Bangla's over the So called BIG Indians.. But, as a cricket fan I know it's far from reality.. If Bangladeshis really need to win today's match, They should remove Indian's Top three early as possible.. It's the only thing they have to do for a win.. There's Nothing to worry about mediocre Indian bowlers or average middle order..

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    india has the worst looking jearseys in the world !! even bd has better looking jearseys than india !!

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Must Bangladesh is too comfortable in their home ground. For that I think Bangladesh will win today.

  • i_golam on February 26, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    one day is mine and the second is yours and so it is with cricket so why you're bitching and bragging? it may not even fifteen years we Bangladesh is in cricket seriously and the results they already came out with had no other cricket nation ever made !! How long it took for India or SL to win their first matches ? Well ... I must say that the strong passion Bangladesh has for it cricket ... does not take long for them to flourish in the cricket world !!!

  • AbdulMohamad731 on February 26, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    This is the problem with Bangladesh team. Rather than working on their game, they are talking big things.

    Mushfiq, Jurgensen must be removed at the earliest.

  • on March 1, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    If bangladesh beating is not an upset...the Afghanistan beating Bangladesh is not at all an upset and also its so sorry for mortaza since he has not played this game

  • Nampally on February 26, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Mortaza may have got his lesson after loss to India by 6 Wkts. Actually it should have been by 8 wkts. but for Kohli & Rahane throwing away their wkt. with a tired or poor shot. Actually, if India had batted well, they should never have lost any wkts. on this dead pitch which was like a batting paradise. Weak BD will lose all their 3 matches. Indian bowling also was wayward to allow so many runs to BD- Aaron being the worst. If Aaron cannot maintain his line & length, he needs to "Retire". He bowls at 145KPH + but does not use his brain! What a waste of God given talent! Bring in Binny & Pandey who are dying to play to justify their spot in the XI. I am sure they will do better than Aaron. I also felt that Shami is being over worked & may end up with a "Tired Arm" syndrome. India needs to use the squad bowlers fully if they wish to build some experience. Flogging the same Bowlers repeatedly even when the Selectors gave lot of back ups is simply Not ON1 Rotate the Pace & spin bowlers.

  • SenuraTimberlake on February 26, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    As a captain, you should know of your limitations. Im not saying that the BD team cannot beat India, but it would be very rare. Just because BD win one or two matches against a top team, it doesnt mean that they are better than everyone else. They must learn to respect their opponents and then only will the results come their way more consistently. As a Sri Lankan, I would love BD to beat India but we all know that only a desperately bad day for India would bring them that result. Actually as im posting this, India beat BD. Not at all a surprise!!

  • Abhishek.2626 on February 26, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Mortaza is spot on. Beating India is no upset. We havent been world beaters the last couple of years. And the margin of our defeats has been at par with how bangladesh usually loses its matches. Be it the innings defeats in Australia or England.. ANd yes these conditions are familiar.. but our bowling is right now one of the weakest in the history of test playing nation nations. Even zimbabwe has a better line up.. for the first time, even our spinners are ordinary. I think it is the time we let go of our egos and think sensibly.

  • on February 26, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    i think bangladesh will played well if they were get to play more innternational mach,,but i think today is the golden opportunity for bangladesh to winning vs india,india's two great batsman Ms Dhony and Youvraj sing are not playing,,,,,by the way best of luck

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I would love to witness another thrashing from mighty Bangla's over the So called BIG Indians.. But, as a cricket fan I know it's far from reality.. If Bangladeshis really need to win today's match, They should remove Indian's Top three early as possible.. It's the only thing they have to do for a win.. There's Nothing to worry about mediocre Indian bowlers or average middle order..

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    india has the worst looking jearseys in the world !! even bd has better looking jearseys than india !!

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Must Bangladesh is too comfortable in their home ground. For that I think Bangladesh will win today.

  • i_golam on February 26, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    one day is mine and the second is yours and so it is with cricket so why you're bitching and bragging? it may not even fifteen years we Bangladesh is in cricket seriously and the results they already came out with had no other cricket nation ever made !! How long it took for India or SL to win their first matches ? Well ... I must say that the strong passion Bangladesh has for it cricket ... does not take long for them to flourish in the cricket world !!!

  • AbdulMohamad731 on February 26, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    This is the problem with Bangladesh team. Rather than working on their game, they are talking big things.

    Mushfiq, Jurgensen must be removed at the earliest.

  • kunalp2585 on February 26, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    I am sure India will win today's match. Even if their overseas performance has not been good at all, India has a good team to win this Asia Cup as well. Overall India and Srilanka stand a good chance to win this cup.

  • Pavinasen on February 26, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Come on guys give Mashrafe a break, he is trying to make a point , be it sense or nonsense , its still a point

  • sapnil2000 on February 26, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    one win is upset but winning in all big tournament is not upset. world cup, asia cup win and 2 other win is not fluke

  • Vitruvius on February 26, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Lets see where BD's arrogance takes them. Its funny how how Mashrafe who hasn't done anything solid in his career talk about India and how bad India's overseas record is. Well, we know what BD is capable of, done we?

  • ziggy500 on February 26, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    As an avid follower of BD cricket, i think the coach needs to put a media strike over the players. Not that mash said anything wrong, he has every right to think this way, but too much time is spent babbling in the press conferance and less time is spent in the nets.

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    This is getting exciting. I'm from India and wish this match goes down the wire till last over. Just looking forward to an absolute cracker of a game. May the best team be victorious.

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    First of all,I wish BD actually can justify their talent and big talk by performance on field.Still bragging about WC ein which was long 7 years back and a win in last Asia cup.It is an upset if you beat a team against whom you have won only 3 matches in ten years!! Also too much negativity from Srilankan fans (whom we beat too often) and BD(big talks) while Pak fans are usually balanced in their opinion about our Indian team.Talking about Indias overseas record,it is not good recently. But would really like both SL and Ban to check their records first! lastly,same big talks we heard in WC 2011 by ban,result was royal thrashing of 370 runs.Hope they focus more on field and our team gets pumped up by such bragging of the opposition.

  • Rashed_Iqbal on February 26, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Well said Mash.....Be confident and play like a Champion.

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    I wish Mortaza & other Bangladeshi players talk less before any game or, any series when they can hardly compete against any other team. When they can not prove anything on the ground they should just keep quiet. As far as I am concern, beating Afganistan will be an upset.

  • Mehedi_Jim on February 26, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Best of luck for the Tigers

  • mrnutral on February 26, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    I am an SL fan. I like if Ban win. But india is the best batting unit in subcontinent. So this match will be won easily by india even without dhoni. Good luck both the teams

  • Practical_person on February 26, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    @ Shourav Zaman - Its true that India cannot afford to take BD lightly and by no means it is an upset if BD beat India especially on their turf. But in saying that, your comment is pretty ludicrous considering that BD have not won away as well. In fact India has a better overseas record than BD. India has won series overseas in the past and even recently, there were few closely contested tests in Jo'berg and Wellington. BD never came that close in overseas tests except against WI when most of their players withdrew due to sponsorship disputes. Agreed that Indians are poor in overseas conditions at the moment but I am sure BD will meet a worse fate when they tour overseas. India also hammered NZ at home. You only lose credibility by sounding cocky.

  • Ammo666 on February 26, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 25, 2014, 17:38 GMT) what did you say that if even BD wins against any IND's ranji trophy team then it would be an upset..BD doesn't even count ranji trophy teams to beat..if your Ranji Trophy team loses to BD's C team then still it won't be an upset & you are talking about BD national team:D & even if BD's B team wins against IND's national team then still that's not an upset what you jus think hun..how funny you are!! everyone knows BD is not just like before anymore & there can be ups & downs & its a young experimental team overall & then without Tamim & Shakib...

  • i_amVIVA on February 26, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Should there not be a qualifier for India, (who were thrashed 4-0 by NZ, who got Banglawash few months ago,) before they are eligible to face Bangladesh this soon :)

  • on February 26, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    who ever india will win today match with out dhoni

  • Sandt on February 26, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    I don't understand why all BD fans are claiming about Shakib. What this has done to the team.He is an average player only and not a world class player.How many matches he has single handedly won. I don't this there will be much or even it will be nil. BD have some other good players who is much better than this hyped guy. And they had won matches for BD not Shakib.

  • on February 26, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Bangladesh...as expected from them do lot of talking before the match and never performed in match ..Yes they have won againts India but in how may attempts..check the % of their wins..Icc should cancel their test palyaing status..I thing Afganistan is more capable team then BD..Lets see todays reslt,,

  • Taaro on February 26, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    HAHAHA... indian Comments are so funny. they think Dhoni is the key (in some point yes). they say Sri lankan is good because dhoni is not there. what a funny comment. Dhoni is a great player. but because Dhoni is a good finisher it doesn't mean by him a international team can be Judge. other than Sri Lanka, Dhoni couldn't do any damage for NZ and some other countries too. Grow Up Guys... be mature... Look at BD's comments. how polite and how kind in there words. there are 11 in a team. all Should work to one Plan. Dhoni is not total 11. he is one man who lead the team. so first change your mind set people. learn from others... to play your own TMPT

  • basusri133b on February 26, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    India should not underestimate Bangaladesh. We have been beaten by them in the past. ODIs are sometimes unpredictable.

    Ashwin & Jadeja should find the typical Subcontinent wicket to their liking. And our batsmen will not have to worry about short pitched deliveries. Unless we play really bad, we should be able to beat Bangladesh.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on February 26, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    @shoumen...probably your brother is better than your QB Tony Romo too. He should replace with your stud brother!!!! Win some matches......

  • Dalibunga on February 26, 2014, 2:09 GMT

    No one would be upset if you can find a minnow basher someone like Nasir Jamshed or Quinton de kock or Brendon in your team.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 26, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    Mashrafe should really think before he talks. No doubt Bangladesh has improved tremendously and could very well be a good cricketing nation in the future, but they have barely ever beaten India. So yes, if they do beat them, it would be an upset. I am not saying they can't, they most certainly have the potential. However, India's chances of winning are much higher and thus, a Bangladesh win would be considered an upset.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on February 26, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    @aayan...really...Turdlers in BD face bowlers....didn't know that

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on February 26, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    @Abhijit panda....and Mash is the best bowler in the whole world.....Lol

  • on February 26, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    @Ayaan10411 - You know what would be really funny when these "club level" players bowl your awesome team out for less than 150. This is what the rest of the world thinks of BD. BD fans are delusional, didn't you guys just lose 3-0 LOL. Be humble mate!

  • mraju on February 26, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    Mr ShourAv Zaman! Bangladesh should check their quality once more and see if they are good enough to play international cricket, then we will think about India's eligibility to play BD. LOL!!

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on February 26, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    @Kaisar Ahmed....Seriously...what did we ask from you guys? BD is there because of India. Otherwise you still would have Ben under Pak rule. The guy you have hanged few days ago would have been ruling you guys. You talk as if you are literally doing favors to India every day. BD is nothing but trouble for India in everyway. Stop talking nonsense.

  • on February 26, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    India will beat everyone in asia

  • on February 26, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    As an Indian , I want to ask one thing to everone who delivers nasty comments--how we have got to such a low in last few years. Comments section is suppose to be filled with opinions, but all we are getting is poor posts. Understand we have got political issues with pakistan , but this is cricket and acually pak supporters and indian supportes are surprisingly not too nasty to each other. How and why SL and Ind fans are abusing each other is beyond my thinking....And now BD is joining the party. Afghan fans next??..... Come on guys , we are subcontinennt group and we all love good cicket, no matters who plays it...I doubt any true supporter will not like deep in his heart a well executed straight drive or a lethal yorker...Peace buddy..

  • on February 26, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    Agreed beating India is never an upset. Having said that Bangladesh has not improved by any margin the last couple of years. Mashrafe looked promising on his debut, now he is pretty ordinary. He is going to bleed runs in these conditions against India.

  • Johnny_129 on February 26, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    This whole tournament is a battle of the minnows. The tournament will define TWO THINGS - 1. Which team is TOP IN ASIA 2. Which team is the WORST IN THE WORLD? In other words, we will identify the BEST OF THE WORST!! How exciting!!! :) Bangladesh has a good chance of winning this tournament - Indeed, it would be neither an upset nor a surprise! The WC in Australia though will be another story - It would be a BIG surprise/ upset if either India or Bangladesh manage to beat a top tier nation. I have actually given up on both these teams - The pace of their fast bowlers is nothing short of embarrassing. There are quicker bowlers playing school cricket in NZ & Australia!

  • TigerRoars on February 26, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    India is definitely a favorite, but despite the recent carnage against SL, Bangladesh can beat India. Clearly, Kohli is going to be a key, but there are quite a few Indian batsman who can score a century against any batting. I personally feel that Rabiul could have been huge, if he was available. Indian batsmen have not played well against pace lately.

  • on February 25, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    Bangladesh can do it they have done it before they are on home soil on their day or on the occasion they can beat the best as recently as NZ

  • on February 25, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    India are a good team. I am afraid India can upset this half strength Bangladesh Team. Without Tamim/Shakib/Ashraful/Mahmudullah and with injured Mashrafe it's really tough to beat a good side like India....... expecting a good match tomorrow.Hope the youngstars like Mominul/Anamul/Shamsur/Alamin and the likes of Mushfik/Nasir/Imrul will put up a great show. Will be waiting to see another Kohli special.

  • on February 25, 2014, 23:04 GMT

    I like the arrogance shown by Bangladeshi fans but the truth is, in it's history Bangladesh has played 279 ODIs since 1986 to 2014 and Bangladesh has ONLY 5 wins against the top 8 teams (alphabetically) Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies in their own backyard (away match). Actually it is more like 2. 3 of them came against the second string side of WI when the original side went on strike for non-payment (proof below). I wonder how many Bangladeshi fans know this stat. 'Selectors stick to weakened squad' West Indies selectors have put faith in the inexperienced squad named on July 21 despite the senior players calling off their strike.' 'West Indies have announced a second-string squad for the first Test against Bangladesh on Thursday following a boycott by the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA). ' http://www.espncricinfo.com/wivbdesh2009/content/story/413237.html http://www.espncricinfo.com/wivbdesh2009/content/story/416112.

  • on February 25, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    Let the best team on the day win. Fans want their team to perform well and win. History will give you some guidance and stats will tell you some stories. Only Time will tell you the result. Both sides respect each other and will play hard cricket, if fans can also respect each other, it will be a good match on and off the field. Hope Cricinfo allow this to be posted.

  • on February 25, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    Shourav, you should be happy that Bangladesh is able to play international cricket. They are such a pathetic team.

  • on February 25, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    @asiacricket1234 Oh you have came back from hiding, after 3-0 loss. Anyway I dont think its your concern that India trashed SL. You should be more concern about why BD couldn't win a single game against SL in their own backyard. So let just worry about the matter at hand on tomorrows game. I think BD should prepare for the big match coming there way (I mean against Afganistan) as tomorrows game is a given for India. So please do come back to this forum after tomorrows game.

  • SL_legacy on February 25, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    @asiacricket1234, mate you seem to be very hyped to insult every team but BD. don't be just like you team to speak loud before a game even starts. just sit back and enjoy the game. your team should 1st know how to respect an opposition. not saying here Mashrafee has said something wrong, but overall, BD tend to underestimate the opposition no matter what it is and it is the root cause of their downfall. you can learn a lot from teams like SL & NZ about ethics of game... cheeres anyways and hope for a good match tomorrow!

  • on February 25, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    just a little sms for team India ** Estimate the target ** we r goin 2 smash it with smile ***

  • NP_NY on February 25, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    @Shourav Zaman: Correction. Not some Indian fans, ALL Indian fans think it will be an upset if BD beats India. True, India performed poorly in NZ but any fan with even a limited knowledge of cricket will not equate India's performance in NZ to how India will play in BD. India are reigning world champions and champions trophy winners whereas BD is still struggling to rank above Afghanistan. Sorry, if BD beats India it will be a major upset, period.

  • SanjivAwesome on February 25, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    I am looking forward to good cricket. Some other India fans are giving the BD fans the needle here! Hopefully it is all good humoured! I think BD today is a vastly improved cricket team than BD 10 years ago.

  • i_amVIVA on February 25, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    you said it bro; now go, and get the kill; bring them on......

  • Nampally on February 25, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    There will be no chance of an "upset" now that India is playing in the sub continental conditions. Also Indian middle order is solid with Pujara @#4. He was excluded in all ODI's both in SA & in NZ because Dhoni was opposed to his inclusion. Karthik & Pujara will reinforce Indian batting in addition to Dhawan, Rohit & Kohli the top 3 + Rahane lower down. Without Iqbal & Hassan, BD is a weak side. In addition Motraza is no longer the bowler he was over 6 year ago. So looking back will be futile. Get back into the present. This is a strong Indian team albeit young. Let us not dream & create a win for BD. On this very ground the same NZ side will be trounced by India. So 4-0 loss in NZ will be reversed on the sub continental pitches.

  • on February 25, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Shourav, India will thrash NZ in the sub-continent similar to how they thrashed England and Australia.

  • Manu4 on February 25, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    I think the only interesting game for Bangladesh would be against Afghanistan. Bangladesh tigers should at least win that game- it would be a shame if they can't.

    Also, I wish they would let Sehwag play the game against Bangladesh- he doesn't fit into the current team on the basis of his form, but he surely would have enjoyed it- nothing like a batting against a B team on a sub continent pitch to boost the confidence..

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    @Shourav Zaman I am sorry but bangladesh beat nz in home conditions and NZ beat India abroad ( of course that is no excuse India played pathetically .).We all know that India in subcontinent have the best batting ,now maybe SL is as good because of absence of Dhoni .So India batting is much better than BD who are without Shakib Tamim .Shakib was the main batsman in last years defeat.On top of that India in bowling is also better IMO as run leakers like Ishant(only test material) and Mohit (only IPL material).Jadeja is top bowler in ODIS and he and ashwin thrive in subcontinent. So I think India still has a huge chance to win.Of course BD are good at home recently.Hope its a good match

  • asiacricket1234 on February 25, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Mash has not said anything offensive or wrong. he praised India and all he said that he want his team to play better cricket. Donno why some narrow minded loser crying about it here and Kalana Dont worry about us. Just think about the Thrashing India gave you last time they played you. You are gonna get that once again so why don't you just get prepared for it?

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on February 25, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Think he's right theres not much separating these 2 sides. Both perf. well and manage a few wins in 'home' conds. though not much else o/s sub cont. Will be even contest leading up to the game. Real test though be vs the p/houses-SL/Pak.

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    @kunalshetty Let me add something to what you said, at least kenya came to a worldcup semifinal in 2003. BD has done nothing like that. Now this is what I ve been talking about they need to learn how to respect the opposition. I really hope India can trash BD.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 25, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    @ Legaleagle: Here you are again. Saw how your world class team broke up under pressure today. Our last 2 years ODI performance is lot better than your so call LEGENDS. Your team is just as pathetic as you are. As for India they are good team and wayyyy better than your over hyped Pakistan

  • IndiaNumeroUno on February 25, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Mashrafe will look back at this as an oops! moment - he will have plenty of time to repent after the sound thrashing coming up at a stadium near you :)

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    IPL is gonna destroy INDIAN team

  • on February 25, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Some indian fan fan thinks if BD beat IND its an upset lol!!!! IND were thrashed by NZ 4-0 where as BD beat NZ 3-0 few months back(although it was at home).....so my indian friends, go nd beat NZ first in an ODI then u shud be eligible to play with BD.....

  • Legaleagle on February 25, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    I like Bangladesh attitude against India. As a third party observer, I have to say that Bangladesh detest India even though their team sponsor is an Indian company. Indian cricket supported them right from day 1 but they don't like them. It will be a fascinating match to watch tomorrow with depleted Indian side and pathetic Bangladesh side.

  • sams235 on February 25, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    No surprise at BD players and fans over confidence.

  • mzm149 on February 25, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Indian bowling is even worse than Afghanistan. Bangladesh can easily beat them. It won't be an upset. India without Dhoni is half it's batting strength. Get Kohli cheaply and game is in your pocket.

  • on February 25, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    I do not care whatever is upset or not but we have the ability to win. Arrogance is not good for any game. India is our neighbor but they have never given us anything but wants everything from us. They will invite WI but not BD. Why? WI better than BD team but not in the subcontinent. Go tigers. Good luck for BD team.

  • on February 25, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Wish there was one Mr.Virendar Sehwag in this Indian line up. After a statement like this he would have butchered the BD attack mercilessly. Even without him the Indian line up can make the likes of Mortaza look like club level bowlers.

  • bdsmaruf on February 25, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    @gurdit singh, I think you r not touched with cricket recent past 2years.

  • Guhah on February 25, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Getting defeated against Afganistan could be an upset.

  • Sidath346 on February 25, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Good luck to both teams. Confidence of both teams must be really low specially after BD's loss to SL and India's losses to SA and NZ so a golden chance to redeem themselves. Anyway, may the better team always win. I do hope that our Asian friends would stop arguing all the time. From a Sri Lankan fan.

  • BigINDFan on February 25, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    If Ishant Sharma is not playing tomorrow then it will be a good tight match between the two sides. If Ishant is playing then Ind should bat first and hope Bang slip during the chase. Remember Ishant is worth 70 runs in any side :-)

    Ind are looking to do well after disastrous tours of SA and NZ. With MSD out there will not be the fielding restriction excuse and hope Kohli goes with the right players.

    SL are the favorites to win the Asia given their form and experience. Hope Ind makes it to the final, that in itself is a big achievement.

    Now good luck Ind and hope you survive Bang in the opener!

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    it would be an upset even if Bangladesh defeats a ranji trophy team.

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    if Bangladesh manages to defeat even a ranji trophy team,even then it would be a upset.

  • RajArya on February 25, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    @Shoumen Siddique - you should go on TV - you will make a good comedian.......but seriously maybe Pak should include your 11yr old brother in the team - it can only improve their batting strength LOL....

  • santhoo24 on February 25, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    @ i_amVIVA, see there lies the problem. Every BAN fan wanted their team to "go". No one ever asked the team to comeback. The team obliged, and the team is gone. Lol, just kidding. Best wishes to the BAN team. Although I can not ask for BAN team to win it when they are playing against us Indians.

  • Lakpj on February 25, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Bangaldesh will miss Shakib badly, if he was there you can think Bangladesh had a fair chance. But without him Shamsur, Mominul and Mushfiq or even Nasir needs to fire if they are to have some chance. But after the SL tour moral of most of the players could be low.

  • GRVJPR on February 25, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    For the moment I thought he would complete the speech by saying that we will get India all out for 10 runs i.e 10/10 in 10 balls and then score 11 of 1 ball to win the match, even if that is not possible!.

    Dear BD cricketer, I hope you wont have to face V Kohli at his best tomorrow, It will be difficult for BD team to recover from its side effects if that happens tomorrow. Best of Luck!

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Even my 11 yr old younger brother can smash the Indian bowlers all around the park..lol, India - pathetic excuse of a cricket team :- below sub-standard bowlers, flat-track/road batsmen, and corruption-filled cricket body..and they think they are in the "Big 3"!! Has cricket become a joke nowadays??

  • screamingeagle on February 25, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Thank you Mashrafe. That should do wonders to the Indian team to do well. Hope you walk the talk though. Losing is one thing, but losing after talking tough is another.

  • BanglaBandhu on February 25, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    Shamsur/Kayes and Shamsur/Mominal have a good understanding and we can hope to get good runs their. India's bowling is not great but their Batting is world class. Also Kholi as captain for a young team may give added pressure to IND.

    Mash was right ... theres no point in looking at the the last Asia Cup where BD booted IND out of the tournament, but he does play better against IND. It wont be Easy for IND so any Indian fan thinking it will ... are in for a big surprise!

  • METALMONSTER on February 25, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    well ..... I am not surprised to see negative comments about the TIGERS from some Indian supporters. I mean ... what happened to constructive criticism?! I guess they are not yet over with their defeat in the world cup and last Asia cup by BD. Can't deny one thing though .........Mashrafee is LETHAL against India. Tomorrow's game is anybody's until it's over.

  • PPD123 on February 25, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Not the smartest of comments from Mashrafe. The indian team is down after the away tours to SAF and NZL. No need to rile them up. Also whatever their form, they always perform well within the subcontinent. India's team composition with Jadeja and Ashwin as allrounders make them potent in these conditions. Also Bangladesh dont have the bowling firepower to run through Afghanistan, so forget troubling the Indian line up. I think it will be a better contest if India bat first and BD are able to restrict them to 280-290. That gives them the best chance to chase that target under lights and with dew making it easy to bat on in the 2nd inngs (dont bother about Pakistan losing while chasing today - they shot themselves in the foot through some pretty ordinary batting).

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    This is from a Bangladeshi Fan. Bangladesh needs to shut-up and perform on the field. Supporters and players need to show respect for the opposition be it India or Zimbabwe. My suggestion is instead of wasting time in the press conference you need to practice in the nets if you want to give India a fight. With the current form of the BD players i highly doubt they will win 1 game. ----REALITY CHECK.

  • barryrichardsfan on February 25, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Do they have bowlers to stop Kohli, Dhawan, Rohit, Jadeja from unleashing carnage? Kohli must be eyeing nothing less than a hundred tommorow.

  • i_amVIVA on February 25, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    you said it, mash! now prove it tomorrow. to win, shamsur-mushi-nasir-mominul needs to click, and the bowlers need to have an above average day with good length and line; then we can still rock the boat.... Go Bangla..Go Tigers Gooooooo

  • Rahul_78 on February 25, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Not a brightest bulb in the room! Why would you offer extra motivation to a team which is struggling on their own and without their usual captain. One thing everybody knows about Kohli is throw him a challenge and he performs quite a notch above. No need to rile him up!

  • Ayaan10411 on February 25, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    We all agree that BD is not a world class team, but friends you don't need to be a world class team to beat Indian bowlers and the team as a whole

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    He should remember how India raged on their own den in WC 2011. From ball one they had outside chances to win. I still count BD as improved minnows.

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    LOL ! this is what my reaction !

  • jimbond on February 25, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    True words indeed Mashrafee. However, if Afghanistan thrash Bangladesh, I wouldnt see that as an upset either.

  • Jawwad123 on February 25, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Under no circumstances should Anamul and Shamsur open BD's innings together. One of them always tends to get out early and there seems to be no chemistry amongst the two. Running between the wickets in the early stages is crucial and due to the lack of this BD tend to face an early collapse with the batsmen getting out to rash shots under pressure. In this case Imrul and Shamsur would be a better opening pair with Anamul coming in at no.3 OR later in the slog overs with Mominul filling in the no.3 position instead. If BD manages to get off to a good start while batting they can definitely pull off a victory!!

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Great to see someone calling BD as favorites to win the cup, without actually smiling :-) I won't be shocked if they go without a win right through!

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    time for rohit...............

  • Ayaan10411 on February 25, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Not only BD, I am sure that all the four countries will throw the baby bowlers out of the park and win the matches with ease.

  • bouncer709 on February 25, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Yes, they can jolt India team.

  • henchart on February 25, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Why should Indian fans get worked up over Bangladesh cricketer's statement?Wont hell break lose if Dhoni or Kohli are asked something similar if they play against Aus in Aus ?Indians have fared poorly ,at least that is what the results show,in SA and NZL.Having said that one must admit Indians are a different kettle of fish in sub continent.Bangladesh may pull off a stray win here or there but competition is among the big 3 only viz India,Pakistan and SLK for the Asia Cup.Among the top 3 the defending Asia Cup champions have the best bowling attack while SLK look the most balanced .Would absence of MSD,Raina ,Gambhir,Sehwag,SRT and Yuvraj hurt team India or are Dhawan,Kohli,Pujara,Sharma and Rahane competent enough to carry the mantle on ?Time would tell .

  • IndTheBest on February 25, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    Jokes apart but I like the esprit. Good luck BD, we'll talk about it after the match. Keep your speech ready:)

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    BD's recent performance in ODIs at home has been good and they won the last ODI against India at home. India is without MSD and hasn't given good performances of late, such factors may have made Mashrafe make such comment. No use making a fuss over it,results of the game will be out in near future. @Ayaan10411:If toddlers in BD face the std NZ international bowling,your team should be dominating the world cricket by now.I don't see BD winning too many matches outside BD.So when u make such tall claims plz back them with facts.

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    having confidence is good. so prove that in the field.bd just need a good day.india is a strong team but their fans are pathetic.talks too much and carry no respect for opposition.would it not be a good thing if u guys support ur neighbor for good future?

  • vrkp on February 25, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    I would like Shami to be rested in tomorrow's match and against Afgans as he is playing in all matches since WI series in India. These are the matches where we can try new players and give experienced players some rest.

    My XI would be:

    Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Pujara, Karthik, S Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Aaron, Pandey.

    This XI has 5 regular bowlers (3 pacers and 2 spinners) plus Binny and Rohit can bowl few overs if required. Batting wise, we have 9 batsmen (apart from Aaron and Pandey).

    For next match, Rahane, Shami and Mishra can be tried depending on the performance of Rohit, Ashwin and one of the pacers.

    Binny and Pandey should play at least 2 matches if not all 4/5 of them.

  • adis26 on February 25, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    @Ayaan10411 - Yes we've had a hard time in NZ recently, agreed. Tell you what though - this cockiness isn't going to help you as a fan or BD as a team. BD faces this kind of bowling your backyard? Really? I am not going to say much, our team is without our captain and is very inexperienced. Let the game do the talking. May be this series can teach you some more humility as clearly SL series has not.

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    I think Bangladesh should just focus on winning the match, instead of counting it as an upset or norm. For a team that practically makes ICC repent on it decision to award Test status, the focus should be on winning and gaining respect.

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Good Joke Mashrafe There is no way in hell or in heaven BD can beat this indian team,this indian team even at its low can beat BD single-handedly without loosing a sweat.Indians king of sub continent. Winner of Asia Cup 2014 - Indiaaaaaa..

  • kunalshetty on February 25, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    its been 1999 since Bangladesh have been full time initiated into ODI cricket and over 10 yeas since they've been playing test matches. Could any one kindly remind me one tri nation or multi nation tournament they've won?? apart from making it in to last years Asia cup final they've actually got nothing to boast. I'm sorry to say but they are still minnows and are still celebrating their victory of India and Australia years back. I predict Afghanistan will give them a tough fight

  • Rakesh_Soman on February 25, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    TEAM INDIA can show their strength here...for india 1) Dhawan 2) Rohit 3) Kholi 4) Pujara 5) Rahane 6) Karthik 7) Binny 8) Jadeja 9) Ashwin 10) Bhuvaneshwar 11) Shami

  • Ayaan10411 on February 25, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    I think my Indian friends have forgotten about their recent White Wash in NZ and BD has white washed NZ in BD; I am sure you fans are intelligent enough to understand the equation.

    Toddlers in BD daily face this standard of bowling at the back yards of their houses and here we are talking about the national team batsmen.

  • Smart_animesh on February 25, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Bangladesh... lol... at first win against Pakistan... paper Tigers... lol...

  • on February 25, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    They can do it if they play well anything can happen in the game of cricket

  • Thyagu5432 on February 25, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    No matter what India would be upset. Losses to SA and NZ will in no way be offset by a win against BD even if the victory margin is 400 runs. Reputation gone is gone and they can get it back only if they beat the biggies in their own backyard.

  • on February 25, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    BD is a world class team....they can beat to win the any team ....they are the favourites to win the asia cup....

  • Helscream on February 25, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    I feel like, its more important to put a fight then wining and make yourself worthy of been watched and I have no doubt that BD have gained that respect after 15 years of their test cricket journey. (don't take me wrong wining is also very important and good for stats).

  • rajuramki on February 25, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    India has been losing matches in the recent past , when the games were played on wickets meant for pacers,where the spinners were not effective . But on the subcontinent wickets,it is not that easy to beat India because they live and breathe on such wickets. With or without Dhoni , India is still a force to reckon with in the subcontinent ,which will soon be felt by the other participants.

  • marlboro19 on February 25, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Well. it will indeed be an upset. Based on 3/24~ 12% win percentage against Ind, a win is statistically unexpected, so it would amount to an upset if it does happen. He is just ,say, not too smart to realize that.

  • baji003 on February 25, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Its virat's eleven ., Dhoni's formation.,

    Shikhar Dhawan Rohit Sharma Virat Kohli (c) Cheteshwar Pujara Dinesh Karthik (wk) Ajinkya Rahane Stuart Binny Ravindra Jadeja Ravichandran Ashwin Bhuvneshwar Kumar Mohammed Shami

  • on February 25, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    in their dream

  • on February 25, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    There is no way in hell or in heaven BD can beat this indian team,this indian team even at its low can beat BD single-handedly without loosing a sweat.Indians king of sub continent. Winner of Asia Cup 2014 - Indiaaaaaa..

  • luvmyindia on February 25, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    There is no way in hell or in heaven BD can beat this indian team,this indian team even at its low can beat BD single-handedly without loosing a sweat.Indians king of sub continent. Winner of Asia Cup 2014 - Indiaaaaaa...

  • ThyrSaadam on February 25, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    This is not even worth a post, but well perhaps a 3-21 w/l record means nothing.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 25, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    I am sure now our Indo-Pak neighbour will go crazy about that one sentence haha. Donno why everyone forgot that we are also playing without Razzaq. He has been a consistent performer for us for a long and also he has done well in every single of our victory against India. Tamim usually score against India and Shakib will be a big miss to so we are gonna go out without of our main players. It will be tough for us to beat India and most probably we wont either but players should always look to win and thats what Mash been saying here. Hope the complaining of our neighbours wont be too much lol

  • on February 25, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    India should have send any state Ranji team for the match against BD & only then the dreams of Mortaza would have been a reality.

  • on February 25, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    yes we know that, the main point is that although BD beaten good teams in past but still they are in learning phase .... they should prove them to be like a consistent team ... beating a team once in 5 or 10 years is not a much case here, it's cricket any one can won but best is one who performs always and provides best of the best in many cases not once or twice a decade ....

  • bravetigersmustwin on February 25, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    yeah no upset. Bangladesh would do it once in a blue moon and claim themselves as champions. For more than 15 years they are have never been consistent even in their home. They lost their home series pathetically to Srilanka. But i agree they would beat any one of the big team PAK or SL or IND.

  • pull_shot on February 25, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    In last 10 years BD has won 3 matches and author didn't mention no of games played but what all this fuss about?

  • 30-30-150 on February 25, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Bangladesh are better off without Tamim. I say this because Tamim is a highly inconsistent player who can't be relied on. Shakib will be badly missed though. But I don't see how Bangladesh can beat India with/without Shakib. All the best to both teams. Looking forward to a competitive match.

  • Kazi_Rajib on February 25, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    This is very much possible if Bangladesh can play their normal cricket! Go Tigers go!!

  • on February 25, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    good luck for both team and may bangladesh put a brave fight against india and give us good result getting our confidence back.

  • on February 25, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    for this odi 1) shamsur 2) imrul 3) mominul 4) rohim 5) naeem 6) nasir 7) gazi 8) mashrafe/ziaur 9) razzak 10) al-amin 11) rubel, with out shakib this is the best

  • Helscream on February 25, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Yes, if you consider the way Indians are playing their cricket now a days :D

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  • Helscream on February 25, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Yes, if you consider the way Indians are playing their cricket now a days :D

  • on February 25, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    for this odi 1) shamsur 2) imrul 3) mominul 4) rohim 5) naeem 6) nasir 7) gazi 8) mashrafe/ziaur 9) razzak 10) al-amin 11) rubel, with out shakib this is the best

  • on February 25, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    good luck for both team and may bangladesh put a brave fight against india and give us good result getting our confidence back.

  • Kazi_Rajib on February 25, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    This is very much possible if Bangladesh can play their normal cricket! Go Tigers go!!

  • 30-30-150 on February 25, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Bangladesh are better off without Tamim. I say this because Tamim is a highly inconsistent player who can't be relied on. Shakib will be badly missed though. But I don't see how Bangladesh can beat India with/without Shakib. All the best to both teams. Looking forward to a competitive match.

  • pull_shot on February 25, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    In last 10 years BD has won 3 matches and author didn't mention no of games played but what all this fuss about?

  • bravetigersmustwin on February 25, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    yeah no upset. Bangladesh would do it once in a blue moon and claim themselves as champions. For more than 15 years they are have never been consistent even in their home. They lost their home series pathetically to Srilanka. But i agree they would beat any one of the big team PAK or SL or IND.

  • on February 25, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    yes we know that, the main point is that although BD beaten good teams in past but still they are in learning phase .... they should prove them to be like a consistent team ... beating a team once in 5 or 10 years is not a much case here, it's cricket any one can won but best is one who performs always and provides best of the best in many cases not once or twice a decade ....

  • on February 25, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    India should have send any state Ranji team for the match against BD & only then the dreams of Mortaza would have been a reality.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 25, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    I am sure now our Indo-Pak neighbour will go crazy about that one sentence haha. Donno why everyone forgot that we are also playing without Razzaq. He has been a consistent performer for us for a long and also he has done well in every single of our victory against India. Tamim usually score against India and Shakib will be a big miss to so we are gonna go out without of our main players. It will be tough for us to beat India and most probably we wont either but players should always look to win and thats what Mash been saying here. Hope the complaining of our neighbours wont be too much lol