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

No 'upset' if Bangladesh beat India - Mashrafe


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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  • Dummy4 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

  • Ashok 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.

  • Senura 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 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.

  • ESPN 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

  • Dummy4 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..

  • Android on February 26, 2014, 7:25 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on February 26, 2014, 7:22 GMT

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

  • 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 !!!

  • Abdul 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.

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