India in Bangladesh 2014 May 29, 2014

'Didn't expect India to take series so lightly' - Mushfiqur

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Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, has said he didn't expect such a weakened Indian side for the upcoming three-match ODI series. The visitors announced a 15-man squad without eight of their regulars - captain MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are among those not making this trip.

Mushfiqur said he was not upset at the quality of his opposition but felt that, by playing better cricket, his side can deliver a message to the powers that be. Despite the make-up of the squad, they will not be playing for "India A" but for India, he said.

The team will be led by Suresh Raina, who was not part of India's last ODI assignment, and only four members of this squad -- Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny and Wriddhiman Saha -- will be flying to England to join the Test team.

"I didn't expect them to take this series so lightly," Mushfiqur told reporters in Mirpur. "We have a chance to give a reply on the field. There is extra motivation. They haven't invited us yet so if we do well in this series, it sends a message.

"We have defeated their best team in the past. They have a young team, and despite the standard of the IPL, international cricket is a more difficult stage. And one should not forget that if they lose, India will lose, not India A. The pressure will be on them. I know most of them, and have seen them play. Even though I haven't played against them, I have some idea. Shakib [Al Hasan] has played against all of them, so we will pick his brain. In this day and age, it is hard not to have knowledge on a player."

Mushfiqur however warned that his team will be under a little more pressure because of the heightened expectations now that India are not sending their big guns. He wants the Bangladesh players to improve on what they had done in the last few months when they had a string of losses since the Sri Lanka series in January, right up to the World T20.

"After seeing their team, I realised that there will more expectations on us. But usually there is more pressure when we play against India, even when they had Dhoni.

"Everyone wants us to beat them, so pressure was always there. We have to focus on what we are doing, since we have struggled in the last few months. If we can play to our potential, it is not impossible to beat their team," he said.

The three-match series was part of the 2012-2020 FTP, but still the BCB had to sign a Members' Participation Agreement (MPA) with BCCI last February to secure four series against India, including the one next month.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • on May 29, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    In this day and age no one goes around deliberately trying to insult someone. Mushi can think that India has insulted them but this young Indian squad can also think that Mushi is insulting them by thinking they are not good enough. The only way either team can reply is by performing on the ground. I wish Bangladesh well and hope they start to perform consistently. One or two wins here and there do not make a good team. After 1986, nobody takes Srilanka easily. Bangladesh has to stop talking and start performing. It is not impossible. Other countries have done it and it is time for Bangladesh to perform and establish themselves too.

  • on June 5, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    Being a close observer of Indian cricket, I can understand that its a depleted team, however its good enough to beat Bangladesh if not 3-0 at least 2-1.

  • on June 5, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    wait and see what will come for this team...slap or clap.....

  • on June 5, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    1.Robin Uthappa, 2.Ajinkya Rahane, 3.Cheteshwar Pujara 4.Wriddhiman Saha (wk) 5. Suresh Raina (capt.) 6.Manoj Tiwary 7.Stuart Binny 8.Akshar Patel 9.Mohit Sharma 10.Umesh Yadav 11.Amit Mishra

  • Ginnwill on June 5, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Very interesting. Looking forward for this series. Let Bangla not take it as defame rather as a challenge and prove themselves against young Indian Team. I'm sure both teams are strategizing their gameplay. Exciting !

  • on June 4, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    this was certainly not expected from bcci...now this is the opportunity for the tigers.....time to smash the indians

  • PandemoniumBawa on June 3, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Mushfiqur is forgetting something.. A regular Indian team will play for pride to not lose n might not give a 100% percent.. But these youngsters will play to prove their selection.. They will be hungry.. Better not underestimate them..

  • amitdashore on June 3, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    India can afford to send a 'A-team' to BD which looks as strong as the ace team, but BD team itself is a 'B-team'. their regulars cant win, let alone if they actually have any reserve team!

  • on June 3, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Even India Z team can defeat Bangladesh in any series. So Mushi better be mature and concentrate on your and team skills. Bangladesh team has always become a ladder to the Teams who have to win their crucial matches. Bet you Afghan will beat you in coming years and seize your current rankings and positions. So, don't make fun of yourself.

  • Lahori_Munde on June 2, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    India's squad selected for BD tour seems to be stronger then their original squad

  • on May 29, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    In this day and age no one goes around deliberately trying to insult someone. Mushi can think that India has insulted them but this young Indian squad can also think that Mushi is insulting them by thinking they are not good enough. The only way either team can reply is by performing on the ground. I wish Bangladesh well and hope they start to perform consistently. One or two wins here and there do not make a good team. After 1986, nobody takes Srilanka easily. Bangladesh has to stop talking and start performing. It is not impossible. Other countries have done it and it is time for Bangladesh to perform and establish themselves too.

  • on June 5, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    Being a close observer of Indian cricket, I can understand that its a depleted team, however its good enough to beat Bangladesh if not 3-0 at least 2-1.

  • on June 5, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    wait and see what will come for this team...slap or clap.....

  • on June 5, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    1.Robin Uthappa, 2.Ajinkya Rahane, 3.Cheteshwar Pujara 4.Wriddhiman Saha (wk) 5. Suresh Raina (capt.) 6.Manoj Tiwary 7.Stuart Binny 8.Akshar Patel 9.Mohit Sharma 10.Umesh Yadav 11.Amit Mishra

  • Ginnwill on June 5, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Very interesting. Looking forward for this series. Let Bangla not take it as defame rather as a challenge and prove themselves against young Indian Team. I'm sure both teams are strategizing their gameplay. Exciting !

  • on June 4, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    this was certainly not expected from bcci...now this is the opportunity for the tigers.....time to smash the indians

  • PandemoniumBawa on June 3, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Mushfiqur is forgetting something.. A regular Indian team will play for pride to not lose n might not give a 100% percent.. But these youngsters will play to prove their selection.. They will be hungry.. Better not underestimate them..

  • amitdashore on June 3, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    India can afford to send a 'A-team' to BD which looks as strong as the ace team, but BD team itself is a 'B-team'. their regulars cant win, let alone if they actually have any reserve team!

  • on June 3, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Even India Z team can defeat Bangladesh in any series. So Mushi better be mature and concentrate on your and team skills. Bangladesh team has always become a ladder to the Teams who have to win their crucial matches. Bet you Afghan will beat you in coming years and seize your current rankings and positions. So, don't make fun of yourself.

  • Lahori_Munde on June 2, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    India's squad selected for BD tour seems to be stronger then their original squad

  • Sir_Ivor on June 2, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    This Indian side is a good one actually. The series will be well fought as Mushfiq will see. He must also realise that the Indian team is due to go to England in a month and some of the overworked players needed the break. If I am not mistaken,the Bangladesh tour itself was arranged impromptu. So let us see how the teams perform.

  • welllifewisher on June 2, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Dear Indian Supporters, Remind your last ODI series'...lost to SouthAfrica, Pakistan, NewZealand.....only 1/2 win in last 10 ODI matches......I thing this team India is better team than the actual one......

  • on June 2, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Its more hard to beat this india team. They will play to prove themself.

  • on June 2, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    its great to see all new young guns of India, ready to blast ,,,, a country full of talent,,, where cricket is not a game , its life , dream to live,,,,, worthy WORLD CHAMS

  • on June 1, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    @aneesh DS it doesn't matter who won the match, the important thing is, he played an absolutely brilliant knock, an there is no such thing as an "easy hundred",

  • on June 1, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    I was asking the question, why no Sanju Samson. Why did the selectors select Wridhiman Saha for the Bangladesh tour. I got the answer today. Even Sunil Narine was smacked all over the park. What a knock man..............Saha.

  • DaisonGarvasis on June 1, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Somebody tell Mushfiqar its not necessary to make controversial statements in every press conference. He made a few statements about his own team mates halfway through a dismal show in Asia cup. Talks too much in the press box - nothing changes in the playing field - they continue to lose. If this team selection by India was too bad a quality to play against Bangladesh, they should whitewash this sereis and then talk. Then they can tell BCCI to select full strength team for Bangladesh team or face thumping defeat. He just spoke way too early. What will be face he is going to put up after a poor series defeat against his "weak India side"???

  • nikhil_24 on May 31, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Considering the performances of young Indian players in Domestic Seasons and IPL (which has set high international standards), it will be very tough for Bangladesh to beat India. Moreover, Bangladesh performance in the past has been very unsatisfactory in the past. Since 1986 Bangladesh has played 96 series and won 16 of them with most of the wins coming against Zimbabwe. Its time for Rahim to work on its own skills and his team rather than commenting on other teams squad strength as India has proved itself at different formats.

  • TheRisingTeam on May 31, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Bangladesh should win this 2:1 providing they have learnt from their mistakes earlier in the year. I just don't think this depleted Indian side who apart from Raina hardly have serious International experience that can thump a Bangladesh side consisting of Tamim, Shakib, Rahim, Razzak etc all whom have over 500 ODIs between them. Only way India can win this is by chasing due to Bangladesh's ordinary bowling. No way Bangladesh batsman will struggle against such a weak Indian attack. Rahim himself scored a 117 against the likes of Shami, Kumar, Ashwin, Jadeja etc but I agree Rahim needs to do less talking and concentrate on working on his game instead.

  • on May 31, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Higher wining rate does't mean you always gone win .

  • Vilander on May 31, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    IPL MVP is based on base price, someone like Yuvraj or KP or Gayle who get paid lots will have to perform much more than normal guys to be mvp. Just saying, dont look too much into IPL, indian players or otherwise it a domestic competition. BD vs Ind will be a good series, BD fans need not be this angry.

  • on May 31, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Mushfiqur Rahim: "One should not forget that if they lose, India will lose, not India A". If Bangladesh loses, what will happen. They cannot even beat an Indian A team

  • on May 31, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee. Yes Rahim scored a hundred in the last match. But who won that match buddy A easy hundred. It was not a easy hundred mate. Easy hundred was scored by Virat Kohli. go and see the scorecard buddy

  • Warm_Coffee on May 31, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Didn't Rahim last time score an easy century against India consisting of Shami, B.Kumar, Ashwin, Jadeja etc? :) looking at 200 scores from him against this new squad coming up :) @Aneesh...mate Shakib is the 6th most valuable player in IPL right now despite playing 3 less matches than everybody else. He's even ahead of Narine. So it kind of makes sense how he will do against India coming up. Good luck!

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    ha i would like to see a match between ban and each ipl teams.

  • missionbegins2011 on May 31, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Looking at yesterday's knock of Suresh Raina (87 of 25 balls !!!!!!!!), BAN must be getting the hang of what they are up against. LOL !!!!

  • on May 31, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    @abcdef_12345, KKR in finals not because of Shakib. Its because of Robin Uthappa and Sunil Narine.

  • on May 31, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    good selection...our boys may be thinking that bcci have taken them lightly.. that they selected for bdesh tour instead of england... infact i came to know that we have bdesh tour web raina was made captain..:)

  • on May 31, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    I can only say, a day will come when Bangladesh will send a young team to INDIA....... would love to live till that series.......... good luck all........

  • on May 31, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    I don't want to make any comments. I believe in work not in talk and making false promises

  • British_North_America on May 31, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Aneesh DS This Chennai did not even score 160 against KKR.Raina once was out by Shakib and on another occasion survived just.

  • on May 31, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    well being an Indian i think that after every IPL the selectors must arrange some limited overs matches against teams like Bangladesh , Zim and Pakistan and select the best players from IPL in the squad. It will tell us whether the players are able to handle pressure at international level as well

  • kc69 on May 30, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    Lets see the possible outcomes Bangladesh beats this young Indian side the expectations of their fans go even higher only to realise until the next big tournament they would play next.But trust in case they lose this I can only imagine what happens next.

  • Masking_Tape on May 30, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    How are the BD fans getting carried away? From what I can tell by reading these comments are most if not all of them disagree with Rahim. They're all saying he shouldn't have said that.

  • ProdigyA on May 30, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    Mushy is all talk and no walk. Its time to walk the talk buddy. Still how long are you going to call your selves minnows and be happy with one win here and there.

  • dulabari on May 30, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi and I think it is a win win situation. It should motivate BD to win and it will give India to experiment new players. For teams like Australia, this kind of move will give the upcoming players to gain experience of South Asain conditions. It will also be easy for BD to get some more matches. England, Australia, and WI used to send weak teams to NZ, India, and Pakistan in the early days. Not only that, they used to play 4 Day Test matches against those three teams during 50s and 60s. Once England sent two teams to Australia and NZ at the same time.

  • Ammo666 on May 30, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    @black_bird: To you losing a game against a team you never played before but played just a game & lost means white wash??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA:D!

    BD lost to HK because that day HK played better than BD because BD played one of their worst game in their T20 history to lose against an associate but if this IND team now loses to BD that won't be a shame for IND'n players but it would be a shame for the selectors who sent this IND A team & if BD gets white washed by this IND team then it will be a shame for BD only...but one thing what i can see is when BD tigers are wounded & out of form after their last 3 BAD series, only that time IND now got interested to play a series against BD after this LONG time again lol... i hope you won't be again black washed to be a black bird in reality if IND fails to white wash BD lol...

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on May 30, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Since the SriLanka series mushy captaincy has cost Bd several games from the jaws of victory. Bd very much needs mushy to step out of captaincy rather than him talking too much before a series. Even though Bd got some talented batsmen such as anamul , momenul etc the truth is its balling is very weak and hence Bd can be taken lightly by any big team ( I am Bd fan btw) . As for india, this is an excellent opportunity for them to experiment some of their young promising players before wc.

  • on May 30, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Did u see Raina s 25 ball 87 and you are telling India is sending the A team. Raina & Uthappa are in the form of their life. They are enough for you

  • remnant on May 30, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Frankly the BD team and its fans are getting ahead of themselves. And for a team that can boast of a few stray wins against higher ranked teams, especially what it is now going to play against, these words and bombast as seen here on this forum, just appears too premature. With the record that it has, BD team and its fans should be circumspect and not big up their players than what their consistent records suggest. Their stray wins of 7 years ago and then 7 years prior to those 7 years ago, notwitstanding!

  • chapathishot on May 30, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Rahim is really worried because, he dont have any excuse if they are beaten by this Indian team.Mind you this team is way ahead of the team that lost to Afghanistan and Hongkong.Hopefully the matches will not be one sided as it always is.

  • Vilander on May 30, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Suresh Raina (capt.), Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Parvez Rasool, Akshar Patel, R Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Amit Mishra

    Every guy here is in top form, this is a very good Indian side it has got quality. If BD beat this then they have beaten the Indian ODI side, if they beat this side then they will be invited. Dont loose heart BD and dont serve insults. Wait for the games to begin.

  • SportsObserver on May 30, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    After serving tirelessly their respective franchises for last two months, the big guns are going to get some well deserved break from serving their country...

    The inform IPL little guns will have a chance to step into their big shoes. Well, good luck with that.... Anyone who has followed Ind-BD cricket for last few years knows that Dhoni and Kohli has been the difference between BD and Ind. Without them India is more likely to lose than win even against BD. BD captain may feel hurt but after last few months of horrible performance he also is in no position to talk big.

  • on May 30, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    india cricket team thinks they are the best. let's see what happens. hope Bangladesh cricket team slaps hard, really hard to the indian cricket team so that it sends a message to all the other teams not to underestimate any international team, especially team like Bangladesh which has pereviously won against india 3 times and won those matches convincingly. anything that goes up moves down: law of this planet. so india is now flying up, thinking them to be a superior power in cricket. it is just a matter of time when india goes down to its worst possible situation if they continue their "superior" attitude.

  • on May 30, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    No doubt , India has selected a team that does not have much international exposure . But the present Bangladesh , barring Shakib and tamim ,are not any where near international class. In all likelyhood, India will win the series 2-1.

  • asiacricket1234 on May 30, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    I am not saying that BD gonna win all the matches but there is a good chance that India will end up losing the series which i believe is good for Indian fan as it will mentally prepare them for England tour. I guess we all know how good India performs out of India. In England they will be whitewashed and if they lose in BD it will keep their expectation low I guess.

  • kartcric on May 30, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    In India vs Bangladesh odi history 25 matches have been played.Out of those,India has won 22 while Bangladesh has just won 3(2004,2007,2012).Wow,what a record for banglaeshis to boast about.

  • on May 30, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Mushfiqur's outburst simply betrays the anxiety of the Bangladeshis. Lets's not forget that the youngsters and fringe players in the Indian team will be equally, if not more determined to make a mark on the international stage. Those like Raina will be aware of our non-too-impressive performances in ODIs in recent times. And there could be no better opponent than Bangladesh in all these regards. All in all a very good, though a tad unexpected, decision from the BCCI. In conjunction with the selection of a relatively green team for England, it affords us a wonderful opportunity to check out the young talents before the World Cup next year, while also providing a much needed rest to the overworked seniors. At the same time, it could also ensure that the series stays competitive. Our own record in Bangladesh needs some improvement. And if football coaches can try out different combinations before a WC, what's wrong if the same is done in cricket? Let Bangladesh prove their worth.

  • ImonG on May 30, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    @ Kh Shakir Bin Alam : On the contrary, I think it's arrogance in part of the BD captain. You are saying, except SL no team has won an ODI series in Bd since 2010. Can you tell me which countries toured BD in that period ?? Aus, SA, Ind, Pak, ???? Only one world class team tours & you guys are beaten comprehensively. As I have said, that series win against NZ is the ONLY acheivement by BD in their 15 year history of ODI cricket. If I would have been the captain of BD, I would have waited till I win the series before making such comments. But as I said, it's over confidence from the captain of the 10th ranked team, that shows when he makes such comments even before the series starts. BD's best chance would have been to approach the series in an unassuming manner & then spring a surprise. With a verbal outburst like this, he has lost his team's element of surprise. It's high time BD & their supporters have a reality check. Respect is to be earned thorugh victories, it's not a right.

  • SportsObserver on May 30, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    India can rest the "Big" guns all they want, once they arrive in England they will not be "Big" anymore. Test result will be 5-0 for England or may be 4-1 unless England gives India pitches of their liking to make India feel at home, just like SA gave them. Indian fans can not do anything about that series but they should pray that India do not lose the BD ODI series as well. Full strength Indian team have lost 3 times to BD in last few years, ODI is their best format, after last few months of bad performance they will be hungry as hell, This same BD team performed well for over two year period, then all of a sudden all the players started to go through a bad patch at the same time. But how long can bad form of all 11 players continue. For BD this is an opportunity of a lifetime, Come back to form now or never!

  • British_North_America on May 30, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    CricketMaan You can say top 3-4 but top 7-8? What about top 15-16? Then a team can be like that:Binny, Chahal,Samson(Wk),Yuvraj(Captain),Jaheer Khan, Vinay Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem,Suyayakumar, Manvinder Bisla, Debabrat Das, Baba Aparajith, Tare, Dinesh Karthik, etc.

  • on May 30, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    @mr. Rupesh Roy: being confident is apriciable ......but being overconfident is not.....one shouldn't forget no team except Sri Lanka has won ODI SERIES against Bd in Bd land since 2010. Full strenght New Zealand got whitewashed twice and WI also lost ODI series. BD is going through bad patches these days....but it certainly doesn't mean that India beat BD so easily without their key players.

  • Warm_Coffee on May 30, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    I hope Indian fans don't run away if they badly loses this. They seem to be way to overconfident despite the fact the last 2 matches against Bangladesh they didn't find it so one-sided. No doubt Bangladesh batsman will boost their batting records so India better hope they win the tosses and chase it down.

  • gagguv1 on May 30, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Rahim should hope that it aint again foot-in-mouth situation for him. As hosts, pressure will be on BD. As saying it India A team he has brought his team under scrutiny again. If BD is able to win 3-0(highly doubtful), then his comments make sense otherwise they are just arrogant barbs of under achievers. I think a lot of people will agree when I say that instead of showing confidence, what BD players exhibit is arrogance as if they are world beaters. I wont say that take Test match status from them. It has been granted to them and they are a Test side, performing or not. A bid dose of humility will help them otherwise irresponsible comments like Tamim made "Zim bowlers are ordinary" and went on to lost the test match. When Sehwag said that he was vilified though he was being blunt and straight forward. As per him prior to BD series, India had played World no. 2 SL team and his assertion was that if No. 2 ranked team couldnt get 20 Indian wickets in a test match, how can BD do it?

  • on May 30, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    India will win by 3-0. no doubt about whether we are sending strong or less strong team. and its a perfect opportunity for the young guns to perform.

  • Baundele on May 30, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    India are actually sending their best side. Kohli, Dhoni etc. are extremely tired, which affected their IPL performances, too. On the other hand, each and every member of this team is in top form. They will have the strong desire to perform. Bangladesh team management are not doing their homework against India, and Mushy's days as the captain are numbered. He is all talking, no performance at the moment.

  • CricketMaan on May 30, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    I expect nothing less than 3-0 from Bangladesh after this jibe! Yes this is not the first team, but it still is a team of strong cricketers with very good domestic record and have earned a cap for thier country. Mr.Mushfiqur must not be dettered by that and rather just focus on his team. This series was purely organized to please BCB to support the Big 3, so it was not a planned one hence to expect the top 7-8 to play was unrealistic.

  • ImonG on May 30, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    I think Indian officials have taken the correct decision. Their big guns need to be fully fit & adequately rested before the grueling 5 match test series against the English. They have nothing to prove by winning a bilateral series aginst BD. And the players who have been sent, are really promising, guys who can break into the first 11 very soon. So they have a lot to play for. Pujara, is an established test regular, with an average better than the entire Bangladeshi batting line up. Making such comments towards these players is really uncalled for. I think Mushfiqur is getting a little over confident. It would be better if he concentrates on the performance and development of his side. Let's not forget the only performance worth any mention by the BD team, barring a win here & there, over 15 years of ODI cricket has been one, I repeat One home one day series win against NZ. There's lot to play for them as well. And unnecessary comments like this doesn't help their cause.

  • Chennai_Cricket on May 30, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    2007 t20 worldcup squad., all senior players are rested. they sent the new young team under dhoni captaincy, thats changed the indian cricket lot. Afterthat indian team dominated all teams. so young team is always best. Mushifur beware of young indian team.

  • on May 30, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Stop talking and try to beat the Indian squad. Action is better than words!!!!

  • on May 30, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    action should speak louder than words Mr Bangladesh captain. the bcci is not underestimating ur team..but trying to provide rest to some of the key players before they burn out.

  • bipulkumar on May 30, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Indian regulars can take series lightly but B'desh must be aware that the team that is travelling will not take any game lightly.

  • Baundele on May 30, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Why does this guy talks too much ahead of each series, each match? Really frustrated with the ill-performing all talking captain.

  • on May 30, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Oh...will this guy shut his mouth and start performing. In the first place, India should never tour Bangladesh after a hectic season followed by IPL. It is not an A team. Most of them have already made debut against better teams than Bangladesh. Mushfiqar cannot select team for India. Try to win this series at least.

  • Marcel_Ci on May 30, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    did he assume that young team cannot be good & they can easily beat them? Salute to BD team mentality........thank GOD that kohli is not coming...... u will have a fair chance to justify your international playing status.... with this team atleast you can put some decent contest....

  • The_Wicked_Wicket on May 30, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    The first thing that Mushfiq should be happy about is an opportunity to play against an international side. Better beginners like Ireland, Afghanistan hardly get any opportunities. BD has played around 70-80 tests (not sure of the exact#) and won 2 or 3 against Windies (a second string side then) and Zimbabwe. It's also the ICC's mistake to give them so many opportunities. Instead, ICC should initiate a league for 4 or 5 day matches for the associates and every year the team that finishes on top gets to have a series or 2 with the top 2 or 3 Ranked Test teams and ODIs can continue the way they are for these teams. Mushfiq should also understand that India has a tour of England coming up and the team has barely had a break since the SA tour. It's also an opportunity for India to check it's bench strength in time for the WC. He just needs to focus on his game and his team's preparation instead and hope they don't get a pasting - AGAIN!

  • on May 30, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    Come on Mushfiq ...!!! show team India what we are capable of.... !!we prooved in the past, beat india 3 times....2 of them was crucial... so come on...!! beat the India

  • Chennai_Cricket on May 30, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Can anyone confirm which indian channel going to telecast this Bangladesh series?

  • reza_ibazzz on May 30, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    Dear Mushfique, Be it weakest or strongest, your job should be beating them instead of commenting on their strength. Beat them first and then comment on their strength. Its very likely that Bangladesh might lost to this weak time considering our current form.

  • Magz on May 30, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    clear signs that the Bangladesh captain need a reality check..if their recent performances are anything to go by, these comments are simply laughable. this series result would settle the scores I guess.

  • balajik1968 on May 30, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Let us not get too emotional with Rahim's comments. It is all part of the mind game. Yes this is not India's 1st team but it is not a poor one by any criterion. These players have been chosen with an eye on the future and based on their domestic record, and also considering the overall workload of the Indian team.

  • Chennai_Cricket on May 30, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    Another indian going to get double hundred in upcoming bangladesh series. Robin will do this. Uthappa deserves to play world cup in australia

  • on May 30, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Absolutely no doubt , India will beat with new record.Bangladeshi players performance reached lowest level ever.

  • Ms.Cricket on May 30, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    Mushfiqur Rahim should focus on his own team. Bangladesh have been embarassing in the last six months and Rahim should work on that.

  • on May 29, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    Comments of BD Captain lack diplomacy. He should be more careful being judgmental. We expect him to walk the talk.

  • HealthyCric on May 29, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    @wapuser, @Masking_Tape are absolutely right! BD captain just gave some more boosting on those young Indian blood who want to perform their hearts out as it could be some of the players last chance too.

    BD should just play well and take on India. No one cares what team it is, if India loses, on charts India goes down.

    BD team, I warn, don't take this Indian team lightly. I wish you a good luck!

  • on May 29, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    Listen, rahane and pujara wouldn't be 'A' players, but uthappa hasn't played international cricket in 3 years, although he has been doing great lately in domestic cricket, international cricket is a different case, and there is no guarantee that he will perform well in international cricket, and V kumar, yadav, tiwary, saha, have not played international cricket for a long time, and everyone else is making is debut, mushfiq wouldn't be incorrect if he called this side an 'A' team

  • on May 29, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    what an immatured talk by BD captain. instead of talking about the opposition he has to analuse the performance of his won team, i thingk he had forget that they had lost to minnows Hongkong recently in home turf ... which shows the strength of BD side.In case BD loses 3-0 to so called "weak indian" team will he resign??? . I think he would feel happy that india is resting their seniors and BD has a chance to win a series against india. But only talks doent matters you have to perform in field. As a neutral person i feel sorry for BD that their performance is going down over the pst few years and if this goes on countries like Afganistan, Ireland, Netherlands will easily win matches over BD

  • Mannix16 on May 29, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    Its a little bit insulting when you wait a long time for a Big 4 team (Aus, Eng, SA, India) to tour Bangladesh and when they do it turns out to have none of their big players in the team. How else are Bangladesh gonna improve? Its a slap in the face by saying "we don't require our big players for this, so we'll send out our bench players". Maybe its true, and maybe it's not. The only way the Bangladeshis can answer this is by beating this team so that the next time around, India sends their full force team. If Bangladesh lose to this Indian side, all the future tours will be consisted of a 2nd class team.

  • Redbacks_Bite on May 29, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    Mush really needs to control his mouth and let the performance in the field speak for itself. This Indian team is not India A as all players are frontline players. Its just that team can have maximum 11 players and others as good of players miss out. Obviously the problem here is with Mush and not the Indian team selection..

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 29, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    Once again a premature statement given by a childish captain Mushfiq. Yes, this team doesn't have a few superstars but still, it's a team that can beat BD 3-0. I hope Mushfiq stops giving such nonsense statements before every series. The world knows the true nature of BD cricket. So please stop with all these poor choice of words Mushfiq. How about being humble and modest about your team for a change ?

  • mkaliasif on May 29, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    what on earth Mushfiqur makes a press conference like this...he is such a immature captain....It would have been apt if India is lost to BD in the 3 ODI.Also he iis very angry first of all for not selecting him in IPL by none of the Franchise and even BD players are not adored in their country like Indian Heroes, instead they seek attention by speaking out such casual comments.i am sure that current XI will give their best to reply to MR.

  • vick2025 on May 29, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Unlike the BD captain, I will comment on which side is weaker after the first few games of this series...and to me thats the only way to do it....until then...best of luck to both teams :)

  • on May 29, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    You should first win this team if you feel the team is weak. Mind you; if you loose, you will need to be more responsible to answer the media and BD fans. And me a big time follower of cricket, don't recommend that this Indian squad is weak. These young guns are really challenging and they are tough competitors.

  • on May 29, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    The truth remains India is taking it lightly. This is what Ipl has done to cricket today. Ipl is not their duty but representing India is. The Bangladeshi Captain said whatever the fact is. 2nd class teams adds pressure to the Bangladeshi side. And they will emerge well..!

  • on May 29, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    dear mushfiqur.. this so called a side has playes much more in capabilities then ur full strenght side beside shakib who is the onky one who is international standard.. tamim was for smtime bt nw he is far gone story like ashraful.. india A will win dis series hands down.. and ya rahane alone is a much better batsmen then any of urs in any given day.. so watch ur words.. 1st prove urself in international cricket then u shud tok.. just by beating wi zim u dnt tok.. we them day and night.. first prove urself them tok..

  • on May 29, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    don't underestimate Indians young guns ... first play n win then comment..!!

  • on May 29, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    I think the selection committee has made a wise decision in resting them considering the future tours program. It provides an opportunity to all youngsters to perform, especially bowlers who aspire to be around to be looked upon for the '15 WC. As far as the talk about a weakened side, all these are players who aspire to play for country sooner or later, so it is in no means weak, but just inexperienced.

  • serious-am-i on May 29, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    @Md Mahbub Alam: I can't vouch for other Indian fans but I can honestly say, I don't even remember the matches which Ind lost to BD. For the record, when did we lose twice to BD in WC ? 2007, other than that when did the other happen ? May be in a dream world ? Just winning 2 to 3 matches out of 20 or 30 matches isn't a record to boast about. BD first needs to perform before they can yell around.

    Current Indian squad isn't first string squad that doesn't mean they are weak. All (most) of these lads have international experience, some have played over 10-15 matches as well. @Rashid RM: India have had a terrible past few yrs in away tours before that India won series in Eng, WI, drew in AUS, NZ, lost 2-1 to SAF, at a time when no other team other than AUS won against SA in SA. How many tests have BD won so far against first string sides ? I'm not referring to the WI A side which u had beaten, as main players were revolting against WICB. First look @ urself before pointing at others.

  • on May 29, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Oh my goodness!!! this is the most dangerous and experienced team of India. I am shivering in fear that they may whitewash Bangladesh with this current lineup. Raina is among the top batsman of India and he alone can change the course of game. Oh my god such a great line up for INDIA!!! world's no 1 cricket playing Nation. The line up can beat even World's any team. So much experienced and skilled, I wonder..............

  • anupkeni on May 29, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Team India should never have toured Bangladesh in the monsoon season (in June) in the first place, especially with an all important England tour comprising of 5 test matches that follows. Once again it is poor planning on the part of the BCCI. England team after losing the Ashes series 0-5 to Australia last winter, would be eyeing for redemption against Team India which is winless in the last 14 overseas test matches. If the English summer remains dry, we might as well see Team India getting thrashed 0-5 by England including a couple of innings defeats with such poor planning and preparation.

  • Manu4 on May 29, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    @Salem Shaikh The Indian fans do not mean to belittle the Bangladeshi team. The Bangla team does that on its own. The irony is that when Mushy says that Indians are taking the Bangla team lightly, it only shows that he is himself taking this team lightly. But I think the problem is not that- Mushy knows that if he loses to a full strength Indian team, then there is no blame on the Bangla players- everyone expects them to lose. But when Bangla looses to this team, it would show the world why India can afford to rest 7 key players against Bangladesh. As for inviting Bangladesh to India- it is all business guys, nothing personal. No one would come to the stadium to see India play Bangladesh. It is as simple as that.

  • on May 29, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    he should concrete beating whatever Indian side arrives to BD, what if BD loose ? another disappointing tournament for BD Fans then

  • Masking_Tape on May 29, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    And you just insulted them right back saying that their side is weak. Now who's going to look bad if you lose the series? You just gave them the edge and motivation to prove you wrong and embarrass you. Why give them that boost? You have been playing professional cricket for 10 years now. You should know what to keep to yourself and what to say out loud.

  • on May 29, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Once again a very immature comment from the BD captain wonder when will he earn. Would have been much better if these comments would have been made after the series was over with BD making some impact.. Apart from this i think mushfiq should be happy that he stands some chance of beating india as a full strngth team would have meant justt another humiliation for the BD fans.

  • on May 29, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    i am not a fan of indian cricekt but i seriously believe the current squad is a very competetive one and bangladesh have to play well to beat them...amazed to see all the bd fans shouting and under estimating the indian side....beware guys, don't take this team for granted....A non test playing side, HONG KONG defeated you guys in the t20 wc at your own home, remember???...and remember your performance in the next round??? i really hope ur team performs better!

  • gvarun1975 on May 29, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    indian squad for BA tour is not as week as rahim thinks.infact they should be careful because these players are in good form in ipl and domestic cricket and can surprise other teams.So no need to worry about it

  • British_North_America on May 29, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Dhoni48 Yes, they lost but for most of them, it is either the first bouncy pitich test or it is after long time, they are playing in such track.It is disappointing but we know what subcontinent teams face in abroad.You saw what Indian national side did in NZ, SL bowled out for 67 vs England recently.They went their as preparation of WI tour, not to make huge statement.

  • British_North_America on May 29, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Venkat_Gowrishankar He called it an A team, did not call any player 'A'.With 8 members of regular 11 missing, I doubt whether we can even call it India A.No Dhoni, Kohli, Rohit is okay.But how about missing Ashwin,Jadeja,Bhuvneshwar and Shami as well.Even Dhawan will not come.Who is Rahane? Uthappa is in great form but this will neither be T20 nor be IPL nor be Indian soil.Raina is okay but even he was out of Asia Cup squad and now leader?Your full strength bowling attack conceded 280 around in the last two encounters we had, didn't they?

  • on May 29, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    Mushi's as usual candid posture. If India made the decision on the basis of BD's Asia Cup & Srilanka's tour then BCCI probably making the mistakes of their life. BCCI completely undermines BD's performance for the last 3/4 years in home. BD defeated WI quite comprehensively and whitewashed NZ very recently. Though the last two series did not go well for them but the tigers have got their much needed break. Ins-sha-allah(If Allah wills) tigers will made India repent for sending such team.

  • Dennythecricketer on May 29, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Didn't expect this from Mushy...he always made sense until today. Never ever ever under-estimate a team. Everyone member in this series will b trying prove smthg to the selector. Beware! Don't flaunt ur ego's before the series start. Ask James Faulkner, the aftermath of flaunting ego before the match. This would be very close and thrilling contest.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on May 29, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    This is not the first time Mushfiqur has come out with comments like these. I dont know on what basis Mushfiqur calls this a weakened India side. With the likes of Pujara, Uthappa ,Rahane and Raina , they will give any team a tough chance. How does Mushfiqur classify someone like a Pujara and Rahane as 'A" players.

  • on May 29, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    @henchart..hello boss..u told robin is in frm nly in ipl..tht bec u nly watch ipl games..follow domestic games thn u will get hw players in form..robin played consistly in ranji, vijay hazare n continued his fine form in ipl.. do u thnk guys who selectd to ind tour now all are performers in domestic or national matchs..guys like m vijay, dhwan, rahane jadeja , rohit, ashwin,karthik, saha getting chances ispite of their poor performace in both domestic n internatiin matchs

  • on May 29, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    It is high time that the Bangladeshi players use the results to do the talking instead of shooting their mouth off. They have tested the patience of Bangladeshi fans enough , who have stood by them for well over a decade despite the repeated disappointments. As an Indian and a cricket lover, I want a strong Bangladesh team to emerge so that matches become interesting and not lop sided.

  • crktcrzy on May 29, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Come on Bengal tigers you can do it!!! Sweep India and help them slip further in the rankings and move up yourself- Ranking system doesn't care if Dhoni and co. are playing or not, it only sees #3 beaten by #9- So go Bangladesh go!!!

  • on May 29, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    why not? have you seen ur performance lately. i am bangladeshi btw

  • Lahori_Munde on May 29, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Its going to be tough for India to beat the almighty powerful Bangladesh team..

  • on May 29, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    I really like Mushfiqur Rahim for speaking his mind which comes as breath of fresh air. He also comes across as a positive individual. I do not agree with his views though. Our Team is by no means a weak Team. I feel he is underestimating this young Indian side who will have a thing or two to prove and will come hard at this Bangladesh side.

  • on May 29, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    This is probably the Tiger's best chance to win a series against India and they should pounce on it. Lately Indian batting has been almost totally dependent on Kohli. With that threat missing, lets play hard and win. Mushy is right when he says that officially its not India-A but the All-India side. A win is a win is a win. We desperately need some victories and hopefully they will come our way soon. Go Tigers!

  • on May 29, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    He is just increasing the pressure of the BD players by making such comments. Definitely he is not going to play with a weak team but obviously not to the equal team with Dhoni and Virat. Better he should focus on planning and preparing for the series and try to beat India rather than such comments like the Aus captain.....

  • on May 29, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    At present India is more concerned about the tour of England than of Bangladesh. But they have given the opportunity to the youngsters to perform at the international level against a weaker side. And these guys have proven their talent in the domestic arena as well as in the IPL. With the big guns missing from the tour will help to see the strength of the bench or 2nd sting players. And as Raina has some experience of captaincy in the past he will do justice to the responsibility he has been given to perform. Now its a real challenge for our team to perform and make a good impression in front of the selectors for considering them in future for more tougher series. None the less a series is a series and as a true Indian team fan i would like that India wins this series by 3-0 margin to prove the international fraternity that whether strong or weak we are the best in all respects. I wish my team all the very best for tour. Go boys get the cup for us...

  • on May 29, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    @Dhoni48...read read again my comments. If you dont understand my comments then read hundred times.

    remember always Indian team smashed by SA, AUS, NZ, ENG on their fields. so they need to use their A team with India when Indian on their field. is it ok Mr. @Dhoni48?

    so avoid this type of talk. Only think about Cricket and the Beauty of Cricket. If you people always show your ego, it will bad for cricket.

    You indian fans dont talk about any country but only BD team why? BCZ india out of world cup two times by losing their match with BD team.

  • on May 29, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    it is not good for bd....they don't expect that from india

  • Warm_Coffee on May 29, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    @Dhoni48: Do you need reminding what happened to India A when they played West Indies A not so long ago? you had players like Sharma, Pujara, Dhawan etc still lost to them. Purpose of A games is to learn and gain experience. Doesn't prove anything. I already admitted Indian team are far superior to us so need to complain. Do you really think our Tamim, Shakib, Rahim, Mortaza with more than a 100 ODIs each will struggle against this Indian squad you selected? time to wake up man and smell 3-0. Our Shakib alone is manhandling your players in IPL and currently the the 6th most valuble player in IPL and would've been number 1 had he played all the games and batted at his number 3 position. Like I said, even Indian E team should easily beat Bangladesh so no excuses if you do lose 3-0. Good luck!

  • on May 29, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    there is a upcoming series for india@ england... wc thy wil b getn white wash... indian nly knw to gv excuses... thy hv nt won a proper sreies outside their country... thy cn nly perfrm well in the fields.. nt in othr ovrsea countties... bt wt so evr.. bst of luck for team india... R.I.P

  • asiacricket1234 on May 29, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    It is hard being BD Captain is not it. If he shows respect to the other team people call him coward and says he has no courage to lead the team and if he says he wanna win people says he has big mouth. whatever he says our neighbours will go crazy about it lol. Anyway Good Luck Mushi. I agree what he said "If we beat team we will still beat India not India A team". Good Luck hope you guys do well this time

  • on May 29, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    India is a country with over a billion people and judging by their love of cricket, maybe a billion and a half cricketers. (Even the unborn in India must be dreaming of playing in the IPL or the National Side). The difference between players is often marginal and so any Indian side is close to the country's very best. Mushy should look forward to winning the series and not worry about the quality of the side. The Tigers should take advantage of what is on offer and improve their record. A series win against India will boost confidence and that is something that seems lacking in the BD team.

  • kartcric on May 29, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    @abcdef_12345@warm coffee.First look at your bangladesh A's perfomance against sagicor high perfomance squad.They lost yesterday by 351 runs.Bang A had 7 test players

  • BigINDFan on May 29, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Mushy is not angry or insulted but he is trying to play mind games to put this new Indian team under pressure. He knows these guys performed well in IPL but have not played together as a team, so putting pressure was expected. But on the flip side if this Indian team beats BD then Mushy will get too mushy and has to face the wrath of the BD fans. Hence he carefully added those in his statements saying there is pressure on BD as well.

    Honestly I do not see a point of this article or Mushy's statements. BD has a series against India so move on and focus on giving your best. I am excited that players like Uthappa are getting exposure since it will help India understand their potential players for WC2015.

  • on May 29, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    for this much years, I have been watching cricket and following different teams and captains..... but they rarely comment such... any team doesn't takes any opposition lightly instead they respect them... so mr mushfiqur dont take any opposition lightly....

  • Rahulbose on May 29, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Towards the end his real issue got leaked out. He is really just worried that his team might end up losing to this Indian team as well. Bangladesh are yet to find their Ranatunga's, Jayasuria's and Muralitharan's to take on the big boys.

  • serious-am-i on May 29, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    @Salem Shaikh: No one's asking u to buckle up. But making such statements after faring poorly themselves is surely an disgrace. Mush has been talking with no actions for ages. He's not the kind of guy who u would want as a captain, who would get emotional & what not when the team fails to perform. It doesn't matter whether its A team or B team, its another team touring BD, all u have to focus is on winning not trying on with the verbals. BD haven't yet reached to stage to start verbal spats with major nations. Actions speak louder than words, the day BD realizes it, you will see a change in the game & attitude. @M_Rakibul_Islam: In Zim series, India played 4 matches won 2, lost 2. Won matches against SL, Zim, then again lost against those 2 & fell short by NRR to qualify for the finals. India have a busy schedule starting from England tour, so seniors need rest, we can't afford to have injuries prior to the England tour after miserable failing in the previous Eng tour.

  • on May 29, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    ha ha you all have to remind that what types of team we are I mean Bangladesh? so,we try our best to perform well in the field and prove ourselves

  • on May 29, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    India or any other top ranking country should sign a pact that they will send their A teams or their domestic champions to tour bottom 4 ranking countries.

  • on May 29, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    I feel for Mushi, emotional and loud guy. Did you forget Sakib denied talking single to hit six as winning run against Nepal. What was that ? Soon after pathetic performance they came up with crowd put them in pressure. Grow up. Players should be thankful to such crowd. It is an officially team India playing against team Bangladesh. So prove your words. I can see another press conference in near future saying I resign as team as I wasn't able to inspire my team to beat weakest Indian side. As these youngsters are hungry for years. Through it might be India took series lightly to manage team for England but Bangladesh can't take this inexperienced Indian team lightly.

  • on May 29, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    mr mushiqur and you take this Indian team lightly at your own peril!

  • nahidimran_ on May 29, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Good luck to your best team for upcoming white wash against England . keep calm.

  • Praxis on May 29, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Oh boy, there's now going to be a lot of comments about this. Mushy was never known to make politically correct & media-trained remarks in interviews. Also us readers should take this with a pinch of salt maybe.

    Whatever it is, I'll reserve my opinion till this series ends.

  • on May 29, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    mr mushiqur dont talk much as u wont be able to beat even this indian side. A team is made of 11 players and with ur side only 2 or 3 are performers so better look into ur side and then think about indian side this indian team has the potential to defeat u. U guys cant perform in ur own den also huge defeat by a minnow nation in world T20 and patjetic asia cup performance so better shut the mouth and perform.

  • Warm_Coffee on May 29, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Obviously India is a far far better team than Bangladesh overall across all forms but seriously do Bangladesh batsman even fear the strongest Indian bowling attack? we saw the last 2 matches between the 2 sides and how our batsman can smack an Indian 145 kph bowler like its nothing just ask Varun Aarun :) India better hope they win the toss otherwise a clean-sweep is reckoning by Bangladesh. To be honest though with all that people and money, even Indian E team should be good enough to beat Bangladesh :) Good luck! ;)

  • British_North_America on May 29, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Syamantak Basu It is okay if it does not matter to you.Even a clean sweep by Bangladesh will not matter to you as well.However, not sure whether you would feel good to hear the sentence "India lost " like Mushfiq said.In ODI, we are a very strong side.Remember in the last Asia Cup, we played without Shakib and still Kohli was the only difference.

  • MichealT on May 29, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    I think this Indian side is strong enough to beat Bangladesh easily though there is a risk with the experiance.

  • Vik_Storm on May 29, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    We do agree that Mushy's a proud man and a proud leader.Bangladesh is always a tough team to play against whether Dhoni or Virat are there in the team or not.But there is no point of getting emotional.Instead they should start preparing for the series.This kind of statement is rather offensive.This is in no way a weaker Indian side.With Robin in such a great form , experience of Raina , Rahane and Pujara and some budding cricketers performing above average in the ongoing IPL,it is surely gonna be a tough fight.We would rather prefer to see the Bangladesh Team performing on the field and not off field.All the best.

  • on May 29, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Not even a regular Indian player well atleast gives bangladesh a chance to win a series against top 3 country.

  • xylo on May 29, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    From an India fan's perspective, I am happy that India is taking this hastily arranged series lightly, and taking the England test series more seriously, given the terrible showing in England last time. I can understand a Bangladesh fan's anger at this though.

  • kartcric on May 29, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Bangladesh first try to beat afghanistan and hongkong and then you can dream of beat ing india

  • henchart on May 29, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    This series is just an opportunity for some of those who cant break into first 15 for India's tour of England. Bangladesh can and would paint their towns red if (and there is a big if) they beat India in this series.Indian selectors have used their heads and not picked up the likes of Robin U for England on the strength of IPL show,which is always misleading.IPL standards are not international and few knocks in them should not be construed as ticket to return to team India.

  • Arjit.Verma on May 29, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Its no surprise that India is THE BUSIEST side in World Cricket today and resting some of its key players makes a lot of sense.It could prove to be a very useful platform for a lot of young players itching to make an impression on the international stage.Historically, a bilateral series against Bangladesh has always seen some of our premier players making way for the younger lot. If "Match practice" were to be a reason for critics who are against "resting of regular players" then they need to know that most of them have had enough exposure during the month long IPL and wickets in B'desh are gonna be no different. India are to play some serious cricket this year, therefore its imperative for the likes of MS, Kohli, Rohit, Ashwin, Jadeja, Dhawan etc to take rest and start fresh against England in England. #BleedBlue !

  • on May 29, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    haha! first beat Afghanistan mushfiq bhai! in fact Mumbai or Karnataka ranji teams are enough to win series against you now! so feel proud that the selectors have included players like pujara and rahane instead of allowing them to adjust to eng! Ind should have replaced them with Samson and manan vohra

  • on May 29, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Only time will tell what happens. But surely, this was a pure insult.... and no one should be treated like this.

  • KINGH11 on May 29, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    After what happened to BD in Asia cup. BD have to prove themselves which is not easy even with India A Team. The Problem with BD is they think of them as VERY HIGH and keep challenging and losing.... Just keep quite and Practice and Practice. GIVE RESPECT AND SAY. " INDIA IS A CHALLENGE NO MATTER A TEAM OR B TEAM" Instead they said. " ITS A WEAK TEAM" common on bd dont say like that.

    Its India Wish if they send IPL Team or Boys from Street. Take care of yourself BD

    proof them so much that in middle they have to send there big guns to safe.

  • on May 29, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    talk..talk..talk...all talks...just show something on the field and everyone will appreciate

  • Amit_4_Sachin on May 29, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Bangladeshis have a high opnion of themselves. This team should open their eyes.

  • on May 29, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    India have no reason to take any series lightly, since (apart from money) they are a second-rate outfit.

  • on May 29, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    you are right mushi... India always thinking we are can't fight with them realise them on field we also can whit wash any country

  • D-Coach on May 29, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Mushifur is correct in emotional way. In general it's a kind of insult. But he could have waited till the series end.

    On selection Karun, chalal and santheep sharma should have selected. Somethingis missing in the middle order. All the best Team India.

  • on May 29, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    If robin uttappa fire all over bangldesh

  • on May 29, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    @CanadaCan - India won their first match after 20 years. Yes, but they played only 25 matches in that period. Compare that to the numbers Bangladesh has played in 15 years (and also other ODIs and T20s). It was much difficult to improve then, than it is now, due to lack of opportunity. Also India weren't losing that many matches, as Bangladesh does. Before winning their first match in 1952, India drew 12 Test matches and lost 12 matches. Thats a pretty good record for a new team. There is no excuse for Bangladesh for their bad performance. By now, they should have been consistent at home at least.

  • kartcric on May 29, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    @Md mahbub.India got 8 olympic hockey gold medals in the past which is the most by any team.Yeah we are not as good as we were but still we are world no 8 whereas bangladesh is not even in top 20.I dont think bang has got even 1 medal

  • mfislam on May 29, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Fine if U think they are India A team, prove it by defeating them. I still believe Bd will be whitewashed against this A team

  • TestOfTime on May 29, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Guys, lets just calm down shall we and first look at it from Mushy's point of view? He is the captain of an international cricket team and is a very proud man (like all Bangladeshis are).For him and his team to play any country's B team is slightly insulting/demeaning. Even though Banglas have been performing pathetically on the international arena they still deserve the opposition's respect and in this case that hasn't been accorded. On the other hand, his team is still expected to beat India. Because otherwise the humiliation will be greater. But what makes it harder is that this Indian team is full of hopefuls and discards in terrific form. So most have international experience, determined very talented and Mushy knows that even this team can beat Bangladesh on their day. From an Indian point of view, for the first time this series has context. a lot of Indians will be watching this and it may get more eyeballs than the regular Indian team playing Bangladesh.

  • mfislam on May 29, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Fine if U think they are India A team, prove it by defeating them. I still believe Bd will be whitewashed against this A team

  • on May 29, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    I am not sure what Mushi wanted to mean is totally depicted on the article. He is a meek guy and knows how to respect a Cricket Nation. We all are waiting to have a spectacular series where each party will value the cricket moral.

  • ali_ebadot on May 29, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Well, I think Musfiq has rightly pointed out the feelings of BD. Remember, after a long interval and quite an indifferent attitude towards BD, India, however, lastly decided to play only a 3 matches ODI(not a full fledged test +ODI+t20 series) against BD sending a team keeping most of the regulars set aside.From the Indian point of view, this team may be good enough to beat BD; but isn't it a swallow or big brotherly attitude towards a test paying nation? l

  • CanadaCan on May 29, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    Hi barryrichardsfan, India did much worse after its entry into international cricket in 1930s. It won its first test match only in the 1950s. In comparison, Bangladesh did much better in the last 15 years, though occasionally.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on May 29, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    You whinge and complain when India does not tour. Then you whinge and complain whey they do. Man, no winning with these guys. How does it matter Mush? You are playing against India for BD. So, go play. Stop with this nonscence.

  • asiacricket1234 on May 29, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    I donno why we have to think about who is in the Indian team. Our performance since the beginning of this year is awful and we have failed badly in all form so Mushi should be working hard to get out of this phase. India is not sending their full strength team but the players who are coming are quiet strong too as all of them have a good domestic record so it wont be easy for our bowlers to get those wickets. Anyway we should be happy that we are less challenged than before so we should make the most of it. As for Indian fan who are pointing out how bad we are and how great they are they should remember that this really bad team of ours beat their great team so shouldn't they be more ashamed. BD getting beaten by India is not a big deal because India is the World Champion but India beaten by us well thats a shame is not it

  • on May 29, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Salem Shaikh nobody expects nothing from Mush.In the past too he has spoken a lot with less action if India is sending a weak team its his best chance to prove it beat them square washout 3-0 then substantiate his talks.Big talks help when there is action but Rahim does not so he is best served to make his actions speak than words

  • on May 29, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Mushfiqur's talking too much bcoz our team's having all potential to beat not only b'desh... After 3 to 5 years this team'll be the best except Manoj Tiwary but Karun Nair, Yuzvendra Chahal, Surya Kumar Yadav needs to be chosen those fellows have a lot of talent and thanks to IPL to identify a lot of young talents coming up to the stage and proving their talents and who knows everything can happen in a matter of days... Plz MR.Mushi don't be over confident that Shakib's performing well in IPL... Plz try to play with the bat and dont play with the mouth... Don't under estimate the power of a common man... Hala India...

  • Yousufahmed1 on May 29, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    @ Salem Shaikh WRONG. Everyone knows Bangladesh is a dangerous side and can win against anybody on their day. But in the recent past under Mushi's captaincy they have declined. But rather than improving the performances of Bangladesh, Mushi always prefers to talk big. Being a captain of a team he should learn to put his ego aside and say what is right. Rather than looking at this as an insult he could have seen this as an opportunity to maybe whitewash India and earn some rating points. Get back to form for the future series. its a win win for everyone. These newcomers will get chance to play and IND will get to know who are good at this level.

    On the other hand its india's choice to select any team they want. Dhoni was rested from the all important Asia cup as well so he could be fit for the Wt20, and we all know if he would have been there then we would have won it coz the matches that we lost were due to keeping errors and batting failure of Kartik.

  • barryrichardsfan on May 29, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Utthapa Rahane Raina Jadhav Rayudu Saha Akshar Vinay Mishra Mohit Umesh. These 11 gentlemen will be good enough for the B'deshis. 15 years into international cricket, BD need to do better than just being big-on-talks-small-in-action approach. Mushfiq please learn something from MSD, he never talks, he delivers, says thank you very much, goes home, end of story.

  • on May 29, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Dear Mushfiq,try to concentrate on teams performance not the squad of team India.

    some of you here always try to belittle BD team. Yes we are not a good team, our performances not well. but we need time to improve. to make someone lower will make you lower one day remember. Look at Hockey team of India. They were world champion before but now whats their performance.

  • mithun2880 on May 29, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    No idea what Mushfiqur Rahim wants to prove with the big statements . India has a big season head and want to rest the regular players, also a country like India where there is a huge pool of cricketers was not difficult for the selector to select an optional team. No it is open challenge for Bangladesh to win the series.

  • on May 29, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    This is thrash talking to try and upset some debuting Indian players. Don't forget that a lot of Indian players in this squad have played International cricket at some stage and are therefore not awed by the opportunity! As for the debutants, they will be keen to make a point of their own to try and make it to the future India side! R. Uthappa is in the form of his life, S. Raina is fresh off a good run in world T20 and IPL, A. Raydu is a solid player who enjoyed good success against Zimbabwe on his debut series! Amit Mishra can on his day run through any batting line up in the world! The pacers picked are experienced at the international arena too! Good luck B'desh! Lets see how you fair against India-A :P

  • on May 29, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Amazing how the indian fans are all over the bangali captain on his comments. Seriously guys, What do you expect the opposition captain to say? Lets consider a few that I guess you'd find acceptable:

    1)We are minnows/underdogs going into this tournament. We expect to be thrashed but we will give our 100%

    2)India has 11 IPL stars as opposed to us only having one. Please lower your expectations.

    3)No one wants us to beat India because they're all full of rockstars who we adore. But we are forced to give our 100% to try and salvage a win this series.

    4)We will save all the talk for after the series, because obviously people talk only after a series is over. If forced, We'll simply announce our squad and be done with all the pre-series talk.

    5)We should lower our expectations of a win because the better indian players are sitting out. The fact that Uthappa is playing should have us resign all hopes of any win. Because lets all be honest here: cricket is a one man sport.

    Right guys?

  • on May 29, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Mushfiqur can reserve the talks for post the series yes in the past BD has beaten top sides this indian side has a mix of youth and experience would appreciate Mush if he had beaten this team with a whitewash and spoken.World T 20 was played in BD and home team could not win games so better adviced to look at own performances than comment on Indian team

  • thedreamer on May 29, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Man, not long ago in the World T20, he had said - "here to give other teams a hard time". And we all know what happened thereafter. BD board should seriously consider giving their players some training on handling media. Too much of harsh words in the interview. Actually, the Indian team now being selected will get extra motivated with these words, not that they required any to beat them

  • on May 29, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    He talks too much but delivers too little. It has always been like this with him. So, nobody takes him seriously. Except Shakib, Bangladesh do not have a player of international standards.

  • kartcric on May 29, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    Bangldeshi fans,do you guys still have confidence in your team even after losing to afghanistan,hongkong.Dont think your team will repay the faith as this team is too strong.If these indian players were bangladeshis they will be in the starting eleven each time.These are players trying to break into the indian side having a captain who is a regular in the limited overs setup

  • drpramit on May 29, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    This Indian team has few test players, so its not much weaker. Most of the players were warming bench & were in hunt so an opportunity for everyone to score here.

  • Justice_for_all on May 29, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Though there is reason behind Mushfiqur upset, but its not so easy for Bangladesh to beat my playing eleven. 1. Uthappa 2. Rahane 3. Pujara 4. Raina 5. Rayudu 6. Saha 7. Rasool 8. Mishra 9. Vinay Kumar 10. Umesh 11. Mohit

    If Bangladesh play well they can win one out of three matches. When you consider the size of the country and number of quality players, India can easily have at least 3 full teams better than best Bangladesh team.

  • on May 29, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Not a wise choice of words from Bangladesh Captain. India has given chances to younger lads to get a glimpse of what international exposure is like and Bangladesh seems to be a good place for debut as its subcontinent and players are fresh from IPL. An opposition team should instead focus on beating India (India A) considerably than talking about weakness. If that is a point you want to insist, then no country would wanna play with BD. Please raise your standards and avoid getting thwarted by India A.

  • imtiazjaleel on May 29, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Bangladesh has not fulfilled the expectations of the world cricket. No team is afraid of them and that is why they are beaten easily. They have to consistently perform to bring that fear factor in opposition teams.

  • on May 29, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Mushi talk big,do nothing . what has he done. india will humiliate bangladesh very badly in front of their homecrowd.They are underestimating the talent of pujara,rahane,Raina,kedar jadhav,uthappa who had destroyed the top opposition bowler in international cricket as well as in ipl like dale steyn ,morne morkel, malinga very badly. And how can bowlers like rubel hussian ,fared reza can disturb indian batsman. Very funny …

  • on May 29, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    @Mushfiqur Rahim u start thinking of how your team can win. and then talk about the indian team. As of know india or india A is pretty much same for us.

  • on May 29, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    rahim should concentrate on his and team's performance rather than thinking about the opposition Bangladesh will lose this series very badly. best of luck India.

  • on May 29, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Mr. Mushfiqur, please beware, the young ones selected in the squad are hardly pushovers. Your first challenge would be to get it across Robin Utthappa, whom i believe would surely open for India in the world cup, form permitting. Then you would have to deal with two willy spinners in Parvez rasool and Amit Mishra. Also please do not think lightly of Akshar Patel. This young kid has enough guile in his spin and is no muck with the bat. The team consists of players who are eager to push for a long haul in the Indian side and if anything, they will be more hungrier than the seasoned campaigners like Ashwin, Jadeja, Dhawan, Kohli and Dhoni. So its Advantage India and not advantage Bangladesh and you would be wise to see it that way and not be complacent. On the other hand please think of the situation if this team of novices white wash you. That would be the most embarrassing situation for you. Please contemplate resigning if this happens. Your truly... an Indian fan who knows his players!

  • kartcric on May 29, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    @M_Rakibul.Did you see sagicor hpc vs bangladesh A scorecard.Bangldesh A had mominul,kayes,shamsur,naeem,nasir,robiul,taskin and still lost by 351 runs.India will thrash bang

  • on May 29, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Save this talk for the end of this series, M Rahim. The kind of cricket Bangladesh have played in recent months you shouldn't be taking even this squad lightly.

  • GOM1963 on May 29, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Mushfiq, old chap, we love you and all that, but seriously, an Indian C side can wallop the present Bangladesh team

  • DaisonGarvasis on May 29, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    "Everyone want us to beat them" - oh yeah? Is he trying to build a new rivalry??? Guess what that is a no match.

  • AltafPatel on May 29, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    India can not take BD lightly, particularly on their on pitches. Record tells the same fact. Recently SL hardly won the ODI, T20 series by margin of less than 10 runs.

  • CricketChat on May 29, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Yes, beating India on the field would be the best answer BD can give now to show they should not be taken lightly. Hope Mushfiqur can back up his words with actions. As for India, they did the best by sending in an experimental side some of whom might figure in 2015 WC. So, this series is a testing ground to show whether they belong at highest level or not.

  • NightSky99 on May 29, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket team should answer this insult by defeating this third string Indian side in a convincing manner.

  • DaisonGarvasis on May 29, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Mushfiquar should mind his own business of trying to put up a team that can compete against whatever team Inda sends across. He and his team has a long way to go to stand up and deliver these statements. Agreed he is the Captian of his side but let him win against this "weak" India side and then make such statements. I cant understand why he would burden himself and his team by stating this. Now if Bangladesh wins they only beat India "A" Team, but if they lost "they are not good enough for India A Team". Sometimes some things better left "not spoken about". He just dug a hole for himself.

  • ooper_cut on May 29, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Sign of things to come from the Big 3, Mushfir. Only second string teams will be sent to Bangladesh, Zimbabwe etc.

  • on May 29, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    mushfiqur you talk too much. i am bangladeshi and for your pathetic performance and team what else do you expect. perform first and then talk.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on May 29, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    I was really astonished to see BCCI is sending an India A team in disguise! No doubt BD's per4mances since January were worst since 2009. But Ind shouldn't forget what happened to them in Zimbabwe Tri-series. They picked young squad & lost to Zim in both matches. That Zim team was the worst one since gaining the Test status. That Zim team lost to BD twice by 4-1 margin in home & away just few months before that Tri-series. I won't b surprised to see Ind losing the series against this out-of-form BD. BCCI should've considered the per4mance of BD at home in 2009-13 period when they picked the squad.

  • kartcric on May 29, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Westindies high perfomance squad defeated bangladesh a which contained mostly international players by 351 runs only yesterday.This shows the plight of bang cricket.

  • Ooops on May 29, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    One should not forget that if they lose, India will lose, not India A... And if Bangladesh loses then they will lose to................

  • on May 29, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    India A can easily beat this bangladesh national team, We didn't want to humiliate bangladesh that's why we are sending an India team..Mushfiqur doing the same mistake that he did in asia cup 2014 and WT20 2014, Brutally beaten in front of home crowds.. Taking your opposition lightly, Why does he think that It's a weak indian side.. He should do what he's meant to do, play on the field and win for your country not run your mouth unnecessarily.. We have made your swallow the pill in the past, we will make you swallow it again... We will beat you again and make your fans cry..

  • on May 29, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Surprising that Mujibur is underestimating this newlook squad. Rahane, Uthappa, Raina, Pujara, Umesh Yadav, and Amit Mishra are hardly India 'A' material. Infact these guys would be more motivated than the Rohit Sharmas, Dhawans, and Kohlis who looked jaded in the IPL. This will be a series that the Indians won't take lightly, especially for the likes of Uthappa, Raina and Pujara who would want to prove a point or two.

  • Roleplay on May 29, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    @Kannan absolutely spot on.Even Clarke or smith wont talk like this.But that is how Bangladesh is ; off the field or on the field their players and esp captain tries very hard to be a joke around the world.First he said about revenge against afghanistan and then lost to hong kong.LOL.He keeps talking about his talent which is just to have a big heave at the cow corner though any tailender can manage that.What i really wonder about is his ego.He doesn't possess any talent neither he has captaincy skills or man management skills since he keeps blaming his players in the media or any good at press conferences.LOL.

  • StarHawk on May 29, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Mushfiqur has a tendency to talk down the opposition. His team has performed pathetically in the Asia Cup and the t20 WC because of his big talk. He should just concentrate on his team's performance rather than worrying about the opposition. Even though it's a young squad, the Indian team is a very good one. These are all players that will/has represented India at some time.

  • NP_NY on May 29, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    After BD's terrible showing in the Asia cup and the T20 World cup, what does Mushfiqur expect?! The last time India played a test series in England, India lost 4-0 because India had to field a B team there with 8 regular team members injured. So India cannot risk sending a full strength squad to BD because any injuries will hamper the test and ODI series in England. Besides this team will make for a more even contest with BD.

  • on May 29, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Half of the people in India weren't even aware that India have a tour to Bangladesh. And all we care right now is the England tour, Bangladesh series doesn't ever matter.

  • on May 29, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Good luck bangladesh...even this second string Indian team will be handful for you guys..so better pull up your socks :D

  • on May 29, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    I have been a regular observer of BD cricket since 1994 & witnessed the journey of this new test playing nation. I think, Mushi should take this opportunity seriously to increase their rating points & also to upgrade their ODI ranking. It is true last six months BD is not performing up to the fan's expectation; however, cricket is a religion in Bangladesh & they have many thousands players waiting in different categories to get them enlisted in future Bangladesh cricket team. Whether, its a genuine left arm fast bowling, right arm swing bowler, leg spinner, aggressive stroke making batsman............all r in the row. Now, the only concentration should be to win these series with big margin & of course it's very much likely to happen. all they need to do is, hold their nerve & believe in wining. Best of luck Mushi.

  • on May 29, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Be thankful they are sending a team. Other than Shakib none of the Bangladesh players would make it to any major Indian ranking teams ...that is the reality

  • on May 29, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Even Michael Clarke won't talk like this. Mushfiqur has to see the development of his own first rather than worrying about others.

  • Uday1409 on May 29, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Completely agreed...They have given tough fight in the past.. I will not be surprised if they take the series too given that they have clean sweep-ed NZ team in the past on their own backyard

  • on May 29, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    As world cup is nearing by, Defending champions need to test most of the available players. This might be the reason, why most of the senior players were given rest

  • on May 29, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    As world cup is nearing by, Defending champions need to test most of the available players. This might be the reason, why most of the senior players were given rest

  • Uday1409 on May 29, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Completely agreed...They have given tough fight in the past.. I will not be surprised if they take the series too given that they have clean sweep-ed NZ team in the past on their own backyard

  • on May 29, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Even Michael Clarke won't talk like this. Mushfiqur has to see the development of his own first rather than worrying about others.

  • on May 29, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Be thankful they are sending a team. Other than Shakib none of the Bangladesh players would make it to any major Indian ranking teams ...that is the reality

  • on May 29, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    I have been a regular observer of BD cricket since 1994 & witnessed the journey of this new test playing nation. I think, Mushi should take this opportunity seriously to increase their rating points & also to upgrade their ODI ranking. It is true last six months BD is not performing up to the fan's expectation; however, cricket is a religion in Bangladesh & they have many thousands players waiting in different categories to get them enlisted in future Bangladesh cricket team. Whether, its a genuine left arm fast bowling, right arm swing bowler, leg spinner, aggressive stroke making batsman............all r in the row. Now, the only concentration should be to win these series with big margin & of course it's very much likely to happen. all they need to do is, hold their nerve & believe in wining. Best of luck Mushi.

  • on May 29, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Good luck bangladesh...even this second string Indian team will be handful for you guys..so better pull up your socks :D

  • on May 29, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Half of the people in India weren't even aware that India have a tour to Bangladesh. And all we care right now is the England tour, Bangladesh series doesn't ever matter.

  • NP_NY on May 29, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    After BD's terrible showing in the Asia cup and the T20 World cup, what does Mushfiqur expect?! The last time India played a test series in England, India lost 4-0 because India had to field a B team there with 8 regular team members injured. So India cannot risk sending a full strength squad to BD because any injuries will hamper the test and ODI series in England. Besides this team will make for a more even contest with BD.

  • StarHawk on May 29, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Mushfiqur has a tendency to talk down the opposition. His team has performed pathetically in the Asia Cup and the t20 WC because of his big talk. He should just concentrate on his team's performance rather than worrying about the opposition. Even though it's a young squad, the Indian team is a very good one. These are all players that will/has represented India at some time.

  • Roleplay on May 29, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    @Kannan absolutely spot on.Even Clarke or smith wont talk like this.But that is how Bangladesh is ; off the field or on the field their players and esp captain tries very hard to be a joke around the world.First he said about revenge against afghanistan and then lost to hong kong.LOL.He keeps talking about his talent which is just to have a big heave at the cow corner though any tailender can manage that.What i really wonder about is his ego.He doesn't possess any talent neither he has captaincy skills or man management skills since he keeps blaming his players in the media or any good at press conferences.LOL.