Bangladesh v India, 1st ODI, Mirpur June 14, 2014

Mushfiqur demands better body language from team

Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, wants his team to display better body language on the field in the three ODIs against India, as the side looks to break a seven-match losing streak. Mushfiqur said that once the side was physically positive, it would translate to better results.

"We lost seven one-dayers this year and in terms of body language, we were a bit different," Mushfiqur said. "I want that authority in the field. Hopefully we can forget the defeats and start fresh tomorrow. If we can start well tomorrow and finish, the pressure will be on them.

"We have learned that in ODIs, you have to play good cricket for 100 overs. You can't win by just playing well for two hours. We had a few classes [by a life success coach] that helped us as well. The new coaching staff has come so we have worked hard."

Bangladesh have had their opposition in trouble a few times this year, but have failed to grab the advantage. They had Sri Lanka at 67 for 8 in an ODI, before dropped catches helped the batting side put up 180, and Bangladesh batted with less intensity in the slog overs during the ODI series. During the Asia Cup, they let Virat Kohli run away with the game after setting India a target of 280. They conceded a massive advantage against Afghanistan, after having reduced them to 90 for 5, and then chased poorly. Against Pakistan, they did not attack too much with the ball or in the field despite scoring 326, and against Sri Lanka in the final group game, Bangladesh once again let the game slip after having the opposition at 75 for 5.

Mushfiqur said the losing streak, and not a weakened opposition, would work as extra motivation for Bangladesh. He had earlier voiced disappointment at India's squad, which does not include eight regulars including MS Dhoni and Kohli, but stated it was the right opportunity to send a message across to the powers that be.

"We didn't win any ODIs in 2014 so that could be an extra motivation," he said. "This is another chance for us. If we play very well, we might even win all the three games, so this is a different challenge.

"This is a young Indian side but they are a strong unit. All the good IPL players have come but it will not be very easy for them. T20 and ODIs are different. It will be a challenging series.

After the string of losses in ODIs and during the World T20 at home, Bangladesh players were predictably low in confidence. Some of them found form in domestic first-class cricket while someone like Shakib Al Hasan was in the thick of things in the IPL.

The team has also trained in Mirpur for the last three weeks, and Mushfiqur felt they would have to translate that hard training on the field.

"It is important for us to return to play as we have done as a group in the last two years," he said. "Maybe we haven't done that in 2014. We need to show that we can play that sort of cricket again. We have been working hard during training, now we have to bring that display on the field."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • M_Rakibul_Islam on June 14, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    And fans demand better captaincy from him. lol.

  • joseyesu on June 14, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    rahane, uthappa, pujara, raina, tiwary, binny, saha,rasool, vinay, mishra, umesh would be my pick.

  • joseyesu on June 14, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Be alert on Team A. They are the ones longing for some opportunity to showcase. Oher than much international ODI exp, they have played lots of domestice cricket, IPL.

  • Warm_Coffee on June 14, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    The key is for Rahim to be aggressive with his captaincy. As the article rightly points out Bangladesh had Sri Lanka 67/8 and 75/5 and Afghanistan 90/5 yet lost why? because of these defensive tactics and therefore letting the game slip out of his hands. But past is past and can't change that. We have new better coaching staff and players had a good rest so time to start afresh in this Indian series and play well. Then Bangladesh can take confidence in that heading into an important bilateral series later in the Caribbean. Good luck!

  • Equal_right2play_cricket on June 14, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Please try with a different batting order like pushing Tamim@ middle order. We may collapse at any time. So please strength our batting depth. There is very little difference in between our allrounder and front line bowler. Use attacking field set-up (like test) during spin attack and try to use mominul and nasir with their spin. B careful about some fielder like Razzak, Al-amin, Gazi...

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