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Anand Vasu in Dhaka
December 27, 2004
Virender Sehwag, the Man of the Match in the deciding game of the series, admitted that the Indian team were very upset with their shock loss in the second game, and wanted to make certain there was no repeat of the fiasco. "Of course we were very upset because we lost against Bangladesh," said Sehwag. "We don't deserve to lose against Bangladesh. We came here with a very positive mindset and were ready to give them a good total if we batted first. We decided we won't give them any chance to come back in this game."
Sehwag himself has had a poor run in the three-week tour of Bangladesh, but made amends with a brisk 70. "I was a little bit upset with my performance because I didn't get runs in the last three innings against Bangladesh," he said. "I was pretty confident. I wanted to bat the first five overs easily and then may be I would get a good, big score."
Mohammad Kaif, who won the Man-of-the-Series award for his consistent performances, explained that he has been in good nick in the last few months. "I think I have been hitting the ball well, not only in Bangladesh but it started from England I guess. I got promoted and batted at No.3 and 4. I've been very lucky, I've kept my rhythm going in the nets."
Meanwhile there was plenty to be happy about in the other camp as well. "I'm happy with the progression both with individuals and with the team, since the New Zealand series," said Dav Whatmore, the Bangladesh coach. "Mashrafe Mortaza has made a strong comeback and Khaled Mahmud has found some form as well."
Buoyed by Bangladesh's strong showing against India, Whatmore and his team were eagerly looking forward to the forthcoming home series against Zimbabwe. "The series can't come quick enough," he said. "We want to play tomorrow."
When asked whether yesterday's surprise win against India had proved some of the points Whatmore had been making over the past few months, he said: "It did. I know it was not a full strength Indian team but still it was a strong opposition. This match was a great effort, it was a sort of strong effort that will win you matches even against other teams. The way we fought when we bowled and fielded made me very proud."
Anand Vasu is assistant editor of Cricinfo.
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