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Bangladesh v West Indies, World Cup 2011, Group B, Mirpur

Razzak 'ready' for Gayle challenge

Sidharth Monga in Mirpur

March 2, 2011

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Bangladesh's Abdur Razzak tosses the ball during practice, Sher-e-Bangla, Dhaka, February 18, 2011
Abdur Razzak has been called on to bowl within the first few overs on several occasions in his ODI career © AFP
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Abdur Razzak has promised to not take a backward step when he comes up against Chris Gayle in Bangladesh's crucial game against West Indies on Friday, a game that could determine both teams' chances of making it to the knockout stages of the tournament. "It is difficult for a left-arm spinner to bowl to a left-hander," Razzak said. "But I can't sit and keep thinking about it. I have to move forward and irrespective of who is batting, whether it's Gayle or someone else, a good ball is good for all batsmen.

"I am absolutely ready to take on Gayle. There is no way you can take a step backwards or you could get pushed over. It does not help if you go on to the back foot."

Although not a star in the Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan mould, Razzak has been a constant in Bangladesh's success over the years. Twice in this World Cup, he has been called upon to bowl inside the first five overs, and on both occasions he has had some impact. That being the state of affairs, Razzak v Gayle promises to be a key contest.

Razzak's plan against Gayle? "No particular plan. The plan is always the same: maintaining a proper line and length, and using pace variation. I have tried to do well in both matches, but it has not worked yet. Hopefully I will come good against West Indies. Actually you cannot take wickets by force. But I will stick to my job and hopefully the wickets will come. There is no extra pressure."

Razzak is hoping he will get a track that will provide him more turn than the pitches in the first two games. "Hopefully we will get some turn on this pitch," Razzak said. "We did not get enough in the first two matches. This one looks like it is going to turn, but then you can't say for sure before you actually play on it."

Razzak sought to not take added pressure of this being a virtual play-off for quarter-finals. Especially considering this is the game that coach Jamie Siddons had pencilled as their third expected victory, to go with Ireland and Netherlands. "Actually every game in the World Cup is big, and it is not that we are just thinking of Ireland and Holland or for that matter West Indies. We are looking forward to all the matches."

One of those expected wins came the hard way, when Bangladesh had to put all their resources together to come back from behind and beat Ireland last Friday. Such wins can stir teams onto larger things, Razzak said. "A win like the way it came against Ireland makes a lot of difference to the team's morale. It was a pretty tight game. The first six overs were excellent, but then we lost our way in batting. But we came back strongly with the ball and it was very good for the team. Everyone contributed."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Comments: 41 
Posted by   on (March 4, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

West Indies is a pretty balanced team. Bangladesh needs to put an all-round performance to win this match.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2011, 5:14 GMT)

go tigers! c'mon razzak show them your best! hoping for a really good challenge from you!

Posted by Legalisation1 on (March 3, 2011, 23:59 GMT)

West Indies have a point to prove after the defeat in the series, which featured a third sting team, with virtually none of the players on this side. They should make short work of Bangladesh, if not they will win for sure.....

Posted by RuhulChowdhury on (March 3, 2011, 23:11 GMT)

Time to step forward for the Tigers and show the world what we are capable of..come on Bangladesh

Posted by Tanveer.bd on (March 3, 2011, 20:12 GMT)

Razzak is doing great than any other indiyan spinners at the moment with great variation and accuracy. He is mentally strong and takes up the challenge in the early power plays. But im not sure how much he can do against left hander Chris Gayle. Pitch will play an important role again. Lets see.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 19:25 GMT)

Go Bangladesh go....It's ur best chance to beat west indies. Don#t take any pressure and play with confidence...

Posted by peacekid12 on (March 3, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

come on people be realistic the West Indise is not in any way a walk over so lets see tomorrow as you all seem to think Gayle is west indise no he is just a part of the team so they could target he all they want as Barath will do the damage tomorrow

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 19:13 GMT)

it is pretty laughable that the discussion is a contest between Gayle and Razzak... The way I figure it out, statistics will show that this is no match specially for Gayle who is known to be good at handling spin. However, I would be glad to be proven otherwise... :-)

Posted by   on (March 3, 2011, 16:09 GMT)

Inshallah We will Win Against WI Tomorrow .....:) Go Bangladesh Go we are always beside you.......:)

Posted by timothy20082001 on (March 3, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

i dont think BD is good enought for the WI.BD have good batting not bowling,look at what India did to there bowling.If Gayle and Pollard explodes it will be trouble for BD.

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