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Indian Cricketers All Set to Contest against Bangladesh in Asia Cup Opener

Indian Cricketers All Set to Contest against Bangladesh in Asia Cup Opener

February 24
09:26 2016

msNew Delhi, Wednesday, February 24 – The time to watch whether India learn any lessen from the defeat at the hands of Bangladesh last year on their tour to neighboring country or not has finally come. It would be an interesting fight between two nations to watch for the reason that the host showed improvement in their cricket playing skills in a short span of time. India have been playing the sport from several decades. Experience is on the side of Men In Blue.

Despite the fact that most of the Indian cricketers did not make use of their potential on their tour to Bangladesh during summers, they are supposed to forget bitter experience of humiliating defeat and recover in first game of Asia Cup series that is to start after a few hours. Keeping in mind what an underdog team could do, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led India is likely to not make any mistake right from the beginning of the contest.

The confidence of Indian cricketers is regained thanks to a recent 2-1 win on Sri Lanka in the 3 T20 International series. Indian fans who were in sheer shock and state of surprise post seeing Dhoni-led India succumbing easily to Sri Lankan bowling attack in the T20 opener held at Maharashtra Cricket Association Cricket Stadium in Pune got extremely elated when India logged consecutive wins in the 2nd and 3rd matches that enabled them seal series as well. As a matter of fact, Sri Lanka will eye a win for sure in upcoming match in opposition to Indian camp on March 1.

Bangladesh, the rising star of cricket, have delivered more than a few outstanding performances at Shere Bangla National Stadium. The determination to show entire world that how they can force cricket lovers and experts to recognize their talent by showcasing amazing skills on the field made powerhouses to take all  matches against them seriously. Those who have nothing to lose are always able to put best foot forward than those who think of being on the winning side in mind thanks to the efforts done in the past. Unexpected results are witnessed when a contesting team forgets that each match is won owing to hard work.

Bangladesh were able to register triumph on India since a bunch of talented youngsters had the belief in their capabilities. Regardless of less experience and exposure, Bangladesh put best foot forward in the games played against India, the two-time World Cup winners. Eyes are struck on Mustafizur Rahman, who managed to grab eyeballs by taking crucial wickets in different tournaments held in the recent past. India may be in no mood to think opponents weak at all. Abu Hider, Mohammad Mithun, Nurul Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, Al-Amin Hossain and Arafat Sunny are probable to make host look robust and full of aptitude.

On the other hand, India are anticipated to mark a sound entry having Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma,Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. If attention is poured by potential of young boy Bumrah point then it can easily be noticed that he was too sharp in bowling his deliveries. Batting order fell short to his yorker on different occasions. Indian players can have it in mind that he could probably be the man whose bowling Bangladesh can’t face. No matter how strong a squad is, winning or losing the match depends on a lot of factors and one among those is the attitude.

To describe it in details, if a batsman is not able to haunt bowling lineup of the rivals by sending the ball towards the boundary area over and over again, playing without any fear, opting for attacking mode along with keeping the calm and leaving no stone unturned to run for some quick singles or twos then he is allowing the opposition to gain grip on the competition. Similar things are valid on bowlers as well. The moment they build pressure in the minds of opponent who is on the strike, half of the job is done. Great fielding could add to stress, compelling batsmen to make any mistake. Dhoni is quick in hitting the stumps after collecting the ball and knocking the bails off, setting a perfect example to explain this point.

India are one of the strongest team in the Asia Cup. The kind of exhibition Indian cricketers did against Australia and Sri Lanka in the shortest format was a mere display of their potential. It is the team which can actually make strongest rivals fall flat. But when half-hearted efforts are poured then one can’t expect much. The Tigers have advantage of playing in familiar conditions. They may get success in giving no room to other Playing XI  to feel the ease and daringly go for biggies. This might lead frustration level to go up. Raising spirits of teammates for match winning performance must be motto of Dhoni.

Support for India is expected to be tremendous in spite of the fact that crucial contest is to take place in Bangladesh against Bangladesh. Audience wants to see Dhoni leading his side by keeping the calm. His famous helicopter shots without any fear will be a key thing to watch. If he guides both young and experienced boys to be victorious in the end, it will be a dream start for India, who flew to the neighboring country with objective to lift winner’s trophy. India are probable to execute better under Dhoni’s captaincy, proving his confidence right. All preparations at the match venue have been done.

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