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World Cup 2015: Dhoni's men will be wary of Bangladesh

Update : 2015-03-17 16:28:08
World Cup 2015: Dhoni's men will be wary of Bangladesh

Over the last 29 years, since they made their ODI debut, Bangladesh have won a creditable 88 victories; but it was their win over India in the 2007 World Cup that sent the world into a tizzy, and virtually plunged the game itself into bankruptcy.

Over the last 29 years, since they made their ODI debut, Bangladesh have won a creditable 88 victories; but it was their win over India in the 2007 World Cup that sent the world into a tizzy, and virtually plunged the game itself into bankruptcy.


Eight years later, they are poised at another such epochal moment as they prepare to take on the same opponents at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.

Only this time, India don't look so vulnerable, having won all their six matches in the league phase. So much so that the talk now is if India will play hosts Australia or Pakistan in the semifinals.

But try telling that to the Tigers.

"India are playing very good cricket. But we will only analyze our strengths compared to India's," roared Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha. "The team that enjoys (out there) will have a better game. We should embrace the opportunity presented (to us) and enjoy the situation. For us, there's nothing to prove as we are good enough and that's why we are here," he added.

Post the 2007 upset, Bangladesh beat India once again, in the 2012 Asia Cup - not exactly a flash in the pan because they chased a healthy 289; but they lost 12 in the ensuing period.

Hathurusingha, appointed Bangladesh coach last year, is quick to point out that he doesn't quite remember the past simply because he wasn't around. "It's just that you reminded me. I don't know anything about it," he tells the media. He wouldn't remember the defeats either, which is as good as it can get for Bangladesh here.

India have lost only thrice in 28 encounters so they won't see Bangladesh as dangerous.But they are aware that they can be tricky customers.

Especially as Bangladesh have been playing well, bowling better, and really look organized.

"We are good and that's why we're here," says Hathurusingha. "The key to beating an established side is this: if we play to our potential and the established side does not measure up, we beat them."

He certainly knows that if the Indian team plays to its potential it's a lost cause for them. But if they falter, they are more than ready to pounce and power their way into the semifinals.

To top it all, they've got their fans - probably the most devoted and passionate ones in sport.

The Tigers, they say in hushed tones, wear more paint on their bodies during their matches, than they spend colouring their homes during Kali Puja, Pohela Boishakh and Eid. That should count for something when the mercury rises in the stadium.

But that's not the point. They know they've beaten India in a crucial World Cup match once; they claim they've got the potential to do so once again and that should matter.

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