Bangladeshi fans expect their team to win every time they play India, but so far their team has tasted success only once. No wonder, the captain, Shakib al Hasan, went to great lengths to reduce his side’s chances, even to the extent of being a little under-confident.
All the talk, even from India coach Rahul Dravid, was about mutual respect.
“We want to play well in the next two games (against India and Pakistan), so if we can win one of them, it will count as an upset. We will be happy to cause that upset. Both teams, on paper, are better if we.We saw Ireland beat England and Zimbabwe beat Pakistan,” Shakib said. “India is the favorite team, they have come here to win the World Cup. We are not favourites, we did not come here to win the World Cup. If we win against India, it will be called an upset.”
‘No clear favourites’
Asked to define India-Bangladesh contests, Dravid said: “We respect them a lot. They are a very good team. This format and this World Cup has shown us that you cannot take any team lightly. Ireland have it shown against England. . It’s already such a shortened, hectic, noisy format, it’s hard to say who is a clear favourite.”