14 March 2007
Bangladesh's first world cup captain Aminul Islam believes Bangladesh can outperform India and they must take the advantage of relatively weaker Indian bowling.
"Our batting will be the key against India. They must take advantage of a slightly weaker Indian bowling attack. If we can upset either India or Sri Lanka, we can progress to the second round," observed Aminul Islam while talking to the journalists. Aminul is currently in the Caribbean to watch Tigers in action.
Aminul was also critical about India's poor show outside the sub-continent. He added "India will be playing outside their comfort zone. Their away record is not as great as their home record."
While he was in optimistic tune, he also found some weaknesses of Bangladesh team which their sub-continent rivals might exploit.
"The team has specialist players but lacks all-rounders, an essential feature of one-day cricket and it appears more like a Test outfit," opined Aminul. "Our bowling also lacks variation as both the spinners are left-arm spinners," he added.
Aminul also feels the team lacks an experienced pinch hitter. "Bangladesh lacks someone who can score a quick-fire 30 or 40 in the end to force the scoring rate, like Lance Klusener did for South Africa in the 1999 World Cup. However we don't have one. This might prove crucial while chasing high scores."
- Report from Internet sources by Khondaker Mirazur Rahman