14 March 2007
Indian captain Rahul Dravid is well aware about the potential challenge from their group mate Bangladesh against whom India would be opening its cricket World Cup campaign at Trinidad and Tobago.
"We respect Bangladesh. We saw what they did against New Zealand. We've got to be at our best to escape any upset," Dravid said at a press conference on Tuesday after a training session at the Sir Frank Worrell Ground in the University of West Indies.
Bangladesh completed a triumphant World Cup warm-up campaign and is confident ahead of World Cup cricket in the Caribbean. After gaining an unlikely victory over the rampant Kiwis, the Tigers are highly satisfied with their overall preparation.
Dravid also recalled the defeat against Bangladesh in December 2004. After defeating World Champions Australia in the Nat West Trophy in June 2005 in England, Bangladesh also defeated Sri Lanka in February 2006.
Dravid is expecting professional performances from his team mates to overcome Bangladesh challenge. "I would like to approach India's World Cup opener as the final itself," he added.
Bangladesh-India group B tie on March 17 at the Queens Park Oval has attracted huge interests from the spectators and is already sold out.
- Report from Internet sources by Khondaker Mirazur Rahman