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ICC World Cup, 2007


Bangladesh feeling the heat ahead of India clash

15 March 2007

Bangladesh is suddenly finding themselves at the centre point of world cup cricket 2007. After their fascinated display in the second warm up match against New Zealand, they attracted massive media attention and world cricket is eagerly waiting for their group tie against India on 17th March at Queens Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago.

Indian media is keenly following Bangladesh team and analyzing the weakness and strengths of Bangladesh team as compared to India. India, where cricket is a part of their religion and cricketers enjoy privileges over film stars, are cautiously optimistic to outshine Bangladesh.

 Bashar will lead the Tigers against India.

Bashar will lead the Tigers against India. ?Cricinfo

When the original world cup grouping was drawn in 2005, no one thought that Bangladesh can pose a threat to their sub-continental neighbours, India and Sri Lanka. Bangladesh has progressed in leaps and bounds since then.

Bangladesh cricket team always created media headlines for wrong reasons and was subject of cheap shots from different quarters about their test status. Bangladesh has earned the media limelight after a consistent performance in 2006 which was equally followed so far in 2007. Now after attracting so much media attention, Bangladesh must be under pressure to perform in their opening match against India.

Tension is running high at both camps as Indian captain Rahul Dravid urged a professional performance from team mates to deny Bangladesh from producing any upset. On the other hand Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar and coach Dav Whatmore has expressed their satisfaction over the preparation and repeatedly uttered optimism to progress to the second round. According to Bashar, the morale of the team is very high and they are in a positive frame of mind ahead of their crucial world cup tie.

Now, Bangladesh will try to live up to their recent reputation and if they can do that, world cup cricket 2007 might witness the emergence of a cricket nation under the guidance of Dav Whatmore who led the Sri Lankan renaissance in 1996 world cup.



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