Mirpur: The world might
be waiting for Sachin Tendulkar's 100th international ton but Bangladesh
vice-captain Mahmudullah Riyad hoped the batsman does not reach the
landmark against his team when they take on India in the Asia Cup here
Stating that nothing could be better for Bangladeshi
fans than Mashrafe Bin Mortaza claiming the prize scalp of Tendulkar,
Riyad said, "We all know Mashrafe bhai has always given us a good start
against India and I hope it will happen again. Everybody will try their
best in the match against India but definitely the expectations will be
high for him. "India have very strong top order batting, so we have to
make sure that we get early breakthroughs as well as keep up the momentum
if we want to do anything against them.
"Sachin is a great
batsman and everybody is waiting for the rare record but as a Bangladeshi
player I will not love to see it happen against us and hope we can send
him back early." Riyad said he was expecting Bangladesh's previous
performances against the defending champions would inspire his team to do
well in tomorrow's match.
"The wicket was very good for batting in the last two games and hopefully
it will be the same in the next match, so we have to put up a good total
on the board and the encouraging thing is that we always scored handsome
totals whenever we met India. "We had a talk with Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan
spinner) regarding the pitch and what he said was that even his doosra was
not effective on this pitch," Riyad told reporters here.
admitted that Bangladeshi players panicked at the crunch moment, which
resulted in their defeat against Pakistan in the inaugural match. "We must
be patient in crunch situations and I believe we can make it a habit if we
win some close matches."
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