IND vs BAN, World Cup 2023: Bangladesh coach Hathurasingha not ruling out injured Shakib forward of India conflict

Bangladesh will play the ready sport and take a last name on captain Shakib Al Hasan’s availability on the morning of the World Cup conflict towards India in Pune, head coach Chandika Hathurasingha mentioned on Wednesday.

The talismanic all-rounder suffered a thigh quadriceps harm through the earlier sport towards New Zealand in Chennai and underwent MRI scans.

“He had a good batting session yesterday and did a little bit of running between the wickets as well. We did a scan today and are awaiting the result. We haven’t tried bowling yet. So, we will come tomorrow morning and assess him again. We won’t risk him if he isn’t ready to play,” Hathurasingha informed reporters on the eve of Bangladesh’s fourth sport.

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The Lankan coach was cautious of the contemporary pitch on the MCA Stadium, leaning in the direction of one other feast for the batters. The Bangladesh batters have had two poor outings in succession, failing to cross the 250-run mark towards England and the Kiwis.

“This is the best batting wicket we have come across so far. Even the practice wickets were similar, really good. We haven’t put up a complete batting performance or, for that matter, a complete performance with bat and ball. But we know that we can beat big teams if we play to our potential,” he mentioned.

The Tigers have loved a 3-1 document over India in ODIs since December 2022, together with a win within the current Asia Cup, however Hathurasingha downplayed any benefits on the high-pressure stage.

“We have had success recently against India, but it’s a completely different game at the World Cup. If they slip up and we play to our potential, I think we will have a good match,” he added.

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Bangladesh’s opening pair has additionally come beneath a cropper, with seven pairs getting used since January 2023. No pair has managed a 100-plus stand for the primary wicket since Litton Das and Tamim Iqbal in May. When requested if the workforce was lacking the companies of the veteran Tamim, the top coach mentioned: “He was not ready at the time of selection. His record as a player is good. But at the same time, I don’t know if we are missing him or not, because we have players here whom we trust to do the job for us.”

While Hathurasingha admitted that the Tigers may rearrange its bowling lineup on a flat floor, he additionally conceded that the host has seemed menacing, having hit its straps early with three wins. 

“They have good strike bowlers. (Jasprit) Bumrah is back to his best. They have experienced spinners in the middle-overs, and their batting, especially the top-order is firing. It’s scary the way they are playing without fear, and it looks like they are enjoying their cricket at the moment,” he remarked.

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