Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha said that his team will be looking to play fearless cricket, and not be thinking about revenge when it takes on India in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy on Thursday at Edgbaston.
"India is the favourites to win the competition, but if we play to our maximum potential then we can challenge any team. Attention to details will be the key," Hathursingha added.
The coach also said that the team is confident of putting up a good show. "We are taking it as any other game. There are no special preparations and we are preparing by thinking of it as any other game." said Hathursingha, who would not want his boys to feel the extra pressure of their first ever semi-final appearance in Champions Trophy.
Further elucidating Bangladesh's unexpected journey to the semi-final, the coach said that reaching World Cup quarter-final at the expense of England was one of the turning points. "That was a real turning point, after that we wanted to do well at home which we have done. We set our targets to do well overseas, and this (Champions Trophy semifinal) is the fruit of that journey."
"We have a good skilled team and also have the right combination of youth and experience. The biggest hurdle is playing away from home. We need to play against big teams away from home. Whenever we play a few games away from home, we tend to do well" Hathurusingha said, hinting that he wants his team to play more cricket away from home.
India Bangladesh games have become a bit of a spicy affair over the past few years especially among the fans but Hathurusingha said that the past won't be on his team's mind in the semi-final clash.
"The past doesn't matter. I don't think many people even gave us a chance of reaching the semi-final. Now is our chance to show the world about how far we have come, and hopefully enjoy the game."
He also added that Bangladesh will have to play well in all departments to have any chance of beating India. "India has world class players, and we have plans for every player but the plans do not work all the time. That is the reason they are world class players."
He said that his advice to the team would be to take this as an opportunity rather than a game, "The young players have to take this opportunity with both hands." he summed up.
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