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India vs Bangladesh Semi-final, Champions Trophy 2017: Sachin Tendulkar Confident Virat Kohli & Boys Will Give Fans a Reason to Smile

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 15, 2017, 1:31 PM IST
India vs Bangladesh Semi-final, Champions Trophy 2017: Sachin Tendulkar Confident Virat Kohli & Boys Will Give Fans a Reason to Smile

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New Delhi: Little Master Sachin Tendulkar is confident that Virat Kohli and boys will give India fans a reason to smile at the end of the Champions Trophy in England. Speaking before the start of the semi-final clash between India and Bangladesh, Tendulkar said that the boys have played well and there is every reason to believe that they will continue the good work.

In a video posted by ICC, Tendulkar said: “Against Pakistan we played brilliantly from ball one. We were in complete control and at no stage did it look like Pakistan will trouble us. In the second game, India played well, but Sri Lanka played better and they deserve all the credit. To go out and score 320 is not easy. I am sure India will go out and give their best and there is a reason to smile.”

"The team played really well - in the last match - it was a complete performance and I really don't see a need for any change," those were the words of a confident captain who knows he has found his best combination. Virat Kohli squashed all doubts, if at all there were any, about what his playing XI will be against Bangladesh on Thursday.

India's thumping win over South Africa and Ravichandran Ashwin's performance in the match has added the missing piece in the jigsaw and Virat Kohli is eager to drive home the advantage. But the Indian captain sounded a cautious note on the eve of the semi-final, keeping in mind Bangladesh's fearless brand of cricket and meteoric rise in one-day cricket in the past two years.

"We have been in such situations before and that will definitely help us, but there are no guarantees in sports. We have seen some upsets in the group stage as well and we are not taking anything for granted.

"They - Bangladesh - are already a consistent side and nobody is surprised anymore that they are doing well. The credit goes to their set-up and the players they have who are now taking responsibility. They are a dangerous side and they have taken great strides and we are not taking them lightly," the Indian captain said about the Asian rivals.

After the shock defeat in the 2007 World Cup, India has managed to get the better of Bangladesh in ICC events since then. The Bangla Tigers though ran them close in the 2015 ICC World Cup and the 2016 WT20 and their victory over New Zealand in the group phase clearly shows they are a side ready to challenge the best, and Kohli acknowledged the reality.

"They were really impressive in the run chase against New Zealand. They showed a lot of composure during the chase and that is a sign of a team which has matured and now knows how to win matches," Kohli said while describing Bangladesh's success.

As far as preparations are concerned, the Indian team went through their drills in practice at the Colts Nets in Edgbaston under the watchful eyes of team coach Anil Kumble. The group looked in a comfortable space as all the first team players went about doing their business with thorough professionalism.

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First Published: June 15, 2017, 1:31 PM IST

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