India’s team director Ravi Shastri was at his best as he answered the media personnel in a conference prior to the commencement of the 2016 T20 Asia Cup. Shastri stressed on the need to begin positively and pointed out that a winning start was a very important factor. The Indian team director also divulged details about the momentum team India carried going into the tournament and noted that the mood in the camp was great.
“We don’t want to always come from behind. Sometimes we want to start also well. So hopefully we’ll be looking to do that in this tournament,” Shastri said. “Like I said, every game from now is important before the World Cup. Yes, we are playing the Asia Cup but the momentum is good so it’s important to keep that momentum going.”
Shastri was asked about India’s disastrous run in Bangladesh in mid 2015, when the men in blue lost a bilateral ODI series to Bangladesh, and he responded in style. “That was eight months ago, I’ve already forgotten about it,” he said. “There’s been plenty of cricket since. Ask about what’s been going on in the last two months. Anything before that, I don’t have in my memory.”
Reflecting on his own memories of Bangladesh, he added, “I’ve seen cricket in Bangladesh grow, I’ve come here right through the 90s as a broadcaster. I’m happy to see the way cricket has developed and I’m happy to see the Bangladesh has evolved as a team. No team can take them lightly as they showed last year playing one-day cricket and tribute to them. So they have the respect of every opposition and India will be no different.”