2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Bangladesh Camp Identifies Yuvraj Singh As the Weakest Link In Team India
Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha has revealed that Mashrafe Mortaza and his boys will target veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh for his lack of agility and sharpness.
The Bangladesh camp believes that Yuvraj is the weakest link in the side and can help them gain a leverage over India when the two teams meet in the upcoming semi-final clash on June 15th in Birmingham.
The assumption is true to some extent but not entirely correct. The effect of being on the other half of the thirties has been visible on Yuvraj but he has certainly done all the hard work to make himself a worthy member of the current Indian side that is filled with young names.
Bangladesh has been training very hard for the historic fixture. It is the first time the rising Asian team has managed to reach the last four of ICC limited overs tournament. The side, in fact, is making its first appearance in the eight-team knockout competition after a hiatus close to a decade.
The confidence is high as usual ahead of the clash. The Bangladeshi side has been vastly improving since the last two years and has now solidified their position as one of the stronger ODI units in the world by overcoming the league stages.
Coach Chandika has claimed that his side has every ability to get better of India and pocket another historic win. He feels that the “pace and aggression’ in the bowling due to the presence of the likes of Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman can break the Indian batting line-up. He also asserted that his side is currently better at fielding than their counterparts.
Things have been quite contrary to these claims. The lead bowlers have surprisingly failed in the competition. Mashrafe Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman have managed just a single wicket in three matches. Rubel Hossain, the other strike bowler, also hasn’t done anything significant in the tournament having taken only two wickets in three matches. Taskin Ahmed, on the other hand, has featured in only a single match where he picked 2/43 against New Zealand in the final group game.