Saha: 'Not underestimating Bangladesh'

Resounding success against England and New Zealand notwithstanding, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha today said his team will not take Bangladesh lightly in the one-off Test beginning on February 9 in Hyderabad.

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In the last Test series, India whitewashed England 4-0 after a 3-0 victory against New Zealand but Saha said it would be about starting afresh against Bangladesh.   -  AP

Resounding success against England and New Zealand notwithstanding, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha today said his team will not take Bangladesh lightly in the one-off Test beginning on February 9 in Hyderabad.

"Ranking-wise one may think they will be easier opponents, on paper. But we cannot underestimate them before taking on to the field. It all depends on the situation on a given day. We have to approach the situation accordingly,” Saha told reporters before flying out to join the team in Hyderabad.

In the last Test series, India whitewashed England 4-0 after a 3-0 victory against New Zealand but Saha said it would be about starting afresh against Bangladesh.

“Everyone wants do well on the field. You may not do what you think. It’s about converting your thoughts into a good performance.”

Bangladesh’s first-ever Test in India will be a prelude to the Australia’s four-Test series against India beginning on February 23 in Pune.

“I don’t know when are the Aussies coming, but as of now the focus is on the Bangladesh Test. After they’re here, we will think about it,” he said.

Fresh from a career-best 203 not out in first-class cricket for Rest of India in the Irani Trophy, Saha guided Bengal to the top of East Zone in the Twenty20 league for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

“It’s difficult to be consistent in the Twenty20 format. But we have done well in all the three — bowling, batting and fielding — departments of the game. It’s an outstanding show,” he said of Bengal which won all its four East Zone league matches.

With the Test in a few days’ time, it’s time to switch style but Saha said it would not be an issue for him.

"It’s all about the mindset and the right ball to choose. Having played for so many years, it would not be an issue. Now it’s time to shift focus to Test format, it would not be a problem though. I will think after reaching there tomorrow morning. My approach remains the same,” Saha signed off.

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