Bangla progress amazing: Nehra.

Bangla progress amazing: Nehra.

Bangla progress amazing: Nehra.

Ashish Nehra downplayed fans going hyperbole on social media ahead of India’s Super 10 clash against Bangladesh while adding that the latter have made impressive progress in the last three-four years.

“I am somebody who is not on social media, and I’m still using my old Nokia (phone),” said the paceman here on Tuesday.

“So I am not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and stuff, and I don’t read newspapers.

Maybe I’m from the old school, but yeah, Bangladesh cricket is doing really well, and especially in this format. Tamim Iqbal, Mustafizur Rahman, you name any… So they have so many good cricketers coming up, and they’ve been part of the IPL and that really helps, and part of Big Bash or Caribbean Premier League… Not only for Bangladesh cricket but it’s good for world cricket as well, the way Bangladesh have been playing,” he explained.

Nehra also stressed the Bangla can’t be taken lightly. “Bangladesh has been doing good, everybody knows that. They played the Asia Cup final with us, there were other teams like Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They have beaten them, and especially in this format you can’t take any team lightly.

“The way Bangladesh have progressed in last 2-3-4 years is amazing. So we will definitely, like I said, we have to play to our potential to beat a team like Bangladesh. It’s not like you can take it easy.”

The left-arm quick said the mood in the Indian camp was good following their six-wicket win over Pakistan on Saturday. “We are very confident,” he began. “This format everybody knows, from game one, more or less every game is a knockout game. Only two teams will qualify, there is a possibility out of four games you win three, still you won’t qualify. The format is such.

“So till the time you don’t lift the trophy, every game is a knockout game, there’s not too much room for error. I mean the mood is good, the kind of cricket we have been playing in the last 2-3 months, we have seen, how many T20s we have played. So hopefully the kind of firepower we have, if we deliver, we’ll definitely win the game,” he remarked.