'Won't take Bangla lightly'

'Won't take Bangla lightly'
World No 1 India’s one-off Test against Bangladesh may appear a mismatch on paper but skipper Virat Kohli stressed that they are taking nothing for granted and are aware of the pitfalls of complacency.

“No team is invincible, no team is unbeatable,” averred Kohli at the pre-match press conference here on Wednesday. “Cricket is always an opportunity for both sides. Test matches more so because one hour of good cricket can swing the game in any team’s direction. We understand that. We’ve been able to win games because of persistence by the bowlers, application from the batsmen and coming out well from tough situation. Our goal is going to be exactly be the same that we had before we played the ODIs and T20Is (against England). We never felt invincible. We feel we can compete against any team in the world and beat any team in the world. But that doesn’t make us unbeatable. I think this team understands that pretty well.

“It’s an equal battle. You can’t discount Bangladesh batting as well. They did really well in New Zealand. Outstanding effort scoring 350 runs in one day, it was phenomenal. Scoring at 4.5 runs per over throughout the day was something special. We can’t take any aspect of their team lightly. We have to play against them like we would play any side in the world. We want to produce a complete team performance,” added the Indian skipper.

Kohli felt Bangladesh could emerge as a potent Test side if they can play more longer version cricket. “I think they have the skill, they just don’t play that many Test matches to gain confidence as a squad. They have become a very good one-day side because of the fact that they play so many one-dayers and they have their set combinations.

“If you don’t play Test cricket very often, you will never understand the mindset. That’s where it comes from. They have beaten all the sides in one-day cricket, because they know how to play the format.”
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