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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has called on his team to display better body language during their upcoming three-match ODI series against India, which gets underway on June 15 in Dhaka.
Rahim also noted that the team really need to snap their seven-game losing streak.
“We lost seven one-dayers this year and in terms of body language, we were a bit different,” Rahim said. “I want that authority in the field. Hopefully we can forget the defeats and start fresh tomorrow. If we can start well tomorrow and finish, the pressure will be on them.
“We have learned that in ODIs, you have to play good cricket for 100 overs. You can’t win by just playing well for two hours. We had a few classes [by a life success coach] that helped us as well. The new coaching staff has come so we have worked hard.”
Rahim also believes that Bangladesh have a great chance of winning their first ODI in 2014 since India have sent a second-tier squad.
“We didn’t win any ODIs in 2014 so that could be an extra motivation,” he said. “This is another chance for us. If we play very well, we might even win all the three games, so this is a different challenge.
“This is a young Indian side but they are a strong unit. All the good IPL players have come but it will not be very easy for them. T20 and ODIs are different. It will be a challenging series.”
Rahim added that Bangladesh have been training hard over the last three weeks, which makes them even more likely to win their first ODI of the year.
“It is important for us to return to play as we have done as a group in the last two years,” he said. “Maybe we haven’t done that in 2014. We need to show that we can play that sort of cricket again. We have been working hard during training, now we have to bring that display on the field.”