Ahead of the second semifinal of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 between India and Bangladesh, probably the most important match of the latter’s history, Tigers captain Mashrage Bin Mortaza admitted that his team will be under immense pressure, but also added that India will be the side under more pressure. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ মাশরাফির মতে ভারতের উপরই চাপ বেশি]
“Yes, we are playing in the semi-final and it is a pressure game. But if we are under pressure then I think India are under more pressure compared to us because of their huge population and the love for the game among common public,” Mashrafe said at the pre-match press conference in Birmingham on Wednesday.
“Both teams face pressure of expectations. But at the end of the day, it’s a game of cricket, so whoever plays well, they will win. I just told the players if you take it as ‘the semi-final’, the pressure will be going very hard, but if you think it’s just another match the pressure will ease off,” he added.
However, while the mainstream media is trying to label this match as the biggest match of Bangladesh’s history, Mashrafe has different opinions regarding this, as he was still a bit confused about all the chaos surrounding the Bangladesh-India match-up.
“I have been answering that question since 2015 World Cup. Obviously, there is a big hype. Being among top-eight and in the semi-final is big thing. But I am not sure if this is the biggest match or not.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com