Indian wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik says losing to Bangladesh is still an embarrassment despite their improvement in the last few years and beating Sri Lanka back to back in the Nidahas Trophy.
On the eve of the final, Kathik said in the press conference:
“Let’s be fair to India as a cricketing nation – whether we play the second string or the first-string team it’s always the case (that a win is expected). When we play Bangladesh and we win it’s like : ‘Ok, you’ve won against Bangladesh’. But if we lose it’s like: ‘Dude, you’ve lost to Bangladesh. What are you doing?’
“I’m sure that’s going to be there. With Rohit, the first thing that he said was that although we have a few of our other players missing, we’re looking to play exactly the sort of cricket that we’ve played in the past one year.”
Karthik also had a little bit of praise for Bangladesh:
“But especially in subcontinent conditions, Bangladesh are a very good team. They are known for their tenacity. They really try hard. They are team that achieved Test status not many years ago, and from there on they have propelled in all formats of the game and done well for themselves.”
When asked if chasing will be easy:
“Chasing is not necessarily easy. I don’t know much about the wicket, but if the dew settles it’s much easier for the team that bats second. If there’s no dew then it’s going to be a great game. If the wicket is sow and it’s going to turn, it will be a challenge. The team that bowls better has a better chance to win the final.”