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Nothing is impossible in cricket, says Bangla skipper Jahanara

Monday, Mar 14, 2016,17:14 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Bengaluru | Bangladesh women’s captain Jahanara Alam today said though India is the strongest side in this ICC World T20, she believes nothing is impossible if the side plays to its potential.

India has been playing very good cricket. They beat Australia down under and then defeated Sri Lanka. So, I think in this World Cup, India is the strongest team, Jahanara told reporters on the eve of the inaugural Women’s WT20 match against the hosts at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

As a team, however, we believe – nothing is impossible. I think, definitely India is the toughest and strongest team, but we would like to play good cricket, Jahanara said.

She also said her side would like to start their campaign on a positive note by giving their best in tomorrow’s match. We would like to start our campaign on a positive note, she said.

Replying to a query on batting worries of Bangladesh, Jahanara said the team boasts of some talented batswomen, but they are making efforts to improve.

I can only say it is not that we are lacking in batting department. We are improving and my players are working on it, she said.

Jahanara hoped that if her batswomen can contribute 90 percent, the team can achieve the set targets in a match.

Replying to a query, Jahanara said all her players including Rumana, Salma Khatun and Ayasha Rahman, have the potential for achieving their goals.

I have (good players) like Rumana, Salma, Ayasha, Sharmin Akter Shupta, Fahima Khatun and Khadija Tul Kubra. – I have everything. I feel everyone has a potential, and ability to achieve their goals, she said.

The Bangladesh captain said she would like orthodox spinner Rumana Ahmed to lead the bowling attack in the spin department which is obvious playing in Indian conditions.

Yeah, Rumana did well by scalping seven wickets in two practice matches. Not only that, she has consistently been performing well for the country. I hope she continues with her good form in this world T20 series, she said.

Asked about the difference between playing a practice match against U-21 boys prior coming into India for the World Cup, Jahanara said it may have a negative impact but it does not bother the players.

We had to play a practice match against U-21 boys because we did not have anyone to play against, especially we had played our last international match against Zimbabwe in November, she said.

Yes, playing a practice match against boys will have a negative effect, but we don’t think whether it had a negative or positive bearings. Just that we had a practice and try to move forward, Jahanara said.