The Tigers are used to living in India’s cricketing shadow and are happy to play the role of underdogs against their subcontinent neighbours while they have only managed three wins over India in 28 One Day Internationals it is enough to give the Tigers hope.
Their most famous win came at the 2007 World Cup when Bangladesh beat India by five wickets at Queen’s Park Oval at Port of Spain. It was only a pool match but the result meant India failed to make it past the first round.
For the Bangladeshi players, 2007 remains a constant source of inspiration, even if it removed the veil of surprise. “Obviously it will be in our memory,” Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan told a news conference on Tuesday.
“But it’s a new game and we all know it. India are a very good side, they have some world class players. “Obviously it’s going to be hard for us. We know that but we’re up for the challenge.”
India avenged their loss to Bangladesh at the 2011 World Cup, which they went on to win, and have been punishing them ever since. Since 2007, Bangladesh have beaten India just once, in 2012.
Shakib, currently ranked the world’s top all-rounder, said Bangladesh were adopting the same approach they had in 2007 in the hope of producing another major upset.