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Bengal ready to push the envelope in Vijay Hazare

4th February 2018
Bengal will try to ascertain their dominance when they take on Maharashtra in the first match of the Group B tie of the Vijay Hazare Trophy at Himachal tomorrow.
The Bengal team has done relatively well in the shorter format of the game over the past few seasons and narrowly missed a final berth in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. However, the team looks sold to rewrite their ascendancy in the One day format. “If we want to win we need to beat tough teams. Period. No excuses. And the team is ready to do that. We are focussed on the job at hand and are going to back each other so that as a team we flourish,” said Skipper Manoj Tiwari.
Asked about the Group that looks tricky with a liberal sprinkling of quality sides, he said: “We went back to the drawing board and have analysed where we were going wrong. We have also studied the competition keenly and have made plans as a unit and for individual players. Now all we need to do is execute it. If we implement the plans successfully then there is no reason why we would not show good result.”
He also said that having reached there early the Bengal squad had a chance to acclimatise with the conditions and had very intense and focussed practice sessions. “The players are in fine nick. They are confident. The pitch is sporting. There is enough runs in it as we saw it today at least. At the same time the bowlers will have their say if they are willing to give their best,” he added.
Asked about the team’s composition for tomorrow, he said that call will be taken in the morning after seeing the wicket and the assessing the conditions. However, Coach Sairaj Bahutule said Sudip Chatterjee will not be available for tomorrow as he is nursing a sprained ankle. Other than that the team is in fine fettle and raring to go, he added. Ishan Porel is expected to join the squad from later stages of the meet.
“We had some good sessions in Jadavpur and also here in Himachal. The team looks to be in fine form otherwise,” he said.
Led by Rahul Tripathy, Maharashtra has a good side that has some exciting players like Nikit Dumul, Ankit Bawne, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Pradeep Dhade.

Arindam Basu