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Can't afford to play a single ball loosely: Anustup

8th January 2021
Newly appointed Bengal captain for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament Anustup Majumder expressed confidence on his men and made it clear that to win the silverware Bengal can't afford to play bad cricket for even one ball during the tournament.
"Every group is tough, there's no loose group here. On paper there are two tough teams in our group- Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu. Having said that it's T20 cricket and you shouldn't weigh your opponent on paper, anyone can perform and change the scenario. We have to stay focused and can't afford to play loose cricket for even one ball; only then we can qualify," Anustup said while talking about the opponents and Bengal's mindset.
Bengal is placed with Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam and Hyderabad in Group B and will begin their Mushtaq Ali campaign against Odisha on January 10 here in Kolkata.
The new Bengal skipper who was in superb form with the willow last season, showed his caliber in the Bengal T20 Challenge too by becoming the highest run getter of the meet claimed that captaincy adds no extra pressure on him: "I am really honoured that CAB has selected me for this role. I don't see it as an achievement but as a responsibility that I want to abide by sincerely. When Bengal will win the throphy that will be an achievement. I love to take challenges and this a new challenge for me. With the team we have, I hope we will do well in the tournament."
While talking about the team he said: "We have good team. We a 20-man squad because of Covid but we have strong squad crafted woth good players. All are in good shape, we have had good practice sessions, playesld practice matches where all the players performed well in their respective departments. All the players are fit."
Bengal has 20 players and two stand byes for the tournament.

Arindam Basu