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Bengal keep faith in pacers

27th October 2017
If the pacers can have their way then Bengal will dive for 7 points against Himachal Pradesh in their first home game of the Ranji Trophy Group D this season. Bengal has 10 points from two games that included a thumping seven points against Services in Delhi.
The Bengal team practiced for almost three hours today at the Eden Gardens on a practice pitch that looked to have a green top. While the team went through the paces, Mohammad Shami, Ashoke Dinda, Mukesh Kumar and B Amit bent their backs at the net with some serious intent.
Later on Mohammad Shami said that seven points was on the mind of the Bengal think tank as that will take them really close to the knock-out stage. “We will try to get seven points from the game. But for that the whole team needs to perform well as a unit. While we will have to take 20 wickets, we also need to post a big score,” Shami said.
He also hoped that the pacers would continue to take wickets as they did in the last match. “The last match Dinda and myself dis the job. I hope the pacers continue to do the good work and see Bengal in a position of strength,” he said.
If Eden sports a green top will it be extra pressure on the bowlers, he said: “No at this level you have to take up the responsibility and be motivated enough to perform.”
Speaking about the rotation policy of the national team, he said: “It is a good move. We play almost throughout the year. So the players need break. IT helps them to rejuvenate. Besides we have two long series against South Africa and England and it will be very demanding.”
Meanwhile, coach Sairaj Bahutule said what kind of wicket will the team will get for the match will depend on the weather and think tank."
He also said that the final team will be decided some 36 hours before the match.
Asked about the trio giving services at Kalyani, he said "It will be good for them. They are young and the more they play they will hone their skills."

Arindam Basu