Mashrafe laughs off ‘revenge’ as motivation

Bangladesh

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza laughed off any ideas of 'revenge' against India after his side's big win in the first ODI on Thursday, saying there was no room for such negativity in his team.

IUt was suggested by a reporter after The Tigers' win in Mirpur that they had been seeking retribution for the defeat in the World Cup quarter-finals, where India won by 109 runs, but Mashrafe said they weren't even thinking about that.

Mashrafe said after the game: "I do not think that revenge can play any part in sports. We are all human beings. We have our families. There is no question of revenge here.

"Yes of course we play to win and lot more things can happen within a game but I do not want to consider these perversely."

The skipper went on to praise his batsmen, who had done so well in the series win against Pakistan a few weeks ago. This time, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and Shakib-al-Hasan all made half tons, the latter after a flurry of wickets.

Mashrafe added: "Everyone in the country is happy after such a win. We have been batted superbly well since the series against Pakistan. And today our opening batsmen build up the base for the team.

"Again Sabbir and Shakib turned the things in our way after we lost several wickets. I said we want to take things match by match and I am happy how the boys approached this game."

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