Mashrafe: Proteas will be tougher than India


After beating India for the first time in a bilateral ODI series, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has warned his charges that the upcoming series against South Africa will be tougher.

The Tigers take on the Proteas in two T20's and three ODI's next month and Mashrafe wants his team to cool their celebrations and start thinking about the challenges that lie ahead.

Mashrafe said: "India are strong in batting, but not with the ball. I had said before the series that we would win if our bowlers could stop their batsmen and it happened so.

"But we'll have to do well in every area if we want to beat South Africa because they do not have any weaknesses.

"Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, David Miller, Rilee Rossouw – all are match winners. De Villiers alone is enough to thrash any team."

Mashrafe also said that the Tigers supporters should not go overboard with their celebrations after they won the three-match India series two-one.

The stadiums were packed too full capacity and expectations on the Bangladesh team is going to sky rocket.

Mashrafe explained: "Some people are behaving as if we have conquered the world. The reality is, even after the string of victories, we are seventh in ODI rankings.

"On the other hand, India even after losing against us continue to be in second position. This is because they have been consistently winning over the period. We can reach that place only if we win persistently."