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Suresh Raina praises Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma’s performances against Bagladesh

India won the series 2-0 © AFP
India won the series 2-0 © AFP

Mirpur: Jun 19, 2014

India’s captain for the tour Suresh Raina on Thursday said that the impressive performances of young players like Stuart Binny and Mohit Sharma in the ODI series win over Bangladesh augurs well for the ‘Men In Blue’ ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. A second strength India clinched the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh 2-0 after the third and final game of the rubber was abandoned on Friday because of intermittent showers.

Even though India produced yet another shoddy batting display, Raina was satisfied with the overall performance of his team. “I am very happy with the side, especially Stuart Binny, who bowled really well alongside Mohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav. We played good cricket, especially when you know World Cup is coming up, a lot of youngsters showed their character,” Raina said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Raina also had words of appreciation for young Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed, who made his debut in the series. “When we came here for the Asia Cup and Taskin used to bowl to us in the nets, so really happy to see him do well,” the Indian skipper said.

Man-of-the-series Binny, who achieved the best bowling figures by an Indian in ODIs by breaking Anil Kumble’s 21-year-old record in the low-scoring second match, thanked his skipper Raina for trusting in his abilities. “I must thank my team and Suresh (Raina) for giving me this opportunity, and I took it. Wicket wasn’t too good to bat on, but we came here as a young side and proved ourselves,” said Binny, whose bowling figures of 6 for 4 are the best for India in the history of ODIs, bettering Kumble’s 6 for 12 against West Indies in November 1993 in Kolkata.

“I wanted us to get around 140 on the board so we could compete,” he said about their performance today as India were tottering at 119 for nine in 34.2 overs when the match was called off after it was reduced to 40-over-a-side affair. Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim admitted that it was hard to derive motivation after slumping to one loss after another.

“When the win is not coming it is difficult to motivate others but there are a few positives, and we have a new coaching staff, and we will work together and look to improve. The wicket was helping but you still have to bowl in good areas, so credit goes to our pace bowlers, specially Taskin and Al Amin,” Rahim said.

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