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Our players shouldn't be swayed by hype over India game: Mashrafe

Our players shouldnt   be swayed by hype over   India game: Mashrafe

Birmingham: Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza wants his players to stay calm amidst hype surrounding the India clash which will decide his team's fate in the World Cup.

Mashrafe played a big role in Bangladesh's only win over India in the 2007 World Cup at Port of Spain, where he was adjudged Man of the Match.

"It is very important to stay cool. Hype is such that it becomes difficult for each player to stay calm. It is important to do the things we do on the field properly. Initially nerves play a role and it's important to control nerves in the beginning. It is better to stay away from outside pressures," Mortaza said at the pre-match press conference here on Monday.

India's matches against Bangladesh of late has been filled with a lot of acrimony, crass TV commercials and print advertisements on both sides. The fans of both countries have a go at each other on social media and Mortaza wants to refrain from that. "I don't think the talk on social media will help us a lot, and we want to stay away from that. If we play well and win, it will be a big achievement."

Talk about 2007 World Cup and Mashrafe said that former skipper Habibul Bashar's guidance meant a lot. "Obviously (the victory was) a good memory. Talking about 2007, on those days Sumon bhai (Bashar's nickname) guided me a lot."

Mortaza is expecting that Mustafizur Rahaman, who has troubled India in the past, maintains his good form which has seen him get 10 wickets in the tournament.

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