Kohli unfazed by limited game time for India's middle order


The team possesses some world class players who can swing games in their side's favour.

India will be playing Bangladesh in the semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy for the first time in the history of the tournament.

On the other hand, Bangladesh are no longers minnows of worldwide cricket.

Undoubtedly, India are the far superior side going into Thursday's clash, but as former Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said: "This is a great opportunity for Bangladesh to emerge from the shadows and establish itself as a serious contender for higher honours, and that is how it must and will approach the semi-final against India".

Islam tipped all-rounder Shakib to deliver in the big match. India let other sides drive themselves into a frenzy in these big matches, and themselves concentrate on maintaining little disciplines.

"When I started playing for India, I was just happy playing one game for India. We have variation. Each of our four fast bowlers give you a different taste", the Sri Lankan was quoted by Bangladesh newspaper "The Daily Star" while talking to reporters after the training session at Edgbaston on Tuesday. The one weakness is the middle and lower middle order, but the top three haven't exposed them at all in this tournament. They will be looking to beat the Bangladeshis and a loss would be inexcusable at this juncture. However, in that encounter, Dhoni had the last laugh when a few lusty blows from his bat punctured the hopes of entire Bangladesh of winning the title, reducing the locals at the stands to tears. As Bangladesh cricket team is known by the nickname "The Tigers".

In 2005, Yuvi targeted South Africa and gives his best in the match by scoring 103 runs in 122 balls.

"As India's batting line-up is solid, weak fielding can be detrimental". Group A consists of Australia, Bangladesh, hosts England and New Zealand. The decision for them is whether they want the offspin of Mehedi Hasa.

When it comes to the big occasion, like the match against India this time, South Africa's deeds fall short.

"We played in Birmingham before". Bangladesh will aim to repeat the 2007 World Cup performance in Port of Spain. Under tremendous pressure, Yuvraj Singh piloted India to a five-wicket win over the Aussies.

India bowlers' economy rate of 4.33 in the first Powerplay was the best in the league stages; Bangladesh's 5.60 was the worst. Let's see how long I can (continue to play).

"It is no surprise anymore to anyone that they are doing really well, and they have really improved their cricket, and it is a credit to their set-up and the kind of players they have now who are taking more responsibility".

England have been the only unbeaten team till now in the tournament as they topped Group A with Bangladesh being the second team in the poo to make it to the top four after beating New Zealand. I know it could have been England, it could have been anyone.