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Tigers fearless: Hathurusingha
Sports Reporter
Published : Friday, 13 March, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 8
Around two months back before leaving the country for participating in the World Cup Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha said that it would be a better show and his boys have proved that by qualifying in the quarterfinals. And Hathurusingha said his team's philosophy of not fearing failure has been the key to achieve this.
On Thursday he said it in a pre-match press conference heeding their concluding match of Pool A against table-toppers New Zealand on Friday at Hamilton. He said, "We are not afraid to fail. That is the key phrase we spoke about throughout this World Cup; if we were paralysed by failures then we were not pushing ourselves. That approach allowed us the freedom to do things and believe me that was the key, not only for the England game but when Scotland put up 300 runs, we were still backing ourselves to do things."
Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum is in superb form and leading his team from the front with the bat. Bangladesh is planning to send back McCullum quickly to win the match. Regarding this Hathurusingha said, "It is difficult (to get McCullum) because he is also playing without fear but again we are playing to our strengths and we have plans and if we execute the plans we have, it will be key to win the game. He is their main player and we need to get him out early. We always play differently and don't stick to the same plans against different oppositions. We know we have to play at our best to beat them."
New Zealand are unbeaten till now in the tournament and Hathurusingha considering them as a big challenge for his team. He said, "New Zealand are one of the form teams in the competition, especially because they have beaten strong teams like Australia and Sri Lanka and they are playing in their own backyard and have all the bases covered. It is a huge task for us to compete against them. We know their strengths. They have got a very good bowling attack so if we get a good start that will be the key for us."
Bangladesh playing as a team against England and their confidence is boosted us as they fulfilled their primary goal.
"The confidence is high because we have qualified for the next round, that was one of the first goals that we had, the guys were really confident throughout but this gives us a little more freedom to do things," said Hathurusingha.
He also said, "I think just qualifying for the quarter-finals is a big thing. At the start we were against two host countries as well as Sri Lanka and England and it was a huge task for us to qualify but the belief was there and we were prepared to beat one of the big teams to get here."
There was a little bit rain in Hamilton that interrupted Bangladesh's practice on Thursday but Hathurusingha said his team was motivated enough and practicing hard for Friday's game.
He said, "Playing for your country and playing the World Cup is enough for them to get up early this morning. If you see how they prepared today (Thursday) and how hard they practiced, it is amazing and they never seem to get tired of training hard to be prepared for a game."

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