– skipper satisfied with team combinationBy Clifton RossBangladesh Captain Mashrafe Mortaza says his team’s reputation in limited-overs cricket is not to be taken lightly, as the visitors prepare for the first ODI against Windies on Sunday at the Providence National Stadium.Bangladesh arrived in Guyana on Friday night, looking for a new start in a new format following a nightmare 2-0 loss in the Tests. Mortaza, who has been one of the driving forces behind the Asians’ success in limited-overs cricket, said during the pre-match training session at Providence on Saturday, that the Tigers were tailor-made for this format and were banking on their track record.Bangladesh Captain Mashrafe Mortaza and West Indies Captain JasonHolder share a moment at Providence ahead of today’s ODI“I think this format suits us a lot and we have a good combination. West Indies have two good batsmen at the top, but we have to be positive and do what we can do to win like bowling in the right areas and we can get their top order out, then we can have some fun,” said the Bangladesh Captain.The all-rounder highlighted that the Windies star-studded team, which include Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Evin Lewis and others, will be a force to reckon with, but is backing his vast bowling options to deliver.As an experienced campaigner with 187 ODIs under his belt and 238 wickets to his credit, the 34-year-old said his past experience having played at Providence back in 2007, will be key for his team as they look to set a decent target, should they bat first. “I played a long time here, back in 2007, so I’m not sure what to expect, but I think around 250 or 260 can be a good score.”The skipper pointed out that the experienced pair of batters in all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan and wicket-keeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has been doing their jobs for the team and he expected the rest of the team to lend support to the two senior players, along with explosive opener Tamim Iqbal.Windies Captain Jason Holder said that he was fixed on maintaining the same form the team exhibited in the Test series. He noted that while the shift in format required some sort of transition, his team and the players were more than ready to get their 2019 World Cup campaign underway with a win in the ODI series.The two teams endured a few days of vigorous practice and net sessions as they sought to keenly transition from Test to 50-Over mode. Gayle, Russell, and Guyanese Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo and Shimron Hetmyer all had good net sessions on Saturday under the watchful eyes of Head Coach Stuart Law, Toby Radford, Corey Collymore and others.Russell returns to the ODI side since 2015, while Gayle has had mixed results over the past few months, but would still play a key role for his team throughout the limited-overs series.Bangladesh conducted their session shortly after lunch under guidance of former West Indies pacer turned Coach Courtney Walsh, who ensured his players got an adequate feel of Providence and its conditions with just hours left to the start of the ODI series.Today, the first of two ODIs at Providence bowls off from 09:30h.
Tajinderpal Singh Toor on Saturday created a new Games Record to clinch the men’s shot put gold at the Asian Games 2018.Tajinder threw the iron ball to 20.75m in his fifth attempt. It bettered a six-year old mark, set by Om Prakash Karhana (20.69m).The journey, however, to the gold medal hasn’t been an easy one for the athlete with his father battling cancer for last two years. But Tajinderpal didn’t let anything stop him in his tracks as he remained strong in pursuit of his passion and all the sacrifices made, finally paid off.Tajinder said the feat means a lot to him and his family.”This medal is my biggest achievement because a lot of sacrifices have been made. For the last two years, my father (Karam Singh) has been battling with cancer. My family though never let me get distracted. They allowed me to chase my dream. A lot of sacrifices have been made by my family and friends and all those have paid off today,” said Tajinder.Asian Games 2018: Tajinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shot put with games record”My family never pressurized to attend my father in hospital and it was always my friends who took care of all the hospital formalities in my absence. I have not gone home much in this period since I was training in Dharamsala,” the burly athlete, who trains with MS Dhillon, said.”Now I will meet my dad but I will be there for only two days. I have to get ready for the next challenge. My coach Dhillon also needs to be credited for the hard work put in by him,” he said.advertisementAsian Games 2018, Day 7: HighlightsTajinder also added that he did not think of winning gold and his target was to breach the 21m mark.”I had just one aim in mind. I wanted to clear 21 metre. I did not think of gold. But I am happy with this. I was trying hard to break the national record for the last 2-3 years and it happened today, that too with a Meet record,” Tajinder said.(With PTI inputs)