NEW DELHI: Leading up to the ICC World Cup match against India, Bangladesh‘s star wicketkeeper-batter Mushfiqur Rahim disclosed that he refrains from sledging charismatic India batter Virat Kohli because it actually motivates him.
Rahim shared that he has advised the bowlers to aim to dismiss Kohli as quickly as they can and not to engage in sledging him during a game on the field.”Some batters in the world love sledging and get pumped up by that.So I never sledge him because he gets pumped up by that. I always tell my bowlers to get rid of him as early as possible,” said Rahim while talking to the official broadcaster.
“Whenever I play against him, he always tries to sledge me every time I go in to bat because he is a really competitive guy and he doesn’t want to lose any cricket match. I really love that rivalry with him and the challenge that comes with facing him and India,” Rahim added.
India have won four out of the five matches against Bangladesh in ODI World Cups, with their lone loss occurring in the 2007 edition.
Virat Kohli has accumulated 1097 runs in 19 ODI matches against Bangladesh, boasting an impressive average of 73.13.

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India, with three wins in three matches, currently lead the points table and aim to solidify their position for the knock-out stage with a victory against Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh are eager to get back on the winning track after back-to-back losses to defending champions England and 2019 finalists New Zealand.
(With IANS inputs)

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