Shakib hopes ‘relaxed’ Bangladesh don’t carry ‘mental block’ into final

“We haven’t discussed it, so we are not thinking about it as pressure. This I think is a big realization. If you think about pressure, it is pressure. If you don’t think about pressure, it is not pressure. I am sure everyone is relaxed, and if we can be like this till tomorrow’s match, it will be good for us.

“Everyone has a different mentality. I would hope that none of our players have that mental block. It would help us to play well. If we think it is a big final against India, then it is pressure,” Shakib said on the eve of the final, on Saturday (March 17).

India, who rested some of their senior players for the tri-series, are not without challenges.

“With Rohit, the first thing that he said was that although we have a few of our other players missing, we’re looking to play exactly the sort of cricket that we’ve played in the past one year. We’re looking to win every match,” Dinesh Karthik said on Saturday in a pre-match press conference.

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