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Millions of Indians praying for our victory: Bermuda captain

Published: Sunday, March 25, 2007, 11:20 [IST]
 
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Port of Spain, Mar 25: Bermuda's total population may not be&13;enough to fill even the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata but skipper&13;Irvine Romaine is relishing the idea of being watched and supported by&13;millions of Indians.
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In a highly improbable scenario in case Bermuda wins against&13;Bangladesh then India has a chance to make it to the super eights and&13;this very thought that hopes of a mighty country of one billion people&13;rest on one of the smallest nation in the world makes Romaine happy.
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''Millions of Indians who may not have heard my country's name&13;before will be praying for our win in the last Group 'B' league match&13;against Bangaldesh in the cricket world Cup here,'' said a bemused&13;Romaine.
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&13; ''Tomorrow's a big day for us, India's banking on us to win this one.
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''Millions of Indian supporters will be backing us, it's good to&13;have this additional support,'' he told newspersons at Queen's park&13;Oval after team's work out.
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''It's been good to play our part in the World Cup. We've suffered&13;two big losses, but we're looking to finish with a win tomorrow,'' he&13;said with a chuckle.
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''I've been telling the young players to calm down their nerves,&13;the tournament's been a learning experience,'' adding ''everyone has&13;enjoyed the World Cup experience and we look to continue it tomorrow.''&13;Referring to the uncertainties of the game, he said ''Bangladesh's a&13;good and young team, but you never know ... we might catch them&13;napping.'' Romaine was thrilled that ''Bermuda fans appreciate what&13;we've achieved by qualifying for the World Cup, and was confident that&13;things will improve for Bermuda cricket after this exposure.
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''The lack of good pitches back home has meant that we've played&13;all our games away during the past year. As amateurs, we're always&13;relaxed in our approach. But this is the World Cup and Hemp, the only&13;professional player in our team, has been helping us in adopting a more&13;professional approach,'' said Romaine.
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On the other hand Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar, sounded&13;confident of winning the match. ''It's an important game for us as we&13;now have a chance of advancing to the Super 8s. ''The way we've been&13;playing, we should win this one, but it's an international match and we&13;don't take our opponents lightly.
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He admitted that ''Yesterday morning we all were very tense,&13;waiting for the outcome of the Sri Lanka-India match, but in the&13;evening we were relaxed and happy.'' ''We're bracing for one Bangladesh&13;cricket's biggest moments, I hope the pressure doesn't become too much&13;for my young players.
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&13; They're young, but talented and they've got the patience. So I expect our nerves will be okay going for this tie.
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''I want my players to stay relaxed, play their natural game and&13;enjoy it. Making the Super 8s will be a very significant moment for&13;Bangladesh cricket, there will be lots of expectations.
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Cricket's a big game back home. people back home are waiting for&13;us to enter the Super 8s. It will make them happy,''Bashar said.
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&13; ''Looking at the way Bangladesh and Bermuda have been playing, we should win tomorrow,'' he asserted.


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