Rajput takes win not granted


Zimbabwe head coach Lalchand Rajput on Monday urged his charges to remain positive after they found themselves in a tricky position at the end of third day’s play in the first Test against Bangladesh in Sylhet.
Zimbabwe were eying their first Test win in five years after they set Bangladesh a target of 321 runs in the fourth innings.
But the hosts showed sign of improving their batting, reaching 26-0 before an early stumps for bad light.
‘We are always positive. We are here to win. I’m a very positive person and I never give up until the last,’ said Rajput, who was yet to win a game since taking over the charge of Zimbabwe team in May this year.
‘This is a situation where we have the opposition in such a position, that it’s very difficult to lose..It’s a positive situation yes, and the boys are very happy.
‘But cricket is a very funny game. It can change in just one session. We’ve got to be really focused on our bowling now, because we just have to bowl and field well.
‘If one partnership is there, we don’t have to put our shoulders down. On this type of wicket, if one wicket falls, you might get or three, so you’ve got to be positive when that happens,’ he added.
Zimbabwe had the opportunity to test Bangladesh top-order when the hosts came to bat in the second innings but bad light stopped the third day’s play with 15 overs still left to be bowled.
However, the 56-year old found it as a blessing in disguise for his charges as the play would resume 30 minutes earlier today and their seamers were in great shape to use the early moistures from the wicket.
‘It would always have been better to have more overs bowled today [Monday] and if you can take one or two wickets that would be much more positive.
‘But again, yesterday there was bad light that stopped play early. It might be a blessing in disguise the game starts early at half nine, so hopefully we can take early wickets and that will put us right back on track,’ he added.
However, Rajput advised Zimbabwe to keep their focus on the game as they still required 10 wickets of the Tigers.
‘You cannot take anything for granted until the last wicket taken or the last runs scored. We look at the positive aspects of the game, and we are very positive that we can try and get those ten wickets tomorrow [today],’ he said