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‘We need to be consistent’

New Delhi: Playing good cricket consistently for four days would be Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Co.’s main objective when Bengal play Railways in the Ranji Trophy tie, here, from Friday.

“To talk about an outright win would be too premature,” said the Bengal captain on Thursday. “As I have been saying from the beginning of the season, we should be able to play good cricket consistently. Maintaining this focus would automatically bring six points,” he added.

According to Shukla, Bengal were unfortunate as the game against Baroda was abandoned without a ball being bowled. “We got only one point (from that game). Overall, though, we are having a good season. We were able to take first innings leads in three matches.”

Coach Ashok Malhotra was happy to find the Jamia Millia University ground wicket to be a lively one.

“But we are somewhat a depleted side and that’s the problem. Manoj (Tiwary) hasn’t been there right from the start, while Wriddhiman (Saha) is also out with national duty along with (Mohammed) Shami.

“Their presence would have certainly strengthened Bengal,” he said.

Malhotra added: “For sure, we need six points from this tie. This track is a good one and can produce results. Our last match against Tamil Nadu could be a difficult one. They, too, are in a spot of bother and will, in all probability, go all out in that match.”

Interestingly, Arindam Ghosh, a former Bengal player, could be the mainstay of Railways batting against his former team.