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Shukla: We can’t be complacent

Calcutta: Bengal have won two out of two in the ongoing East Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. But on neither occasion were they convincing as a batting unit.

So captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla was a worried man on the eve of Bengal’s match with Tripura.

“We haven’t batted well at all in the last couple of matches… What’s disappointing is that the batsmen are not being able to deliver despite there being no dearth of talent and skill.

“We need to ensure that we convert the starts into big ones, which hasn’t happened so far. Besides, the senior pros in the team should be aware of the role they’re supposed to play and bat with a greater amount of responsibility,” Shukla said.

Under the circumstances, Shukla couldn’t be blamed if he thinks that complacency could be Bengal’s biggest threat against Tripura, who are already out of the tournament after three straight losses.

“Things are highly uncertain in the shorter format… Also, you just cannot afford to undermine any team at this level.

“We’ll be under severe pressure if we become complacent… So complacency is definitely a factor we need to guard ourselves against,” the all-rounder reminded.

On the other hand, Tripura captain Ajay Ratra made it clear that his team would go on an all-out attack now that they have nothing to lose.