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Friday , March 15 , 2013
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Want to end on a high: Shami

Calcutta: Unable to proceed beyond the group stage in the Ranji Trophy and a crushing defeat in the Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-final, Bengal have once again flattered to deceive.

The Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Trophy, though, provides them with one last opportunity to finish the season on a positive note. Precisely, Bengal’s bowlers have had to carry the bulk of the workload this season, with their batsmen failing to deliver on most occasions.

However, according to pacer Shami Ahmed, focus should be on ending the season on a high instead of pinpointing the faults of others.

“As bowlers, we have to do the job asked from us. We have an important role to play for our team’s cause. In the end, it boils down to how you contribute towards the success of your team.

“Being a member of the Bengal squad, I need to do my best in every match to bring success for Bengal,” Shami said before their departure for Agartala on Friday.

“True, our batting has not been too good lately. But this is a new tournament and we’re confident our batsmen will put up a much better show. We trust their abilities,” he added.

The 23-year-old, though, feels that the presence of Ashok Dinda would certainly have bolstered Bengal further in this Twenty20 meet.