We need to be prepared well: Guptill
New Zealand opener believes his side needs to be on its toes to come good in the tournament
New Zealand opener Martin Guptill is hopeful of his side's batsmen taking on Bangladesh's spinners in the opening Group D game of ICC World Twenty20 2012.
Guptill is banking on his side's performance against India's spinners on the recent tour. "The way we played spin against India in Chennai in the Twenty20...if we can do exactly the same...and just be positive (then) I think we are going to do pretty well and put up the runs on the board that we need,'' said Guptill.
The New Zealand is wary of Bangladesh's avility as a side to spring surprises."It’s a very tough group, Bangladesh first up (against us), its going to be a tough game. We can’t take them for granted. They have got some world class players in their side and we know that. We have respect for them,'' said Guptill.
Given the unpredictable feature of the Twenty20 format, Guptill believed his side needed to be on its toes to come good in the tournament.
"Twenty20 cricket is very unpredictable. It only takes one person to take a game away from the other side. We are going to be on our toes in these next two games and then we can think about the Super Eight stage,'' added Guptill.
The last time New Zealand played Bangladesh it lost an ODI series 0-4. Guptill insisted that there was residue of that loss even now.
"That series was two years ago. We cannot really go back to that. We can go only into the last couple of weeks. We beat India a week ago in their own condition. We have got to take some momentum from that. The last two warm-up matches against Australia and South Africa did not quite go to the plan. But we got to put that behind us."
"We need to prepare well and go out and show our skill on the park. If we can do that well we will get the result we want,'' said Guptill. The right-handed opener had a special word of praise for Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. "He is one of their world class players and we know that,'' said Guptill.