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Last Updated: Monday, 13 December, 2004, 08:27 GMT
Bangladesh boss slams detractors
India dismiss Tapash Baisya as Bangladesh concede an innings defeat
Coach Dav Whatmore has dismissed claims Bangladesh do not deserve to play Test cricket after their defeat to India.

Bangladesh's loss by an innings in the first Test was their 30th defeat in 33 matches, none of which they have won.

"I honestly believe that the talent in this country is the same sort of talent that you get anywhere in the sub-continent," said Whatmore.

"It's easy for (the media) to say that the technique is not right, but that's not correct."

Sri Lanka-born Whatmore, who played Test cricket for Australia, conceded that his team had lost the initiative early against India.

The top order crumbled to 50-5 in the first innings and 36-5 chasing 323 just for parity in the second.

"The new ball did the damage in both the innings. That was the start of it," said Whatmore.

"It makes it very difficult when you lose three or four wickets in the first 10 overs. We were playing catch-up cricket after that.

"We need to try and not hand the advantage to the opposition early. We need to do a bit of fighting to keep it even for a while.

Irfan Pathan was named man of the match
He is getting better and better with each game
Sourav Ganguly on Irfan Pathan
Whatmore described remarks that Bangladesh was making a mockery of Test cricket as "shallow".

"That is one that comes from looking at the scoreboard. You need to understand the game and the situation that Bangladesh is in globally.

"You must remember that not long ago we came within a whisker of winning [against Pakistan] in Multan.

"I can feel your frustration, but I plead with everyone to have some more patience. The boys are not doing this intentionally."

Irfan Pathan was named man of the match for his 11-wicket performance, the best by an Indian pace bowler in a Test on foreign soil.

"He is getting better and better with each game," said India captain Sourav Ganguly.

"He is just 20 and he has got a lot cricket ahead of him. He has to shoulder the responsibility of Indian fast bowling for quite some time."

Ganguly admitted the home side "played well in patches".

"They bowled well in the first session of the second day. They picked up three wickets.

"There were a few dropped chances, but it's still a learning curve for them. It's early days in international cricket for them, so you have to give them time."

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