Mushfiqur buries the ghosts of Bangalore 2016

:: Peoples Time Online ::

In a game that seemed to have flashes of recall from the India-Bangladesh World T20 contest in Bangalore, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah yet again found themselves in the middle in the closing stages of the chase. Just that, this time, they managed to cross the line without a stutter and help the visitors to not only take a 1-nil lead in the series but also register their maiden win, in the format, against India.

Yet despite the momentous victory, the celebrations from Mushfiqur Rahim, the protagonist of Bangladesh’s chase, were sedate.

“Win is a win and we still have two matches. If we can win the series then we can celebrate,” Mushfiqur said after the game, adding that he’s learnt his lesson from the 2016 game. “Men can make mistakes. As long as you’re learning from your mistakes, that’s the most important part. And after that incident [in Bangalore WCT20] I was closing games in T20s and also in ODIs. So that gives me lot of confidence.

“We knew what we had to do in that situation rather than doing things I did in the past. I had a chat before the start of the 20th over. We knew and we are clear. And after a couple of years, me and Riyad finishing off the game, it feels really great,” he added. “World Cup match and bilateral series are different. To play against such a strong team like India, you will like to present your best team. We never won against them (in T20Is) before. This could have happened later. I am happy that we could make this happen [now]. We had this belief.”

“Last two overs, we can take 20-25 runs. And we knew they would try with seamers, which was a bit easier than hitting the spinners. We stuck to our game plan and it worked. It can happen to any player when you play in the same condition in previous occasions and you have an experience of playing for 10-15 years. I won matches staying in the wickets previously, so it also gave me lots of confidence while we also learned from our mistakes.”

Mushfiqur added that he is happy with the result also because more than just a win, it helped give the team something to cheer about after a few hectic weeks, wherein the lead up to the series was anything but ideal.

He further added that result has proved that Bangladesh are a strong side even without the presence of their biggest players. “Shakib is a very big cricketer for us. We always miss him. Tamim is also a very big part. They have won many matches single-handedly. We always miss them. But it is also a sign that Bangladesh can win without them. Even without me or Riyad, I believe Bangladesh can perform.

“We were underdogs when we came here. As we had nothing to lose we played with a free mind and that helped us play fearless cricket. But personally I think we can improve in a couple of areas. Because in the last two overs, we gave way some easy boundaries. So if we improve in those areas and play better, there is nothing impossible,” he concluded.

Peoples Time/jj

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