According to Mushfiqur Rahim, it all depends on how the team performs in the tournament, and that the format of the competition won’t affect the sides much
Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim believes the tournament format of the World Cup 2019 will give fair chances to all the participating teams.
The 10-nation tournament where a side gets to play nine matches in the first round before the semi-finals is being seen as a tough task for many.
A side needs to win at least five matches to keep themselves in the equation for the semis, and six to make it an easy ride forward.
According to Mushfiq, it all depends on how the team performs in the tournament, and that the format of the competition won’t affect the sides much.
Bangladesh are going into the world event with one of their strongest sides till date and doing the basics right can make the tournament a memorable one for the Tigers.
“Previously, we had found ourselves in tough groups. We felt it would have been better if we were in the other group. If you look at 2007, we had defeated India to move to the second round and there are times when we failed to qualify, despite being in an easy group,” said Mushfiq in a media session at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday.
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“Yes, the format this time is tough, but it will give fair chances too. It does give the advantage to the teams, to be honest. And another thing is, Bangladesh are not the same team as before. The team has grown and we welcome this tournament format. I believe, we will play well in the tournament and move to the second round,” the right-handed batsman added.
“We are a strong team as far as experience is concerned. We are one of the big teams in the tournament. We had close defeats in many important matches. I hope something good awaits us.”
The upcoming World Cup is going to be the fourth for Mushfiq in a Bangladesh jersey in the competition.
Following his ODI debut in 2006, Mushfiq played his first World Cup in 2007, and was pivotal in Bangladesh’s historic win over India as the Tigers advanced to round two.
The 31-year old grew, along with the Bangladesh team, and went onto to play two more 50-over World Cups in 2011 and 2015.
In his 21 World Cup matches though, Mushfiq has not been able to bag a century.
In 2007, the right-handed batsman scored 273 runs in nine games with a highest score of 53 not out.
In 2011, Mushfiq scored 193 runs in six matches with a top-score of 36.
He was in fiery form in the 2015 edition, hammering 282 runs in six games with three fifties, including a highest of 89.
With immense experience under his belt, Mushfiq will surely be expected to play a big role, and probably eye his first century in the tournament where high-scoring affairs are likely.
The cricketer however, thinks being efficient and contributing to the team’s cause with significant runs are more important.
“Milestone is always important. All the top-order batsman in our team look to score big. I do the same. But more importantly, I strongly believe in scoring runs which are needed by the team. I will always try to score big if there is the opportunity. There will be no shortage of effort if there is the chance to make things memorable,” said Mushfiq.