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Mashrafe: Players tried their best

  • Published at 10:52 pm July 6th, 2019
Bangladesh players during their World Cup match against Pakistan in London Friday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from London

Mashrafe bin Mortaza admitted that they need to improve in certain areas, particularly bowling in the opening overs, and fielding

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza admitted that they should have performed better in certain areas in their 2019 World Cup campaign, but believes all the players tried their best and will come back strongly in future.

The Tigers’ mission ended with a crushing defeat against Pakistan at Lord’s in London Friday, and the former were eliminated from the semi-final race even earlier after suffering a loss against India at Edgbaston in Birmingham Tuesday.

Bangladesh managed to win against South Africa, the West Indies and Afghanistan and finished the tournament with seven points in nine games with one of their matches washed out.

“I think the players tried their best. But there are a few areas where we could have improved. Obviously, the whole team are disappointed,” said Mashrafe during the post-match press conference at Lord’s Friday.

“But on the other hand, I think the way we have played, I think we could have finished a little bit better than what we did. If we had finished the Pakistan game on a good note then we might have said, ‘okay, it's fine’. But unfortunately that did not happen. Sometimes luck wasn't with us, but I think the players played really well. A few things have been really good for us, but a few things have not been with us as well,” he added.

The Tigers skipper admitted that they need to improve in certain areas, particularly bowling in the opening overs, and fielding.

“And as far as the fielding and bowling are concerned, obviously we need to improve. Bowling has not been upto the mark, starting from me, and obviously from others, especially the first 15- 20 overs. We needed to pick wickets early in that sort of wicket for sure, but we could not manage it,” he said.

“Again, in some matches, our ground fielding was poor. From fielding side, when you stop runs in these sort of wickets, bowlers get boosted a lot, which has not been happening regularly for us in this World Cup. Whenever opponent made partnerships, we got down and down. A few catches have been dropped also in crucial moments. If we continue making such mistakes in crucial games then obviously questions will be raised. But I hope that looking to the future, we'll come back very strongly in those areas where we haven't performed very well in this tournament,” he concluded.