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Mahmudullah urges batsmen to step up

  • Published at 07:15 pm November 2nd, 2019
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Mahmudullah briefs the media AFP

Mahmudullah himself, along with Mushfiqur Rahim, will have to lead from the front as the two batsmen are the most senior players of the team

Makeshift Bangladesh T20I captain Mahmudullah believes the Tigers’ batting department needs to put up more solid and compact performances in the T20I series against India as the two neighbors prepare to face each other in their first game in New Delhi Sunday.

Mahmudullah himself, along with Mushfiqur Rahim, will have to lead from the front as the two batsmen are the most senior players of the team.

Two of the most experienced and decorated batsmen of the side - opener Tamim Iqbal and Shakib al Hasan - are not taking apart in the series as Tamim took leave for personal reason while Shakib has been banned by the ICC. 

In their absence, Mahmudullah (80 T20Is) and Mushfiq (81 T20Is) need to score runs to put up a fight against a difficult opposition like India, who have a strong batting line-up.

“I think we need to improve our batting more. Personally I believe batsmen should take more responsibilities as generally Indian wickets are good for batting. We need to score more runs on the board to give a good chance to the bowlers. There are some good players in our squad. We wanted a good leg-spinner in the squad and now we have one. We have good fast bowlers like Al Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam, who are all experienced. So we have a good bowling side. Now we have to bat well,” said Mahmudullah during the pre-match press conference at Arun Jaitley Stadium Saturday.

Mahmudullah is in good form with the bat in T20Is as he scored 6, 62, 44 and 14 in his last four innings. 

He also played a good 81-run innings in the practice match back home just before the series.

Bangladesh have lost to India in close encounters in recent years, starting from the World T20I in 2016 when the Tigers famously lost to the Indians after failing to score two runs from three deliveries.  

Both Mahmudullah and Mushfiq were there at the crease before the match turned India’s way.

Later in 2018, Bangladesh agonizingly lost the Nidahas Trophy final after a splendid late surge by Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik. 

The Tigers also lost the Asia Cup final against India in 2018 as the match went to the very last delivery. 

Last but not least, in this year’s World Cup, Bangladesh lost to India by 28 runs on a difficult Birmingham pitch, despite being in the running for victory right till the second last over. 

All-rounder Mahmudullah, who was present in all the aforementioned games, believes the players have learned from their mistakes and will do better in pressure moments in near future.     

“We went close in a few matches but were unable to cross the line. Hopefully we have learnt from those mistakes. Now we have to ensure that if such crunch moments come again, we will be more focused on our skills and execution rather thinking about the past,” said the stand-in captain.