Mashrafe told the media during the pre-match press conference in Colombo on Friday, “ODI is always challenging. If from our side two people form a good partnership, or that happens for them, the game changes. In ODIs, these things happen a lot. I am not expecting it to be easy. If we want to win we will have to play very well, like we have been doing.
“But it is very difficult to play with too much caution, because you cannot play your best that way. Either you will have to be in a defensive mode or you have to attack. And if you want to win a game of cricket, you can’t do it being defensive.
“I think being relaxed is very important, because, Alhamdulilah, the team have won two matches on the trot, be it Tests or ODIs. So being relaxed is very important, along with playing according to the plan. But I will always us to play the aggressive game,” he said.
Mashrafe believes Bangladesh bowlers are in a good rhythm at the moment, despite conceding 311 runs in the second and penultimate ODI in Dambulla on Tuesday.
“I think the bowling was absolutely right for the wicket we had for the second ODI. The toss was very important. If you bat first, scoring 300 is very easy on that pitch. Since this is a day game, we will not have to worry. This is a good wicket, and I have heard that 270-290 is the average score, so if we can keep them below 300 it will be easier for the batsmen,” he said.
Mashrafe said the senior players have responded well in their tour of the island nation so far and hoped that they would continue to do so in future.
“In sports, body language does matter. I think we want to change that, whether we win or lose. It’s not that you can win just by keeping your body language correct. But if you do it over and over again, then it will be of benefit, like other big teams or established teams have done. So it’s a big promise,” he said.
“You can say it is a promise to ourselves, to others, or even an individual’s promise to himself. So if we can maintain good body language, it will hopefully be of big benefit in future. In every match there is responsibility. Especially when you are representing your country, whoever you are playing against there is no scope to relax.
“Obviously those of us who are seniors, we have a responsibility but juniors also have responsibility because there is a lot of expectation upon them as well. The way they have been playing, it has been outstanding. We always want them to keep repeating that,” he added.