Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim admitted that the final loss against India is extremely heartbreaking for the Tigers. However, Mushfiq believes Bangladesh can take a lot of positives from the Nidahas T20I tri-nation series and turn into an improved outfit in the shortest format of the game in future.
The Tigers agonisingly lost the final Sunday at R Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo. India needed 34 runs off 12 balls while chasing 167. But Bangladesh bowlers Rubel Hossain and Soumya Sarkar failed to defend the total and riding on stumper-batsman Dinesh Karthik’s stunning 29 off just eight balls, India sealed a memorable victory.
The Tigers returned home Monday afternoon and after their arrival, Mushfiq praised Bangladesh’s team effort in the Nidahas series, and vowed to come back stronger.
“The way we played our cricket in the last few days, all the credit should be given to the entire team. We lost the home series against Sri Lanka last month. But winning two matches in their backyard is a great achievement. We played consistently competitive cricket in the whole Nidahas series. It’s a plus point for us. Definitely as players we are also feeling bad. We fought really well but were unable to clinch the trophy in the end. We will overcome it. We will learn the lessons from this loss so that we can win next time when such critical moments arise,” Mushfiq said to the media.
Mushfiq lent his support to part-time bowler Soumya, who bowled the last over and failed to defend 12 runs.
“This is the first time Soumya bowled in a match-deciding last over. Every bowler can lose his cool in such situations. Even Marlon Samuels won a match against Lasith Malinga at the R Premadasa in the past. I hope he will learn from this game and perform better in near future. So I believe it’s a learning curve for all of us. A chance to defeat a strong team like India never comes so easily. But we lost that chance twice in this tournament. Anyways, we will learn from it and perform better in future,” said Mushfiq.
Mushfiq is of the opinion that Bangladesh earned quite a few positives from the tournament. Mushfiq though thinks the Tigers have room for improvement in certain areas, which will in turn transform Bangladesh into a much more formidable T20I outfit.
“Nobody thought Musatfizur [Rahman] will bowl a maiden wicket in the third last over. Similarly nobody thought Rubel could go for 22 runs in the second last over. All of these are part of the game. So we must learn from this incident,” Mushfiq explained.
“As a T20I team we were consistent in the Nidahas trophy. But still we can improve ourselves in certain areas. Some of our top-order batsmen need to play till the end. And our bowlers also need to take more wickets in the powerplay overs. And also, we need to check more runs in the death overs.
“We were doing good in Test and ODI format. But our T20I performance was not that good in the last few years, compared to the other formats. We have certainly played well in the Nidahas trophy. This confidence will boost us to play well in the upcoming T20Is. So it’s a plus point for us,” he concluded.