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Mashrafe: Small boundary equal advantage for us

  • Published at 10:46 pm June 16th, 2019
Mashrafe
Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Taunton

“Most opponents plan about West Indies’ batting, because of how they mostly adopt the T20 style of play in ODIs. Bowlers will have a hard time if they get going, so we have to be strict in our planning. The positive part is that, playing lots of shots also gives us chances,” Mashrafe said

Tigers skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said relatively small boundaries at the Somerset County Ground at Taunton will be an advantage for Bangladesh batsmen too against the West Indies when they play against each other Monday. 

Bangladesh have plenty of success against the Windies in the recent times as they have won bilatereal series both home and away in 2018 and also defeated them thrice in the tr-nation ODI series at Ireland prior to the World Cup. 

But the West Indies squad in the World Cup is certainly a changed team in terms of batting as Chris Gayle, Andre Russel, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis have been added to their squad since the tri-nation ODI series which will bolster their batting strength. 

All these players are recognized as big hitters in limited over cricket and the Bangladesh bowlers will have to bowl very well in order to restrict West Indies at Taunton which has relatively shorter boundaries compared to other grounds at the World Cup. 

The Bangladesh captain believes if it is a small ground for Windies’ big-hitters, then that means it’s also smaller boundaries for Tigers’ batsmen as well. No matter how hard West Indies batsman strike, the maximum will cost only six and Bangladesh also have enough fire power to match. 

“Most opponents plan about West Indies’ batting, because of how they mostly adopt the T20 style of play in ODIs. Bowlers will have a hard time if they get going, so we have to be strict in our planning. The positive part is that, playing lots of shots also gives us chances,” Mashrafe said during the pre match press conference at Coopers Associate County ground yesterday. 

“West Indies’ miss-hits go for sixes in any ground. It will count as six in this ground, not twelve. We have to look at it positively; the smaller ground will also suit our batsmen. I'd say we don't think about the size of the ground too much. A small ground is also good for us too. So I think it will be equal for both the teams. The bowlers will face the bigger challenge because many 50-50 shots will become a six, but that is mostly the case against West Indies anyway,” the Tigers’ skipper added.

Bangladesh faced some injury concerns as Shakib got injured prior to the Sri Lanka game and Mushfiq was hit on his right hand during practice before the West Indies game. Captain Mahsrafe informed the team is in good shape and determined to perform well in the ongoing World Cup. 

“Most of the players are physically fine, although there are some niggles. As far as our mentality is concerned, I think if anyone doesn’t feel 100 per cent, they may have to act that he is okay for the sake of the team, and keep working hard. It is not one or two players’ responsibility to take the team forward in a tournament like the World Cup. There’ll be ups and downs, but we must pull it together for the team. So far, everyone is okay but a win will boost this side,” Mashrafe concluded.