Bottom side Barisal Bulls ended their Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 2016-17 season on a disappointing note, losing against Rangpur Riders by 29 runs in Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Saturday. It was no surprise therefore, when Barisal's English batsman Dawid Malan expressed grave disappointment in the post-match press conference. Here are the excerpts:
Following three wins in a row at the beginning, Barisal suddenly lost the momentum. What went wrong?
Malan: We had injuries and changed (the playing XI) quite frequently. We lost the momentum in Chittagong. Whether we play the right balance at the team or not, towards the end we only played five batsmen with [Thisara] Perera at number six pretty much in all the games. The pitch we have played in, 140 is a good score. We need those extra batsmen. I think we were a batsman short.
Barisal captain Mushfiqur Rahim, Shahriar Nafees and yourself scored regular runs. Despite that, your team failed to get the desired results. What were the lackings?
It's disappointing, especially after we won three out of four games upfront so I think that was very tough for us. You know we didn’t have enough people chipping in for the rest of the team as you said, we three have scored most of the runs. But maybe one other guy could have put his hands up. So I think we did not have a collective team performance. If we had played as a team like we played in the first three games, I think we could have made it to the top four.
How was the tournament for you personally?
It was a little bit of a mixed bag. Felt like I played pretty well in the whole tournament but sort of missed out in a few of the games. And the injury that I had didn’t really help my personal momentum. But I ended up finishing quite well. And getting 240-odd runs at an average of 30, you know I have finished quite strongly. I think it’s one of the better tournaments.
How was the team atmosphere like throughout the competition?
I think there's more pressure. If you have one bad game, suddenly, you may miss two games. And I think that’s probably the only difference in franchise cricket in general. You know the owners have put down a lot of money and they want results. So it is quite tough if you fail to score in one or two games. Fear of getting dropped from the side is there.