Bangladesh suffered a major collapse during the series decider in Nagpur which India ran away with. Skipper Mahmudullah believes that the side has to go a long way if they want to take on the best sides in the business especially in the shortest format of the sport.
“I am not sure whether it was the [lack of] composure or not. But if you see, we have made similar kinds of mistakes in a few games in recent times. That’s where I think big teams are quite good. They are very consistent on these matters so that they can chase down such totals.”
Mahmudullah explained Mithun’s promotion to No 4, ahead of Mushfiqur Rahim as a move to stabilize Bangladesh’s innings. However, despite a good performance by the youngster, the experienced hands that followed, failed to build on that, which eventually cost Bangladesh the game.
“We had a chance when we needed 49 off 30 balls. But in the end, we lost a few wickets. We could have wrapped it up. That’s what cost the match for us,” he said. “T20 cricket is such a format, if you lose momentum then it’s very hard to get it back. We were very close in this game but we lost three-four wickets in six or seven balls. That was a crucial part of the game.
“We wanted to stabilize the innings because we had already lost two wickets. So we thought that [it will be good] if Mithun goes in and takes a bit of time and puts on a good partnership, which he did [with Naim]. I think the partnership between Naim and Mithun was incredible. The partnership was there and it’s good to see, especially young Naim batted so well in this series. But once again, it all came down to that part where we lost a few wickets in a cluster.”
As a senior batsman in the group, Mahmudullah took the blame on himself for the defeat. “Yeah, if you say about today’s game, yes we [seniors] failed. I agree because we had an opportunity but we couldn’t make it.”
“When we first came here, many thought that we would lose the series 3-0. But we won the first game and we all had so much ambition. Maybe we couldn’t [win it eventually] but overall, I think we played good cricket,” he concluded.
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