But the Tigers failed to grab it and that’s the reason they will now return home instead of playing the final match against Pakistan on June 18, believes former Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar Sumon.
“It was always obvious that for Bangladesh to make it to the final, it had to do something stunning, something special against India. It had the opportunity to do so, but it didn’t grab that opportunity, and in a match like the semi-final of an ICC event, that can be decisive,” Bashar wrote in his latest column for ICC,
According to Bashar, it was all about absorbing the pressure and responding to the situation. And this is one area that differentiated Bangladesh from being the ultimate winners of the contest.
“When you reach the final stages of a tournament, what matters is how well you can absorb the pressure and respond to situations. Bangladesh’s strongest suit is its middle-order batting, but it just collapsed, which is unusual. Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Mossadek Hossain are all genuine, proven performers but they frittered away a great platform.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com