We need to get mentally tough: Mashrafe

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Bangladesh faced a shameful nine-wicket defeat in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy against India, on Thursday. The Mashrafe Bin Mortaza led side were in a good position while batting as Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim were playing brilliantly on the middle.

But they could not continue that for a longer period and the side got restricted to only 264 runs in a batting paradise. In reply, India chased down the target very easily.

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Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza at the post match press conference explained the reasons which caused them the defeat. “We have repeated these mistakes often in big matches. This was a match where we should have scored 330 but ended up scoring 264,” Mashrafe said.

The 33-year old experienced skipper conceded that his team needs to get “mentally tougher” in crunch games, “We need to get mentally tough in these situations and when we come back next time, may be correct mistakes.”

He added, “May be quality and skill-wise we are not lacking but you need to get mentally tougher as to what needs to be done in big matches like these. We need to ask ourselves some questions as to whether we were ready to defend 264. May be that’s what we need to ask ourselves.”

-Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com