After the heart-breaking 8-wicket defeat to the hosts England in the first match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in which Bangladesh played with 8 batsmen and only four specialist bowlers including Shakib Al Hasan, wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim admitted that they were one bowler short in the match.
However, Mushfiqur also believes that there was no guarantee of winning in the match even if they played with one more bowler, as the condition was very tough and the bowlers were not getting any assistance from the wicket at all.
“I think we were 20-25 runs short and maybe we were a bowler short as well. Miraz did not play so we had to go with the occasional bowlers for the 10 overs,” said Mushfiqur.
He also added, “But still, I think it’s easy to say such things after the game that it would have been good if we had gone with an extra bowler. Even if we had the extra bowler, there was no guarantee of winning as Mustafizur [Rahman] and Shakib were unable to grip the ball. So it was difficult for the bowlers.
If we were able to pick up a few more early wickets, things would have different.
Another big test awaits the Tigers as they will face the current world champions of the 50-over format Australia in their second game on Monday at the same venue of The Oval in London on Monday (June 5).
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com