We’ve changed a lot: Mashrafe

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We've changed a lot: Mashrafe

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has said that the Tigers have changed a lot in last few years, especially the World Cup success boosted them a lot.

Bangladesh will take on India in the first semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Ahead of the match, the Bangladesh skipper has spoken about his side’s progress in world cricket.

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“Winning against England [in the 2015 World Cup] helped us a lot. We lost our next match, against New Zealand in New Zealand, but on a tough wicket we scored almost 300 and the team took a boost from that,” he explained.

“After that, we beat Pakistan, India and South Africa. Yes, it was at home, but we gained more self-respect by beating those sort of teams.

“So this team has changed. Over the last two or three years, we’ve changed a lot, especially in the dressing rooms. Now we play with freedom. The coaches support the players and don’t drop them. These sort of things actually change teams,” he said.

Mashrafe is taking confidence from the Cardiff match against New Zealand which they won by five wickets.

“That’s the thing. We never give up. They batted really well, but we came back strongly. And once you have played at your best, you know how well you can play and things can change. I know, on our day, we can do anything.”

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com

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