Defeat against India will always have a special place in Mahmudullah’s heart

Defeat against India will always have a special place in Mahmudullah's heart

Bangladesh middle-order batsman Mahmudullah Riyad has finally opened up his mouth on that historical 1-run defeat against MS Dhoni led Team India in the World Cup T20 last year.

Chasing 147 for victory in that crucial match, Bangladesh needed 11 runs off the last over. Hardik Pandya had come to bowl and then Tigers made the perfect start as Mushfiqur Rahim smashed two early fours.

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However, Pandya came back very strongly after those two fours as he took two quick wickets and Bangladesh eventually lost the match by only 1 runs. It came as shock to everyone as two most senior batsmen of Bangladesh, Mahmudullah and Mushfiq were there. But, both the batsmen got dismissed in a crucial point of the match.

Recently, in an interview to Cricbuzz, Mahmudullah Riyad has talked about that thrilling match. “Probably that was a mental barrier for next few matches. I think unless you lose you won’t learn much and probably I had a lesson from that defeat too. Unless the game is over it is not over,” he said.

The right-handed batsman added, “You just cannot get complacent despite being a few meters away from victory because someone just can come from behind and take away the win from you and that will ruin all the hard work put together by the team throughout the day.”

He further added, “It was extremely draining mentally. It was unfortunate as we lost in a silly manner but then again there was a lot for me to learn that I hope that will help me in future. I think that match (against India in World T20) will always have a special place in my heart.”

– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com