Even the two greatest openers on earth in the shortest format of the game could not stop Rangpur Riders to break the losing streak in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
The supporters of the Riders could have entrusted more upon Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum had they opened the match for the team but skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said the dew factor of the early winter forced him to take the decision of bowling first after winning the toss in the last match.
“In the evening games, I think it is wise to bowl first because as night progresses it is hard for the bowlers to grip the ball if they have to bowl at second. I took the decision of fielding first considering all these factors,” Mashrafe said.
Backing the failure of Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum, Rangpur Riders’ skipper said, “Yes, there were a lot of expectations upon those two great batsmen like Gayle and McCullum. I think crowd also came to watch them playing. But it is really hard to open up with shots soon after coming to Bangladesh. I think, in Bangladesh, wickets are not like that of Australia, New Zealand and even in India. There is a matter of adjustment here.”
Mashrafe did not forget to provide credit to young spinner Mehedi Hasan who contributed most in the Victorians’ win.
“Actually he did really well; specially the first over. He has quite a good experience because of his performance in the domestic leagues. Mehedi did a wonderful job despite being exposed to BPL broadcasting and the fact that Gayle-McCullum were in front of him,” Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said.