‘If we can go to South Africa’s level, then we can say we are chokers’

With the defeat against Sri Lanka in the tri-nation series final, Bangladesh have now lost 4 finals and still haven’t won none. This scenario is something similar with the South Africa team who tends to chock in crucial matches of a tournament. That is why, they are tagged as chokers.

No opportunity to think about Hathuru: MashrafeIn the post match press conference, skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was asked after yet another final defeat if they are chokers like South Africa.

Mashrafe said: “I believe in luck a bit. I will not say that. When we can become a team like South Africa then I can say we choked or not. Comparing Bangladesh with South Africa is not logical. We have to come to their level first. They always remain at 1-2-3 in the rankings. It will be right to say when we will go to their level.”

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He added: “Everyone is disappointed in the dressing room. We expected to win having come this far. From the beginning, we wanted a good wicket, one where they can get high-scoring games. We had four quicks and Shakib. Our bowling unit was strong enough. We wanted wickets like the one when we scored 300-plus against Sri Lanka. The wicket was going up and down a bit. A batsman had to be set before playing shots.”

About Shakib: “I wouldn’t use it as an excuse when chasing 220-odd runs. When he fell, we were sure he wouldn’t be playing. We saw his hand. We knew it wasn’t possible for him to bat, so we had asked the others not to think about it.”