Best 3 wins of Bangladesh in ‘captain’ Mashrafe’s eye
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is the most successful captain in the history of Bangladesh. He became the first and only captain of the country to lead with a record of fifty wins. Under him, Bangladesh team played 88 ODIs and won 50 of them. Which is an unimaginable success in the context of the country.
If you were asked to choose any three of these fifty wins, you might sit down with a list of history-statistics. However, it is easy for captain Mashrafe to answer this question. He instantly said that about the best three wins of his captaincy.
Mashrafe was asked this question by his teammate left-arm opener, the country’s one of the best batsman Tamim Iqbal. In the live session held on Monday night, the current ODI captain asked this question to the former ODI captain.
In this context, Tamim said, “Under you, we have won 50 ODIs. This is definitely one of the biggest milestones in my opinion. Really awesome. From here, pick three wins which won your heart much.”
Mashrafe did not even take time to think about the answer. As if the first two were on the tip of his lips. “The World Cup match with England,” he said.
“Which we won and played in the quarter finals (2015 World Cup). Then it has to be said that the match against New Zealand in the Champions Trophy (2017) with Shakib-Riyad’s century is incredible.”
After thinking for a while about the third win, he said, “In the second match against England at home (Mirpur in 2016), Taskin took three wickets.”
In response to Tamim’s words, Mashrafe remembered a statement made by the then coach Chandika Hathurusingha. “Hathurusingha used to tell me, you can never win a match with runs in the bat (laughs),” he said.
It is to be noted that Mashrafe had a direct contribution in the second ODI victory of the home series against England. After playing a cameo innings of 44 off 29 balls with the bat, he took 4 wickets for just 29 runs with the ball. He was the one who got the award of player of the match in the victory of Bangladesh by 34 runs.