I didn’t play for the century but to win the match – Mohammad Naim
Bangladesh young gun Mohammad Naim Sheikh said that if he stayed in the crease for some more overs, he would have grabbed the match for Bangladesh in the series decider against India on Sunday in Nagpur. He also revealed that he never thought of personal milestone, he only played to win the match for the team.
“If I could stay two or three more overs, I would have won the match for the team,” said Mohammad Naim Sheikh.
Before returning home after the T20 series, Naim told reporters in Nagpur: “I had tried to bat as I had intended when I visited India. In which ball I got out, I think it was the best ball in the entire innings.”
In the deciding match of the series, Naim scored 81 runs off 48 balls. Bangladesh dreamt of winning in his bat. The Tigers needed 49 runs to win in the end. Naim got out in such a situation and after his return, Bangladesh completely lost the momentum and lost the match by 30 runs.
About missing a century for 5 runs, Naeem said,
“I did not play for the century, I was playing to win the match for the team. Couldn’t succeed this time, it feels bad.”
“The outrage is too much. It would have been great to have won the series. Feeling a little bad for not being able to win. If we had another partnership, maybe we could win,” he added.
In the third T20 against India, chasing the target of 175 runs, Bangladesh started poorly. They lost Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar within 12 runs but after that Mohammad Naim and Mohammad Mithun managed situation in skillful hand. In the third wicket, they added 98 runs together and helped Bangladesh to reach in the winning position. Then Bangladesh lost 8 wickets in the span of just 34 runs and lost the match.