I failed to lead the team: Mashrafe Mortaza
Upon returning back to the country, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza spoke about the past aspirations and failing to reach into expected results.
On Sunday, he regretted letting down supporters and veritably took the responsibility for failing to reach the World Cup semi-final.
“We are definitely disappointed. If some results had gone our way maybe we could have reached the semi-final,” Mashrafe told reporters in Dhaka.
“Overall, the way we played was very positive but we couldn’t fulfill our expectations,” he said.
“If we had won the last match, we could have finished fifth. But I’m sure all spectators and players wanted the team to finish in the top four,” Mortaza said.
Bangladesh made a flying start of the tournament defeating South Africa in the opening match; came to out winning in a high scoring run chase against West Indies and lastly against Afghanistan.
The narrow defeats against New Zealand and India along with a complete wash out of the Sri Lanka match cost them the semi-final spot.
Mashrafe blamed lack of consistency on part of several performers accompanied by poor luck of favor for not bettering the result.
“Until the India match, we officially had a chance for the semi-finals. But other than Shakib (Al Hasan) and Mushfiq (Mushfiqur Rahim); there was a lack of consistency”, he said..
“One whole week was interrupted by rain, which hampered us and helped some teams,” Mortaza said.
The 35-year old Bangladesh skipper further said, “As a captain, if I fail to lead the team to expected results, there will always be criticism. I have to take responsibility for the entire team. That’s normal.”
“I take full responsibility as I should. But I would like to say that players face criticisms all around the world, especially after a tournament or series.”
“And it happening after the World Cup is very normal,” he added.