I like to play against India, more outside the country: Nasir
It had been seen in many matches that Bangladesh started well against India, even though they came very close to victory, but lost the match in last minute. Or the team that was performing well could not maintain that continuity against India. Nasir was asked in Bdcrictime live adda whether he’s mentally down against India before the end of the game.
The 28-year old Nasir said,
“I can’t talk about mental stress of other Bangladesh cricketers. But I like to play against India, more outside the country. I actually like the game against India much. Because they’re one of the best teams in the world. So a good game against them, the confidence to perform, career- everything takes one step further.”
Bangladesh faced India in the quarter-final match of the 2015 World Cup in Australia. Bangladesh had to accept the defeat without a fight in that match. Nasir was trying to survive at the crease after the senior cricketers got out quickly. In the end, Bangladesh lost the match by a big margin.
Regarding that match Nasir said, “I was chasing big runs against big teams, of course there was a mental stress. Even then we believed we would win the match. But later, our top-order didn’t do so well, that’s where we lagged behind in the match. I was batting. There was a small partnership with Sabbir. We couldn’t win, we must feel bad. If we could have started better, the result would have been different.”
According to Nasir, if the match was planned properly, Bangladesh could have won. “World Cup match, there’s a little bit of pressure against a team like India. Even then, if the umpire’s mistake came in our favor, the result also would have been in our favor,” he said.