‘If I had been in Mushfiqur’s place, I would’ve left the field with victory’
India hosted the 2016 T20 World Cup. Bangladesh got a golden opportunity to defeat India on Indian soil. But in the end, Bangladesh suffered a tragic 1-run defeat to India because of the failure of the batsmen.
That match of the 2016 T20 World Cup in Bangalore is still a blow to the Tigers. The match is also widely discussed in Indian cricket. And if there is any discussion about cricket with Hardik Pandya, that match will come back.
As it turned out, the topic came with a conversation with Harsha Bhogle. “I’ll be honest, I didn’t think what happened was possible,” he told Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz.
“Even at that time, I thought if I was there, I would have taken a single and secured a win. And then I’d have gone for the signature shot to finish it with a six and all of that.”
Mushfiqur wanted to hit the six one ball earlier. But after Mahmudullah gave him a strike with singles in the first ball, the wicket-keeper batsman brought the victory within reach by hitting two boundaries in a row. He even celebrated.
Because then only 2 runs were needed in the last 3 balls. Victory was certain. But Mushfiqur hit the fourth ball into the deep midwicket and was caught at the boundary. Mahmudullah also slogged the next ball and caught at the boundary. Mustafizur Rahman was run out in the last ball.
When Mushfiqur went on strike with two fours in a row, what did Hardik plan then? The Indian fast bowler said, “I was thinking which is the most difficult ball if someone wants to take a single. So I thought back of the length is something where it’d be difficult if you want to hit, and similarly, it isn’t easy to take a single on it as well. You have to play it well to get a run out of it. But he went for a big shot and that is why he got out.”