Mashrafe not satisfied with the performance


Captain Mashrafe celebrating his wicket with team mates | bdcricteam.com
Captain Mashrafe celebrating his wicket with team mates

He was one of the contenders of the Man-of-the match award, his all round performance helped the Tigers to a four wicket victory in the first T20I. However, Bangladesh Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was not fully satisfied with the performance.

In the post match presentation, he said, “I am not fully satisfied, we got partnerships but we could not carry on. The only parts worth mentioning was Tamim’s knock, and Riyad-Liton’s stand, and the latter didn’t even end properly; I had to go out there and finish it.”

Mashrafe reserved some praise for Malcolm Waller, who hit a swashbuckling 68, “He batted really well, thankfully we got him out at the right time”.

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Mahsrafe’s batting has played crucial roles in all matches in this series. His late-order cameos have helped Bangladesh post challenging totals in last three games, and in the T20, he helped to finish off a tense chase with minimum fuss. When asked about whether he has worked on his batting or not, he pointed out that he got injured so often in the past, that each time he came back into the team, he had to focus on getting back his bowling fitness. As a result, he didn’t get much opportunity to work on honing his batting skills.

However, he said he brought about a change in his mentality while batting, “When I come in to bat at 8, there is a batsman at the other end. Thus I can give him the strike to give him more chances. That is the only change I have made to my batting.”

He also had a word of advice to his team’s tail enders, “Obviously they should focus more on their bowling than batting. But it is time to think about a team where even the No. 11 can have some contribution in the team’s total.”

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