Rhodes believes Bangladesh aren’t a five-man army
The recent performance in the tri-nation series from the youngsters has given a belief to the head coach that Bangladesh doesn’t depend only on the big-five.
Bangladesh finally went onto break the final curse and managed to win their first ever tournament with the youngsters evolving and proving their worth.
The performance of Soumya Sarkar, who hit three fifties in a row and Mosaddek Hossain, the man of the final was the highlight of the tournament and they managed to win the final against Windies despite the absence of all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
After being the champions, the tournament has turned out to be a massive boost for Bangladesh ahead of the world cup and head coach Steve Rhodes believes the depth of the team is becoming clinical day by day.
“This was quite an amazing chase today because it was tough and there have been two or three guys who have played special innings. What it does today, if you think of Mosaddek for example, he is a guy now who is going to keep everybody on his toes. That’s the depth of the squad and he might not play and if he doesn’t then what a great position we have. Some other good players playing, what it does give is, it gives us the confidence that we can win some big games as well.”
“That means Bangladesh are stronger within the squad and that’s what we want as we want more depth and if we get that depth then people will stop talking about the big five,” he added.
Fast bowler Abu Jayed Rahi also made his debut through this tournament and went onto to pick up a fifer in his second ODI against Ireland. And that gives a sign that the squad has an amazing depth, Rhodes believes.
“We are not including the guy[Jayed] who has got five wickets and it is obviously hard for him and that means the guys who are in that squad are excellent players. And he takes that sort of thing on his chin like most of the squad do. They realize we are a squad, not just the team of eleven or individuals. They understand that sometimes they have to make way because there are some other good players playing,” he concluded.