One of the most defining moments in the ICC World T20 2016 was undoubtedly the last over of the game between India and Bangladesh played at Bangalore. It was a game which the Bangladeshis should have won comfortably and with 2 needed off 3 deliveries; one had to back the chasing team to finish the game and seal off the chase.
However, common sense didn’t prevail on that occasion, as the Bangladeshi batsmen went for the glory shots, only to be caught by the Indian fielders. India ended up winning the game by just a run and that boosted their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals. Mahmudullah, who was well settled, was the batsman to be dismissed on the second last ball, as he slogged all the way, rather than just trying to sneak a run in.
In his recent conversation, he admitted that it was difficult to get over the loss, and held himself accountable for Bangladesh’s misery. “Can I forget what happened? Not for once did we think we wouldn’t win when we needed two runs off three balls with myself and Mushfiqur at the crease,” Mahmudullah said. “To be honest, I couldn’t believe Mushfiqur would get out after hitting two fours. Then I got out. It was my fault. It was a huge chance to beat India in India, but we couldn’t take it. It was heart-breaking for all of us,” he added.
He added that despite Mushfiqur getting out, there was hope for him to finish the game, but he couldn’t do so. “Still there was hope. I thought we could get at least one run off the last ball. It didn’t happen, and it was my fault. I wanted to finish the game off. The chance was there, I couldn’t take it. I missed a ball that had to be struck for a six. I can’t go back and do it again. But I will try to take the safer option next time I face such a situation,” said a dejected Mahmudullah.