Bangladesh’s ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said the win over Sri Lanka in the side’s 100th Test in Colombo was remarkable and will impact the upcoming three-match ODI series, which begins on March 25 in Dambulla.
Bangladesh with the historic four-wicket win levelled the two-match Test series one-all and now will aim to grab the ODI series, the format which appears to suit them more given their young and energetic squad.
Mortaza said it was a cheer pleasure watching the visitors coming on top and believes they need to carry the momentum heading into the limited-over series, which includes two T20Is also.
“It’s a big win for Bangladesh cricket. It’s a great joy to watch Bangladesh win the 100th Test, not just for the players but everyone who was there and who watched the match. The players who have come here to play ODIs are lucky that we have witnessed the dressing room and the players’ feelings during that win. It will definitely impact the ODI series. Most of the Test squad will be in the ODIs, so they will be mentally motivated ahead of the ODI series.”
Mortaza also feels that change of format will be good and boost their confidence. Insisting that Bangladesh is motivated to grab the opportunity, Mashrafe said they will change the past equation too between both sides in ODIs; which states in 16 matches played so far, the Tigers have found victory in just one.
Staying optimistic, the bowler said he has a person has suffered many loses in past but that’s over, and now he concentrates on wining matches and making the proud with landmark results in their way.
“Personally, it has never helped me to look at the past. May be other players can get motivated. But I don’t take motivation form past. I have so many games in the past, and lost most of them. But that does not mean that I cannot win in the future. I don’t think we have to remember those 2013 win.”
Bangladesh squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Taskin Ahmed, Nurul Hasan (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Mosaddek Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Sunzamul Islam, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Subashis Roy and Soumya Sarkar.