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Prior to the India series, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim stated that if they defeat India, it will be India who would be defeated and not India A. His assertive statement proved humiliating to him and at present, Bangladesh have already lost the 3 match ODI series and they presently stand at 2-0 and are on the verge of being inflicted a clean sweep by India in the 3 match series
The second ODI was sheer humiliation for the Bangladeshi men and they were bundled for a score of 58 runs in reply to India’s 105. On that note, Mushfiqur Rahim, The Bangladeshi Skipper, apologized to the fans for the “shameful” display of cricket by them.
His statement was as such, “I don’t have an explanation for this defeat. All I can say is that we had a very good opportunity. There cannot be anything more shameful, So I apologise to the nation on behalf of the team. A lot of problems can be identified after such a defeat. May be we are trying hard, but I don’t know what is exactly going wrong. We will discuss our problems tomorrow, but I think if this were our second team, they would have played better cricket. It is very disappointing.”
Stuart Binny simply destroyed the Bangladeshi batting in the 2nd ODI with his stunning bowling spell and was swinging the ball excellently. He and Mohit Sharma took full use of the wet pitch and bundled the Bangladeshis for 58. Binny’s bowling figures was 6 wickets for 4 runs in 4.4 overs with 2 maidens. It was simply magical and a fairy-tale for this man.
On being asked about the reason for the batting collapse, he replied “There can be a lot of questions. We were set in the crease but we couldn’t finish the game. We had to try as hard as we usually do but our batsmen didn’t show the mental toughness required in the middle. When they bowled two or three good overs, we played the wrong shots, which caused the defeat.”
On the same note the skipper praised the performance of the debutant, Taskin Ahmed who took a 5 wicket haul in the 2nd ODI and raised terror among the Indian batting line up and destroyed it in a flash.
Mushfiqur’s words were as such, “Taskin and Mashrafe bhai bowled very well. Al-Amin tried very hard, Mithun and I were batting quite well too, but I don’t know what happened all of a sudden. Nothing can be worse than this and I didn’t expect such poor cricket.”
The skipper is pretty much disappointed about the constant poor performances by the Bangladeshi opener, Tamim Iqbal. The left handed batsman is now running through a bad patch in international cricket and did not manage to give his team a solid start in recent times.
Rahim stated “Maybe it was his plan to play attacking, but he should have judged the wicket. A 30 or 40 from him would have made a difference but as I said, the approach may be good but the application is not there.”
In a concluded note, Rahim made a point. He said “It has been long and things haven’t happened for us. So maybe now the management might think of a change, which could bring about a better balanced team.”