Stand-in Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan is impressed with the batting form of his teammate Mahmudullah and thinks that the right-handed batsman has the ability to match Kumar Sangakkara’s record of four consecutives hundreds in a World Cup.
“If Sangakkara can score four hundreds, why not Mahmudullah.”
On March 9th, Bangladesh defeated England and qualified for the quarter-finals. In their last Pool A match against co-hosts New Zealand, they fought but unfortunately lost the match by 3 wickets. Mahmudullah lead Bangladesh’s batting charge and scored hundreds against both the oppositions. With Bangladesh sealing a quarter-final berth for the first time in a World Cup, Shakib wants that the other batsmen should take inspiration from Mahmudullah and score heavily against India.
“I thought we played really well (against New Zealand), especially with the way we batted. All the guys, Mahmudullah, Soumya, did well. We can take a lot of positives from this game, and we hope it put us in good favour for the quarter-finals. He is in great form (Mahmudullah), but he needs to keep going on. He is in great touch.
“Some of our boys are in good nick and are scoring runs regularly. Hopefully they can keep producing with both the bat and all. We just needed to get some early wickets, but then they scored more runs. It was hard for us as we were a bowler short. We didn’t have five regular bowlers. We tried to keep it tight, but in the end we weren’t able to,” he concluded.