ICC Champions Trophy

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza emphasizes on post-tournament improvement

Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is proud of his team as they had finished their Champions Trophy 2017 campaign with their head held high. In their semi-final game, they lost to India by nine-wicket.

Following the semifinal exit, Mortaza said his team has areas of improvements. He believes his team is too reliant on their core batsmen, needed to stick to their plans with the ball in hand and must be mentally prepared.

Bangladesh batting first post a 264 runs total but India chased down the total without resistance from Bangladesh bowlers.

The skipper felt the failure to post a big score on a good track was where it all started to go wrong for the Tigers.

He said after the loss: “I think we could have had a big total.

“The way we had been playing, Tamim and Mushfiqur, they got out to a part-time bowler, [and then] it’s always difficult. At that time we had been on top. Suddenly a wicket falls and from there again, we couldn’t go through. So it was always difficult from there to score 300.”

The veteran skipper also feels young members of the team also need to stand out during the big match.

He added: “We can’t just [be] asking them all the time (the senior batsmen).

“It will be nice if some youngsters can come [through], and they have before, but this time it was hard for them. Hopefully [they] will be back in England 2019 and do better than whatever they did this time.”

Mortaza is also not happy with the way his bowlers bowled while defending the small target.

Mashrafe commented: “We didn’t bowl into the right areas, and when you don’t bowl into the right areas, then the short ball doesn’t affect.

“That’s the thing. You have to bowl in the right areas, then the short ball will count. We have to learn that on that sort of wicket, we have to bowl in the right areas as long as possible.

“Once you’re bowling in the second half it’s always difficult, but we have to learn a bit more, to stop runs on that sort of wicket, especially against a batting order like India. We have to learn a little bit more about how can we stop runs and put pressure on the opponent.”

Skipper also targeted mental preparation as another area his team can improve on while praising the Tiger’s progress.

He went on: “The boys should feel proud. In a tournament like this, you have to be physically and skill-wise not too bad. Yes, we are coming up still. We need to learn so many things. We have got to be a little bit more ready mentally to play this sort of match. I know once you are ready mentally, anything can be possible.”



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