Bangladesh plunged to a humiliating nine-wicket defeat against India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 second semi-final match on Thursday, with their three youngsters Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman and Mosaddek Hossain continued a nightmare form throughout the tournament.
But Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza keeps faith with his young boys, saying they will learn from mistakes and get ready mentally for future tournaments.
“Obviously the boys should feel proud, but I think in a tournament like this, you have to be physically or skill-wise not too bad. Yes, we are coming up still.We need to learn so many things. But I think 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. I know next time the boys will learn, not because -- in 2015 and 2017, both times they've been through the knockout system. So if you can go through next time, hopefully the boys will learn how to get ready mentally,” Mashrafe told reporters at an after-match media conference.
Altogether, Soumya could manage 34 runs, Sabbir managed 49 runs and Mosaddek, though he took three wickets in vital time against New Zealand, failed to prove his batting prowess, scoring only 20 runs from four matches.
The 2007 ICC World Cup saw the rise of dashing opener Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who are now among the five pillars of current Bangladesh cricket squad. Bangladesh’s current skipper Mashrafe was also a youngster at that time.
The four youngsters dazzled with their individual powers on the same day as Bangladesh sealed a famous five-wicket victory against India in Port-of-Spain.
It might be tempting to call it one of the biggest upsets in the World Cup history, but the manner in which Bangladesh pulled the rug away from India’s feet.
But today’s youngsters Soumya, Sabbir and Mosaddek failed to fire up as India just utilise the easy chasing.
“I think we could have had a big total. The way we had been playing, Tamim and Mushfiqur, they got out at that time, it's always difficult. That time we had been at the top. But maybe from the ball we have been six, seven runs short. It could have been easily three hundred, but suddenly wickets fell from there again, Shakib, and Riyad couldn't go through. So it's always difficult from there to score 300,” Mashrafe said.
Considering the fact that this team looks up to Mashrafe as a leader, as a captain, his guidance, so the next big ICC tournament, the 50-over tournament is 2019, and considering he has had a decent performance, decent run with his side whenever they've played.
Asked Mashrafe about his future whether he will continue to the 2019 World Cup? Mashrafe said he is not thinking the matter right now.
“I haven't decided. I mean, I'm still enjoying, so maybe, maybe not. You never know. I have not thought about it. So as long as I enjoy it, I'll keep playing,” he added.
India opening pair Rohit and Dhawan made a brisk start during run chase to demoralise Bangladesh bowlers. They also faced a lot of short balls on their way to a half century stand and tackled Bangladesh bowlers in matured way. Mashrafe also confessed it was a bad day for his bowlers.
Mashrafe also said a better team won the match in the end. "They played better cricket throughout. They began well and capitalised on that.”
“Actually I think 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. So already we know we gave two, three 4's in first two, three balls, come and bowled the short balls obviously the batters will be on top. So that's the way it doesn't work. We have to learn that sort of wicket, we have to bowl in the right areas as long as possible,” Mashrafe said.
“I think we have a good bowling attack. We always believe that, but sometimes it doesn't work, especially on that sort of wicket. Once you're bowling the second half it's always difficult, but as I said before that, we have to learn a bit more, to stop runs on that sort of wicket, because we can't just ask wicket all the time, especially against batting order like India. So I know we have to learn a little bit more how can we stop runs and put pressure on the opponents,” he added.