Chittagong Vikings depart with heads high

Atif Azam

4th February, 2019 10:58:38 printer

Chittagong Vikings depart with heads high

Dhaka Dynamites spinner Sunil Narine celebrates after taking a wicket against Chittagong Vikings during their Bangladesh Premier League match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital on Monday. — reaz ahmed sumon

Chittagong Vikings’ superlative run in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) ended as they lost to Dhaka Dynamites by 6 wickets in the qualifier at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday.

Vikings can surely leave the tournament with their heads held high as they came this far despite being considered underdogs at the start of BPL.

Though they failed to match up against Dynamites in the qualifier as the home team out played them in all three departments but this failure can’t take their achievement by any means as they ran through some big teams on the back of collective effort.

“We certainly had the belief that we can achieve something in this BPL,” Mushfiqur told reporters during the post-match press conference at Mirpur on Monday.

“We were not considered a big force on paper but we had the faith that we can do it,” he said.  “We did not play with any pressure and that probably played a big part in our advancement,” he added.

Mushfiqur stated that he was impressed with some of their local performers but insisted that some of their foreign recruits did not perform as per their expectations.

Batsman Yasir Ali can be considered a revelation in the tournament along with pace bowler Mohammad Khaled and Naeem Hasan for the franchise but on the same note Sikandar Raza and Cameron Delport remained a shadow of their past.

“I think Yasir played really well but if he could perform in the same manner till the end it would have served us better,” said Mushfiqur.

“But some of our foreign recruits just did not meet our expectations for example Sikandar Raza played well for us last year and we retained him for that reason but he failed to perform. Delport performed well in the previous year for Dynamites but could not meet our expectations this season,” he said adding that he was pretty impressed with the way Robbie Frylinck performed for them in the tournament.

Mushfiqur added that they he doesn’t agree that they lost the momentum in their home town where they lost three matches on a trot before winning against Dynamites to book a berth in the final following their five wins from opening six games.

“I don’t think we lost the momentum there. Probably the wicket in Dhaka suited us better than that of Chittagong because if you consider our strength it was more favorable for us,” said Mushfiqur.

Vikings managed to get hold of their skipper Mushfiqur after he was allocated to the Vikings for the ongoing edition of the BPL just few minutes before the draft process kicked off on a rather peculiar note on October 28.

No franchise was interested to get him onboard after Rajshahi Kings released him due to the fact that he failed to end the BPL journey on a happy note especially with the way he parted with Barisal Bulls.

However, this time round it seemed he enjoyed every moment in the Vikings camp where he led from the front to take them to the last four scoring 426 runs from 13 matches with an average of 35 runs that featured a staggering strike rate of 139.

“You feel bad when you cannot take your franchise to the last four and it was the case in the last two editions and apart from that there is nothing much into it,” said Mushfiqur.

“As far as my performance is concerned I don’t research about it. I just try to give my best in the field,” he said. 

“It’s up to you (people) to judge how I performed,” he concluded.