Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said that they have grown up the self-belief of beating any team in the world, particularly in the shortest format of the game, on their day.
The Tigers recently defeated Australia by a 4-1 margin to earn their maiden series win over the visitors in a bilateral series and thus also proved their credentials in the shortest format.
“I really think we have a very nice T20 team. We still have a lot of work to do but there is a really good sign of a good T20 side. In T20 cricket, anybody can beat anybody on the day. I suppose our bowlers are really good and we know these conditions well.
“We have played a bit of T20 cricket coming from Zimbabwe and got a bit of confidence there because of some good performances. And obviously, Bangladesh have a good record in Bangladesh.
“We still have another five games to go. The biggest thing you can take out of these particular series is players can get the confidence they can beat anybody on the day which is a big thing. Confidence in cricket is very important.
“We still know we need to improve on a lot of departments in our T20 cricket. But look if you can win against quality sides in tough conditions, it shows the team is doing something right,” he added.
The South African claimed that their recent series win against Australia enhanced their confidence and they are looking to carry the momentum.
“The main thing is to focus on the sort of cricket that we played and the result will look after itself. If we play good cricket, then we get a chance,” he added.
Domingo also backed Soumya Sarkar despite the left-hander having a poor run against the Aussies during their home series. Bangladesh team management showed a lot of faith in Soumya by giving him the opportunity to play all five T20I matches against Australia.
Before coming to the series against Australia, Soumya scored 126 runs with two fifties during the three-match T20I series against Zimbabwe in Harare last month and was adjudged man of the series in Bangladesh’s 2-1 triumph over the hosts.
Soumya played the first four matches as an opener where he made 2, 0, 2 and 8 runs respectively while in the last game he was demoted down the order at number four but could only make 16 runs in 18 balls to finish the series with 28 runs in five innings.
“Australia got a very good bowling attack. Hazlewood and Starc are two of the best bowlers in the world and it was a very difficult pitch to bat on,” he said.
“I know only after two games, people were criticising Soumya. But two games before, he was the man of the series. It’s impossible to score runs every single day. I hope we can support the players a bit more and I don’t want to drop everybody for not getting runs in one or two games. This is my perspective of what I see,” he added.