Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah received a lot of criticism in the recent past due to the ongoing ‘emotional’ saga in the national team dressing room.
The drama began when Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo came up with a unique split-keeping formula that literally forced Mushfiqur Rahim to quit keeping in the shortest format.
Mahmudullah later informed that Mushfiqur had taken everything sportingly and was ready to keep wickets in the third and fourth game.
However, after the third match where Mushfqur didn’t keep wickets as per plan, Domingo informed that Mushfiqur decided not to keep wickets in the shortest format.
Many felt all these things could be handled in a more professional way and skipper Mahmudullah can’t escape from taking the blame on his shoulder as he’s expected to be a bridge between players and the team management and should be well aware of what works for different individuals in the dressing room.
If the Mushfiqur incident is taken as a one-off incident there was more to come and that too in a big way when the whole nation was stunned after Tamim Iqbal decided to withdraw from the upcoming ICC World T20.
There was an allegation that behaviour of coach and captain that suggested they were in two minds regarding picking Tamim during the selection meeting which got leaked to Tamim at some point instigated the opener to take such a decision.
However, on the field, Mahmudullah didn’t fail to lead his team from the front against New Zealand as his unbeaten 43 off 48-ball innings helped the Tigers to clinch their maiden T20I series win over the Kiwis during the fourth match of the series.
It was also the first time Bangladesh went on to win three successive T20I series victories against Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand respectively and all these came under the leadership of Mahmudullah.
Mahmudullah is now the most successful Bangladesh T20 skipper with 13 wins in 26 matches and he surpassed Mashrafe Mortaza’s highest 10-match winning record as a skipper during the same series.
Mahmudullah’s captaincy looked to have improved a lot over the recent months and the way he handled his bowlers only speaks volumes of improvement as a leader ready to take every available option.
Nasum Ahmed, who picked the man of the match award with his career-best 4-10 that included two maidens, admitted that Mahmudullah doesn’t put him in any pressure during the power-play.
“I’m now used to bowling in the power-play. I’m not asked to bring a wicket when handed the ball. I’m just asked to bowl like myself and I try to give away few runs and as many dot balls as possible in the power-play,” said Nasum after the match.