Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Mithun said on Saturday that he is waiting for his time to come in the ongoing ICC World Cup 219.
Mithun, who was playing at number five, was replaced by Liton Das in the playing eleven recently and the latter seized the opportunity by scoring unbeaten 96 runs against West Indies.Though Liton failed to score anything similar against Australia it is unlikely that he will be replaced against Afghanistan, unless there is an injury issue.
“I am looking at it in a positive manner (the competition at number five),” Mithun told reporters at Southampton on Saturday.
“Liton has played really well. He contributed for the team in our win and even in the last match he was batting really well,’’ he said.
“My job now is to keep myself prepared because at anytime I might be needed. So, I am practicing and hope to do my job properly if the opportunity arises,” he added.
Mithun added that they should be careful against Afghanistan as they are expected to dominate against their Asian neighbour unlike the match against Australia where they played with the mindset of nothing to lose.
“I think we should be careful. When we lost to Australia one could easily accept that because they are a team above us. Everyone is expecting we should win but every match is equally important to us, certainly we come to the field to win, but in this match we should be more careful,” said Mithun adding that they are expecting the crowd to back them.“It was expected that there will be Bangladeshi audience at England supporting Bangladesh but God bless we did not expect this much. It brings a huge advantage for us,” he said.
Mithun is confident that Bangladesh team has enough quality in their batting line up to handle Afghan spinners. Afghanistan has some quality spinners in their bowling line up, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi. They all are quality spinners and renowned all over the World. But Mithun believes its in Tigers’ genes to play spin well, and Bangladeshi batsmen have the skills and confidence to do so.
“Bangladesh has always played spin really well, even though Afghanistan has some World Class spinners but when you get into a rhythm in batting whatever you may face be it spin or pace adjusting to it is not that hard. Actually, batting is all about confidence when a batsman has peace of mind he can adjust to it,” said Mithun.
Statistics also reinforced Mithun’s claim that Bangladesh plays spin well. In this ongoing ICC World Cup, Bangladesh just lost five wickets against spinners in their first five matches. In those matches, they played quality spinners like Imran Tahir, Adil Rashid, Adam Zampa and Mitchel Santner.
Bangladesh’s batting has also been in good nick in this World cup. Bangladesh scored three 300+ scores in their first five matches. They chased down 321 runs against West Indies and scored 333 runs against Australia in a lost cause. Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is the second highest run-getter of this World Cup with two back to back centuries. Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has also scored a century in the last match against Australia.
Bangladesh will face Afghanistan in their seventh World cup match at Southampton. Bangladesh is currently at the fifth position of the point table with five points and Afghanistan are at the bottom of the table with no points. It’s a must-win game for Bangladesh if they want to progress into the semi-final.