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Series win against Aussies a massive confidence booster

  • Samsul Arefin Khan
  • 11 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Series win against Aussies a massive confidence booster
Bangladesh cricketers celebrate after winning the fifth and final T20I match against Australia at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday. – AFP PHOTO

Bangladesh’s comprehensive series win against Australia has increased the confidence level of the players and they believed that they can replicate the same performance against other teams as well during their upcoming assignments.

The Tigers completed a 4-1 bashing over the Aussies in the five-match T20I series after bowling the visitors all out for their lowest ever total in T20Is - 62 runs in just 13.4 overs - in the series-concluding last match in Dhaka on Monday.

Bangladeshi bowlers exhibited an extraordinary bowling performance during the entire series and they hardly gave the opposition batters opportunities to put them under pressure in any circumstance.

Left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed was surely the find of the series for the Tigers as he claimed the highest eight wickets while pacer duo Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan finished the series with seven wickets each.

Although the Bangladeshi batters didn’t have a good time in the middle which remained as a matter of concern for the side ahead of their next few crucial series, the performances of their bowlers, which was supported by their fielders, were enough to register an emphatic series win over the Aussies.

“It feels really great when you perform and your team also wins. We have grown up watching the dominance of Australia in the cricketing world. Beating them and also in my early days in international cricket is a spectacular feeling,” pacer Shoriful said.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan, who played an unbeaten 22-run knock in the second match to help Bangladesh win the match by five wickets, believed that the series win against Australia would boost up their confidences.

“There were many firsts in the series. We won against Australia for the first time and later we also won the series. We had a really great time,” he said.

“I think our team needed such a big series win. The confidence will rise to lot higher as the series win came against Australia,” Nurul added.

All-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin was sidelined for the most part of the series due to the team combination and on Monday when he got the opportunity to showcase his talent, he claimed 3-12 in his three overs to tear apart Australia’s middle order.

“Playing against Australia was a dream since childhood. I got a chance in World Cup (in 2019) but I couldn’t play due to an injury,” he said.

“I want to make the match a memorable one when I got the opportunity to play (fifth T20I). Beating a team like Australia is really a massive achievement for us,” added Saifuddin.

Meanwhile, former Bangladesh national team skipper Mashrafe Mortaza also praised his former teammates for their tremendous results against the Aussies.

He also thanked the Australian team to pay a visit to Bangladesh at such a time when the whole country is struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.

“I only have a question to Cricket Australia, will you shake hands or not in the next series? If it stays like this then it’s okay otherwise it’ll look odd to behave differently to one another” Mashrafe said in his official Facebook account.

“But of course you (Australia) deserve a big thanks as you come in such difficult time and entertain us…Those who are coming next, please bring some amulets with you for the Bangladesh tour and wickets,” he added.