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Mushfiq wants to leave behind 2016 T20 World Cup debacle

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  • 2 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Mushfiq wants to leave behind 2016 T20 World Cup debacle
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim (second right) holds a T-Shirt during the launching ceremony of his own mobile game app at a city hotel in the capital on Friday. – SUN PHOTO

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim on Friday said that he wanted to leave behind the 2016 T20 World Cup anguish and made important contributions for his side during the upcoming T20 World Cup.

The Tigers’ painful defeat against India during the previous T20 World Cup Super 10 match in India is still quite fresh in memory as Bangladesh only needed two runs off the final three balls to knock the hosts out of the tournament

Unfortunately both Mushfiq and Mahmudullah – two set Bangladeshi batsmen lost their cool and threw their wickets with impatient strokes in the final over and the Tigers later suffered a painful one-run defeat against India in the match.

“The difference between present and 2016 is that the beards have grown a little. I also lost some hair. But as a cricketer, I learn from every match I play,” Mushfiq told reporters during launching his own mobile game app at a city hotel.

“I also try to improve myself everyday. I can only give Bangladesh a lot when I improve myself to that level. I always try to contribute as much as I can because it is my responsibility as a senior cricketer.

“No matter how many times we played in the T20 World Cup, it is a great opportunity for us to have a very good consistent performance in the T20,” he added.

Mushfiqur said that the recent successive series victories boosted up their confidence to do well in the global meet and he was also happy with the preparations of the World Cup.

“Since we have won the last three series - two at home and one away, it gave us a huge boost ahead of the world cup. It is not easy to do well in T20 consistently. That’s why I am eagerly waiting for such an exciting tournament. Of course, I will try to do better this time than previous World Cups and contribute much to the team’s victory.” Mushfiq added.

“No matter how much I practice individually or with the team, the real preparation does not come up unless you play a match.  So I was trying when I got a chance to play with a lot of quality players against the HP team. There was also some pressure as well. So I was looking for this opportunity,” said Mushfiqur, who recently made fifties in both the matches he played for Bangladesh A against HP Unit.

“Credit should be given to the BCB who gave me the opportunity and I played two matches. I think I spent some good times there which were useful for my T20 World Cup preparation.” Mushfiqur added.