Mash expects happy ending of successful cricketing year
Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza roared gallantly during the pre-math press-meet on Saturday that they want to give farewell to 2018 by clinching the title of the very last series of the successful year for them.
Bangladesh will take on visiting Windies in the three-match ODI series from today. Rest two matches are scheduled to be held on December 11 and 14 respectively.
Tigers played 17 ODI matches this year which includes a tri-nation tournament and the six-nation Asia Cup. They won 12 times against five defeats, while they registered four wins from 13 T20i appearances.
Bangladesh played the final of Tri-nation series in January at home against Sri Lanka followed Nidhahas Trophy final in Sri Lanka and Asia Cup ultimate in the UAE, both against India. But all three trophies slipped thru their hand. They also win couple of bilateral series against Windies and Zimbabwe covering all the formats.
Mashrafe citing the track record of the year said, "We have a very good success rate this year except the defeats in two finals. If we could win either of the two finals, specially the Asia Cup final, it would be even better for us."
"We are expecting to have successful finish of the last series of the year," he added.
"Tough challenges are waiting for us from the very beginning of the next year. So, if we can have good finish in this year, next year must go well," the farsighted leader included more.
Injury created many sufferings for Bangladesh. They had to play the very high voltage Asia Cup final keeping their sharpest weapons duo, Shakib and Tamim, at the side bench. The two southpaw Tigers also missed the home series against Zimbabwe. Bangladesh tent, thus, must be boost-up with Shakib and Tamim's return then!
"Inclusion of Shakib-Tamim means a great advantage for the team. He (Tamim) was fabulous in the practice match, which is obviously created comfort for him and so for us," the captain retorted.
Tamim got brilliant ton in his welcome innings during practice match, it might increase Tamim's confident and indicates his rhythmic return. The professional leader, however, like to think more rationally. "Tamim got century in practice match, it doesn't meant that he'll play an outstanding innings in the next one. It takes some times to adapt with after comeback from injury. Shakib possibly has equipped playing the Test series," he clarified.
Mashrafe, 35, is at the verge of his 200th ODI participation. How he feels? "I was not aware of that. As I said earlier, things don't touch me and are not much important to me as well. Important is to win tomorrow's match. I am feeling good that I am going to play at least 200th ODI match. One day people will say that you have played 200 matches for Bangladesh. It's of course, an achievement," the legend articulated.
Bangladesh swept Zimbabwe cleanly last month but Mash was gloomy throughout the series. Will he get him back against Caribbeans? "I carried injury from the Asia Cup that affect in Zimbabwe series. I am practicing and expecting to have all-well series against Windies." Narail express concluded.