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Champions Trophy 2017: Bangladesh Needs to Be Mentally Stronger in Future, Says Mashrafe Mortaza

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 15, 2017, 10:50 PM IST
Champions Trophy 2017: Bangladesh Needs to Be Mentally Stronger in Future, Says Mashrafe Mortaza

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Birmingham: Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has said that his team needs to me mentally stronger in the future following their thrashing at the hands of India in the Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday.

India completed a resounding nine-wicket victory as Bangladesh players failed to live upto their potential and were found wanting in all departments of the game against the defending champions.

"We have some experienced players who would come in strongly next time. We need to be mentally strong. Skill wise we are fine but when you are playing a game like this, you need to be mentally strong," said the Bangladesh skipper after the end of the match.

"We have repeated these mistakes often in big matches. This was a match where we should have scored 330 but ended up scoring 264. We need to get mentally tough in these situations and when we come back next time, may be correct mistakes," he added.

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Mortaza also said that they were easily 60-70 runs short on this wicket and stressed that they were on their way to achieve their target but wickets in the middle overs proved to be costly.

"We always knew it is going to be a very difficult match. The way Tamim and Musfiqur batted and the way Sabbir started his innings, it didn't seem like we were feeling the pressure. But once we started to lose wickets in the middle overs, it became difficult from there," Mortaza said.

According to the Bangladesh skipper, the turning point of the match came when Kedar Jadhav was introduced into the attack by India. The part-time spinner ended the innings with figures of 2/22, and he also got rid of two set batsmen in Tamim Iqbal (71) and Musfiqur Rahim (61).

"We should have put on a bigger total. The way that Tamim and Musfiqur were dismissed by a part-time bowler (Kedar Jadhav), it became difficult for us. When they were at the crease, we were at the top. It could have been easily in the region of 330 or 340 but after the wickets fell, it was always difficult to reach 300," he added.

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Talking about their bowling, Moztaza backed their strategy of bowling short deliveries to unnerve the Indian batsmen, but the reason it didn't work was because the bowlers didn't hit the ball in the right areas.

"I think we didn't bowl in the right areas. When you don't bowl into the right areas, the short ball isn't as effective. If we bowl in the right areas, then only the short balls will count. We have to learn how to bowl in the right areas on these kind of wickets," Mortaza said.

When questioned about his future, Mortaza said that he is still enjoying is game and would like to continue playing for the country till he feels this way.

"I am still enjoying my game. I haven't thought about retirement yet. Till the time I am enjoying my game, I will keep on continuing," he said.
First Published: June 15, 2017, 10:46 PM IST

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