The confidence in the Bangladeshi camp is pretty much high after the maiden multination tournament victory. Bangladesh found winning trophies elusive over the years despite being one of the experienced sides in the cricketing circuit till last week. On May 17, the Asians won their maiden multilateral tournament in Ireland beating the West Indies in a rain-curtailed final. Bangladesh did not lose a single of their five matches played in the tournament. However, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza feels that it will be a complete different ball game in the upcoming World Cup.
Ranked seventh in the ICC ODI rankings, Bangladesh has seen steady growth as a cricketing unit over the years and came very close to winning tournaments. Last year, they lost two finals — of a T20I tri-series and the Asia Cup — narrowly to India. But the team now has a core group of accomplished senior players — Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah — and they have played a key role behind the team’s rise.
I have been working hard on my game
During a recent interview, Shakib Al Hasan revealed that he surely wishes that Bangladesh win the World Cup 2019 title. He mentioned that a lot of factors need to click together for that dream to come true. He noted that he has been working quite hard on his game during the recently concluded edition of the IPL. Shakib stated that that he gave it all in the practice sessions and focussed on trying to maximize the output.
“Personally, obviously I wish that Bangladesh win the trophy this time. But a lot of factors need to click together for that dream to be realized. While I didn’t play much in the IPL, I had been working hard on my game and was looking to prepare for the World Cup. Gave it my all in the practice sessions and tried to maximize the output in every training session,” quoted Shakib Al Hasan.
Further, Shakib Al Hasan, who overtook Rashid Khan to become the No.1 ranked all-rounder in ODI cricket in recent ICC Player’s Rankings, said that the tournament format enables every team to be favourites to win the title.
“India and England are obviously favourites, but that doesn’t get you the crown. You need to do the hard yards to win a tournament like the World Cup. Australia has been doing well recently and the West Indies have peaked at the right time. To be honest, all the teams look like they are ready for a fight. Depends who on that day does well,” Shakib added.