Bangladesh succumbed to a disappointing 94-run loss in their last game at the ICC World Cup 2019 against Pakistan at the Lord’s and the skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is disheartened on not being able to lend support to Shakib Al Hasan. While Shakib remained an outstanding performer for Bangladesh in the ongoing edition that saw him reach several individual milestones, he hardly got any support from his teammates as Bangladesh ended their journey with just three wins in the tournament.
Even against Pakistan in their last game of the World Cup at Lord's, Shakib showed his consistency with another half-century, his seventh fifty-plus knock in eight games.
I have no regrets for me
Mashrafe, who was playing his last World Cup match said that he didn't have any regrets for himself, but that Bangladesh should have complemented Shakib better, who was outstanding throughout the tournament, finishing with 606 runs and picking up 11 wickets.
"I have no regrets [for me]," said Mashrafe after the match on Friday (July 5). "At this moment, I am feeling sad for Shakib really. The way he played I think our team deserves to go a little bit further if I say more clearly in the semifinal. When a player of a team performs like this, normally that team should play in the semifinal. Unfortunately, that didn't happen somehow. Maybe we didn't click at some crucial points in this tournament."
Mashrafe also expressed his disappointment with Bangladesh's fielding throughout the tournament and added that their bowling was pretty ordinary too. So much so that their batsmen's valiant effort hardly managed to mask the weaknesses of the bowling unit.
Bangladesh's fielding was a major area of concern as they had failed to grab their chances. Right from missing the run-out of Kane Williamson, to dropping Jason Roy, Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam against New Zealand, England, India and Pakistan respectively, they paid dearly for those missed chances. And their ground fielding always allowed the opponents to add 20 -30 runs to their total.
"We missed some catches when we needed to take them, we bowled badly when we needed to bowl well, we didn't step up in these areas," said Mortaza. "Obviously, little things make a huge difference, that's for sure. And a few catches were dropped obviously.