Despite the harrowing loss against India in the last
match, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was in high spirits
ahead of their final World Twenty20 match against New Zealand, scheduled
to be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata today
It was a press briefing meant for Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin
Mortaza's thoughts on the next game against New Zealand but it was
invariably dominated by a discussion centering that heart-breaking
one-run defeat against India in Bangalore.
"We have lost many games but we have not lost a game like that
[against India]. We understand how painful that defeat was for everybody
in our country. We will try not to make the same mistakes again and do
something better in tomorrow's [Sunday's] game against New Zealand.
Obviously we will try to play our best cricket and if possible win it,"
was how Mashrafe responded to the first question at the Eden Gardens
Head-to-Head in WT20
Bangladesh Played New Zealand 0 1 1
IN ALL T20Is
0 3 3
Last meeting November 6 2013 in Dhaka: Bangladesh lost by 15 runs.
"I don't have any explanation [behind the defeat
to India] and I'm sure nobody can explain that in our team. If you lose
by one run you can easily find many faults for that in fielding or in
batting. We have never been in such a situation on the big stage; this
was something new for us. But I will not say it's because of a lack of
experience. We have quite a good number of players with us who have
played the last World Cup. The most important thing is that we learn
from this so that we can win even tougher games," the Bangladesh captain
continued as questions focusing on the Bangalore game continued to be
Asked when he was going to retire from T20s, he responded briefly.
"I will think over it once I return home," he said.
"Against Pakistan we lost badly, but in the last two games against
Australia and India we played well. If we can take positives from the
last two games I think we will be able to get a good result from
tomorrow's [today's] game. They [New Zealand] are a good team and have
adjusted to these conditions very well. But we have nothing to lose and
if we think like that we can do something better," he said while
explaining his team's chances against the Kiwis.
But the Bangladesh captain looked a bit uncomfortable when asked if
they should be a little less emotional on the field as a team.
"Yes, you are right. But emotion is something which varies from
person to person. Emotion does help sometimes and it's been working for
us. I don't know how to answer exactly," said Mashrafe.
When asked how they were trying to get to terms with that emotional
shockwave, Mashrafe said: "Very simple. It's true that everyone is in a
state of shock. No one is blaming anybody and at the same time it is
very difficult accept it. But as a player we should move forward from
here. I have told everybody after the match that this is not the end. We
might not come across that same situation again but we will have to be
alert in the future. My clear message is that we have another
international match in hand so let's focus on that."
He said that despite the three defeats the Tigers have performed very well in different Indian conditions.
"If you look at the past records I think we are heading to a good
position. T20 is a kind of game where there are particular players who
are vital in certain positions in a game. We were missing those players
before but some new players coming into the team are now filling those
voids. I believe we will be a completely different team before the next
World Cup," said a confident Bangladesh captain.