khaskhabar.com : Saturday, September 16, 2023 1:41 PM
Colombo Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha was happy with the team’s win against India in the Asia Cup, saying the six-match win over India is a must for his team to get a great end to their Asia Cup campaign ahead of next month’s Men’s ODI World Cup. Winning by runs is a big thing.
Following half-centuries from captain Shakib Al Hasan and Tauheed Hridoy, the lower-order batsmen collectively scored 87 runs to take Bangladesh to 265/8, with Tanzim Hasan Shakib taking 2/32 on debut, while Mustafizur Rahman took three wickets. The spin attack of four players took advantage of the turn and bounce from the pitch and bowled out India for 259 runs.
Hathurusingha said in the post-match press conference, “This win against India is huge for us before a tournament like the World Cup. It gives us a lot of confidence, especially considering what happened in this tournament. We are really looking forward to the Asia Cup.” “We did well in the U.S., but, to be honest, we struggled to put together a collective effort.”
“As I said earlier, I am not making any excuses, but we played in different conditions like Kandy and Lahore, then returned to play on this wicket. At crucial times, we faced injuries and fitness issues. “
He said, “The pleasing thing for me is that we are looking at the depth of our other players and giving three players a chance to showcase their talent. We are thinking about the World Cup selection and this allows us to choose 15 players. Provides considerable depth to the
He was also impressed by fast bowler Tanzim Hasan Shakib’s impressive ODI debut, where he dismissed Rohit Sharma and Tilak Verma cheaply in addition to scoring an unbeaten 14 in a lower-order fightback, making a strong case for him for World Cup selection.
“I don’t think Tanzeem Saqib has hurt his chances. He was actually up for World Cup selection. As of now, we were looking to stick with our four fast bowlers, especially with Ibadat being unavailable. But Tanzim showed us his abilities. I am confident in trusting him or selecting him for the World Cup squad. I don’t think he can jeopardize his chances.”
Asked if Bangladesh were close to finalizing their 15-man World Cup squad, Hathurusingha chose not to give much hints. “No, I didn’t get many answers from this win. Luckily I got some, and we have another series coming up (against New Zealand at home).”
“As I said, our main concern is not getting good starts in most of the matches. It is not easy to play in these conditions as most teams struggle when the ball turns more. But some of the boys performed admirably.”
He said, “The contribution of the tail batsmen really gave us a fighting chance. At one stage our score was 190 runs for seven wickets, so this change in performance with the runs of the tail batsmen gave us the opportunity to stay in the match for a long time.” Gave a chance.” (IANS)
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