Despite his proven credentials as the captain of the Bangladesh ODI side, and his utility as a seamer in the team, a question mark hovered over Mashrafe Mortaza ahead of the one-day series against the Windies, reports Cricbuzz.
“There is nothing like I have to answer anyone. If I did badly people would have talked [about it] and that is very natural. I am playing for 18 years so it is not a fact that my focus will be distracted quite easily. I am preparing myself for the last couple of days and focused on landing the ball where I wanted to. But again there was nothing like I wanted to answer anyone,” said Mortaza, who added that he isn’t yet a 100 per cent as far as his fitness is concerned.
“I am carrying the injury that I sustained from the Zimbabwe series. So it is not that I am at my best because I have grabbed three wickets. Along the way I have added a hamstring injury that I don’t have normally. So I am not physically far better than what I was during the Zimbabwe series,” he said.
“I think the wicket is such (that it was difficult for batting) and low scoring matches (usually) turn out to be this way. But Mushfiqur batted well and as did Liton while Shakib’s innings was important. I think we scored pretty quickly from 90 to 130 runs and that helped a lot.
“We have the same planning for every match and that is to play 100 per cent cricket so that we can make sure to win the match. After winning, a lot of things get ignored – like we missed a couple of catches or we could have won the match losing only three wickets as there was no pressure of scoring – but these are all part of the game,” said Mortaza.
“We took four openers as Soumya is someone who can bat down the order. It was tough to drop Mithun as he was batting well recently but we picked Soumya as Shakib came down at number five. The other thing is that if there is some dew, Soumya can bowl a few overs (of medium pace), if the spinners find it difficult to grip the ball. Soumya also has the ability to play some shots down the order, though I am not saying Mithun does not have that.
“Mithun is very much in our plans, but for today, we also had to consider right-left combination. I think the ideal place for Soumya is at top or number three but his ability to bat down the order (is an added advantage). I have spoken with Mithun as he was very unlucky but honestly speaking, we are planning to have three out of the four openers in the playing XI and in that case the scenario will be different,” explained Mortaza.