Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said clean sweep against Zimbabwe will help to lift his team’s confidence, report agencies. In a post match award giving ceremony Mashrafe said, “Coming back from Asia cup, we had a lot of confidence. The dressing room confidence was also very high and I think it was phenomenal. We have been decent with the ball and it is a good wicket and today we played with our inexperienced bowling line-up, but still to restrict them to 286 was a good effort. I hope our Test team does well in the coming series.”
Mashrafe also said team’s bowling need to improve after Zimbabwe posted a challenging target. “We have to make more progress in bowling. I need to do it as wel. We lost some rhythm during the middle over’s. But we were on the right track. The bowlers did well, to restrict them to 285 runs.
Meanwhile, Neil McKenzie, Bangladesh’s batting consultant, is pleased with the way the Bangladesh top order has coped in the absence of a couple of their star players while he stressed on the importance maintaining consistency with the likelihood of a fierce competition for spots in the near future. With Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal not featuring in the series against Zimbabwe, Imrul Kayes, Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar made the most of their opportunities. Kayes scored two centuries and a 90 in the three ODIs against Zimbabwe, while Liton, who struck a century in the Asia Cup final against India, also made 83 in the second game.
“I would like to see similar consistency. Training hard and prepare for specific conditions and bowlers,” McKenzie said after Bangladesh clean-swept the ODI series on Friday (October 26). “When you have a lot of competition for places, you have to be consistent. It is no use getting a hundred and then nought, nought, five, seven. If you just look outside the squad and the guys who didn’t get to bat today, just look at how much batting you got. There’s a lot of batting coming through. There are options with the ball.
“It is all about competitions for places. It would make selection a little bit tricky. You have to select what’s best for the team, and you have to bind. The squad members, who haven’t played, have been phenomenal off the field, in terms of their energy level.”
McKenzie said that the responsibility was on the seniors to guide the youngsters in the team. “The senior guys were junior guys. I think the junior guys get a bad rap. The senior guys have the job to show the youngsters the way to go through. The youngsters will be slightly inconsistent but the senior guys have to show them how to get through that period. I am very excited about the competition for places and the big hundreds that have been happening in the domestic and international scene,” said McKenzie.
While the Bangladesh batsmen have often been criticised for their inability to clear the fence in limited-overs cricket, they showcased a good amount of fire-power in this series, which has pleased McKenzie. The batting consultant was especially impressed with the way Mohammad Mithun has been shaping up for the team. “Mithun has been good. He scored some vital 60s and 70s in the Asia Cup. He is showing some glimpses where he can be. He is playing Tests now. The coaching staff has good faith in him. I think he is a tremendous hitter of the ball,” he pointed out.