Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Mushfiqur hopes Bangladesh carry recent T20I momentum into World Cup. Mushfiqur Rahim also reckoned he was happy to adapt based on the role the team wanted him to play
Mushfiqur Rahim also reckoned he was happy to adapt based on the role the team wanted him to play
Mushfiqur Rahim expects Bangladesh to carry forward their T20 momentum from recent series wins to hold them in good stead in the showpiece event in UAE and Oman, starting October 17. Bangladesh start in the first round, and need to progress as one of the top two sides to make it to the Super 12s.
“Since we have won the last three series – two at home and one away, it gave us a huge boost ahead of the World Cup. It is not easy to do well in T20 consistently. That's why I am eagerly waiting for such an exciting tournament,” Mushfiqur said at an event on Friday.
“No matter how many times we played in the T20 WC, it is a great opportunity for us to have a very good consistent performance in the T20,” he added.
While he hopes for the team to ride on the highs, Mushfiqur himself is short of match practice and confidence after he'd skipped the series against Zimbabwe for personal reasons, and then had to sit out of the five T20Is against Australia for not making it to the 10-day quarantine on time. Mushfiqur returned in the series against New Zealand, but managed just 39 runs in five innings.
The right-handed batsman opted to play for Bangladesh A against High Performance Unit to regain some confidence in the build-up to the World Cup, and did that to some extent making fifties in both the games.
“No matter how much I practice individually or with the team, the real preparation does not come up unless you play a match. So I was trying when I got a chance to play with a lot of quality players against the HP team. There was some pressure as well. So I was looking for this opportunity,” Mushfiqur said.
“Credit should be given to the BCB who gave me the opportunity and I played two matches. I think I spent some good times there which were useful for my T20 WC preparation,” he said.
Mushfiqur, who conveyed to Domingo during the New Zealand series that he wasn't willing to keep wickets in T20s anymore, will be expected to level up and be more influential with the bat during the big tournament.
“If the combination of the team is different you have to adapt with it. I always say that I want to adjust to the roles to fill the demand of the team and now if they expect more from me in batting I will try to do that,” he said.
“I just want to focus my role to make contribution behind team's victory and I think the team is definitely bigger than one individual,” he added.