Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Taskin bemoans team's batting problems after World Cup exit. Bangladesh were bowled out for 84 in the clash against South Africa.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 84 in the clash against South Africa.
Bangladesh pace bowler Taskin Ahmed believes that the batting unit's lack of confidence hurt the team in the ongoing T20 WC. Bangladesh were knocked out of the semi-final race after a humbling defeat to South Africa following a pedestrian batting performance.
Bangladesh's batters couldn't withstand the Rabada-Nortje onslaught and were bowled out for just 84 runs in 18.2 overs — their third-lowest total in a T20 WC match – that effectively ended their chances in the match.
The performance was in keeping with a trend of batting failures over the course of this World Cup. They made 140/9 against Scotland, 153 all-out against Oman,124/9 against England, 139/5 against the West Indies before today's 84 all-out.
“Our batting unit probably is low in confidence. At the end of the day, runs are a factor in T20s. We didn't have regular big totals,” Taskin told reporters on Tuesday.
“It could have been a different story if we made even 120 or 125. I think today's wicket was different. The ball was seaming. There was off-the-pitch movement in both innings. They took nearly 14 overs to score 85 runs.
“It's not that we don't have the skill (to do well in T20) but it's just not happening somehow. We haven't played according to our potential. We are better than this. We lost games that we were supposed to win. Maybe we are not as good as other T20 sides, but even then we didn't play up to our potential. I think we could have played better than this.
“Losing is not fun. Nobody wants to lose. We had great expectations, but we couldn't play up to those expectations. All the criticism is quite natural. We have to accept it. But we have to get over it before the next match, or the next series,” he added.
Bangladesh arrived at the World Cup high on confidence following series wins over Australia and New Zealand on low and slow wickets but the confidence garnered on those wickets hardly bore fruits at UAE and Oman.
Taskin admitted that it would have been better if they have opted to play in sporting wickets at home.
“We encountered sporting wickets in the World Cup, much different from Mirpur. We are hopeful of better wickets in the future. It will improve our bowling and batting. Regardless of the result, it will help us ahead of big tournaments,” said Taskin.
“We just want to give back one win for the country,” he added, pointing his fingers towards the team's last game against Australia, scheduled for November 4.