Updated: November 9, 2019 3:33:32 pm
After leading Bangladesh to a first-ever T20I win against India, Mahmudullah Riyad’s captaincy of the Shakib Al Hasan-less team reminded India seamer Irfan Pathan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s leadership.
In the first clash of the three-match series amid the smog of New Delhi, Bangladesh registered a seven-wicket victory over India, owing to a brilliant innings by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim. While many thought that Bangladesh would falter in the absence of their now-banned talisman, Shakib Al Hasan, the 33-year-old newly appointed captain dispelled such predictions.
“When you win a match against one of the best teams in the world, it helps in boosting your confidence and Mahmudullah had shown great qualities of a captain including the changes he made during the match,” said Pathan during a talk-show on Star Sports.
“There was a hint of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in his captaincy as he also used part-time bowlers after the powerplay which is a strategy often used by Dhoni,” he added.
However, the visitors couldn’t hold their own in the second match as the Rohit Sharma-led India levelled the series with an eight-wicket win in Rajkot. Now, with the series hanging in balance, Bangladesh will look to seal the series in the final T20I in Nagpur on Sunday, before embarking on their two-match Test series.
Although Bangladesh provided a superior batting performance in New Delhi, they failed to shine again as they managed to post a sub-par target of just 154 in the second outing. Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said the onus will be on Rahim again to lead the side with the bat in the series decider.
“Mushfiqur Rahim is a player with a lot of experience, his ability to play both spin and pace bowling is great and he has the maximum responsibility in the Bangladesh squad in terms of batting which gives him an edge over Mahmudullah, who is also a good player for the Bangladesh team,” Harbhajan said.
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