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Didn’t want pain of losing another close T20I game, says Mushfiqur Rahim

Bangladesh won the first T20I of the three-match series without the presence of key players Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan in the side.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: November 4, 2019 4:07:00 pm
Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim, plays a shot during the first T20 cricket match against India (PTI Photo)

Mushfiqur Rahim has been a part of all the T20I matches Bangladesh have played against India over the decade, since their first clash in T20I World Cup 2009 in Nottingham. Bangladesh had lost each and every of the last T20I matches despite sniffing victory on two occasions. However, the script changed on Sunday as Rahim’s unbeaten knock of 60 from 43 deliveries helped Bangladesh win their first-ever T20I against India on Sunday.

Bangladesh won the first T20I of the three-match series without the presence of key players Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan in the side. The wicketkeeper-batsman termed the last two weeks as difficult as Hasan was banned from international cricket for two years by ICC.

“We have had a lot of close games against India. So we promised ourselves that the next time we go into such a phase of the game, we don’t want to lose,” Rahim said in the post-match press conference.

The players’ protest against the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) followed by a ban on Hasan for breaching anti-corruption code took a toll on Rahim.

“Before I left Bangladesh, I had said that everything can come on right track if we win some matches. That’s what we have done and we will try continue this form.”

“We have learned a lot from those last two games against India that went into the last over, so we discussed on how we can overcome those moments. I was telling Riyad bhai (Mahmudullah) that let’s win in singles and doubles rather than going for big hits.”

“I think we have nothing to lose coming into this game and also in this whole series. so that gave the freedom to play to our potential and fearless cricket.”

The 32-year-old is the second-highest run-scorer for Bangladesh against India in T20Is. He termed it as a great moment for Bangladesh cricket as they begin the tour with a win.

“It is a great moment for Bangladesh. We didn’t win before against them in T20 form before. We are missing couple of our key players but they way young players sticked together and the way bowlers bowled on this track specially against India, it’s outstanding.”

“I am trying my level best to improve as a cricketer. I am trying to learn each and every day, and want to do more for Bangladesh,” Rahim added.

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