Bangladesh v India, 2nd ODI, Mirpur June 17, 2014

Mushfiqur apologises for 'shameful' defeat


Mushfiqur Rahim has apologised to Bangladesh fans for his team's "shameful" 47-run defeat in the second ODI against India. Chasing 106, Bangladesh were demolished for 58, blowing their chance to level the three-match series and extending their losing streak to nine games.

Having dismissed India for 105, their lowest total against Bangladesh, the home side were 44 for 2 in the 12th over with debutant Mithun Ali and Mushfiqur batting with purpose. They then lose eight wickets for 14 runs.

"I don't have an explanation for this defeat," Mushfiqur said. "All I can say is that we had a very good opportunity. There cannot be anything more shameful, so I apologise to the nation on behalf of the team.

"A lot of problems can be identified after such a defeat. Maybe we are trying hard, but I don't know what is exactly going wrong. We will discuss our problems tomorrow, but I think if this were our second team, they would have played better cricket. It is very disappointing."

Mushfiqur said most of the batsmen lacked the mental strength to battle it out on a difficult pitch or during a testing period. The Mirpur surface had extra pace and bounce, but it was movement and a persistent line and length that worked for Stuart Binny and Mohit Sharma.

"There can be a lot of questions. We were set in the crease but we couldn't finish the game," Mushfiqur said. "We had to try as hard as we usually do but our batsmen didn't show the mental toughness required in the middle. When they bowled two or three good overs, we played the wrong shots, which caused the defeat.

Bangladesh's bowlers also had success on the surface. Taskin Ahmed became the first Bangladesh bowler to take a five-wicket haul on debut, and Mashrafe Mortaza and Al-Amin Hossain bowled tightly from the other end.

"Taskin and Mashrafe bhai bowled very well. Al-Amin tried very hard," Mushfiqur said. "Mithun and I were batting quite well too, but I don't know what happened all of a sudden. Nothing can be worse than this and I didn't expect such poor cricket."

Mushfiqur was questioned on Tamim Iqbal's prolonged run of poor form and his choice of shots off the first two balls of the chase. He had hit the first for four and was dismissed off the second. Mushfiqur defended the opener but hinted that it might be time for change.

"Maybe it was his plan to play attacking, but he should have judged the wicket," Mushfiqur said. "A 30 or 40 from him would have made a difference but as I said, the approach may be good but the application is not there.

"It has been long and things haven't happened for us. So maybe now the management might think of a change, which could bring about a better balanced team."

Towards the end of the press conference, the BCB media manager had called for the last three questions. Mushfiqur finished them with a relieved, "that's all," but there was one more question. There will be more in the coming days.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • wraith7520653 on March 25, 2017, 18:16 GMT

    making this statement in 2017, i feel Bangladesh has come a long way.. in terms of improving there performance... seen by the way they reacted to the win vs srilanka today... no more running around the field... no more of pre match harakiri.. kudos to the bcb for making this dream a reality

  • sabarinath on June 19, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    This captain has become non sense these days. Following his press conference is like following Reality show of Kardarshian aka American Rakhi Sawanth cateogry. All masala without any talent.In my opinion he is not worthy of leading a nation. Is there no other captaincy material in Bangladesh?

  • Jawwad on June 18, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    This is unbelievable. World Cup is less than a year away and Bangladesh has no clue of their playing eleven. This current lot will continue to get shot out for less than 100 on bouncy pitches of Aus/NZ. They need to change captain so next one can bring some humility to the job.And what's up with Nasir Hussein? Does he want to be a captain? A well wisher of Bangladesh cricket from Pak.

  • ADARSH on June 18, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Mushi was over confident before the start of this series. Now he realized a game or series cant be predicted checking the names of the players and scores. Work hard, stick to the basics, be confident ( Not over confidence).

    Batsmen must try to spend more time in crease rather than attacking. Try to rotate the strike in all the balls rather than looking for big hits. I guess only Mushi tries to do that but not others. Shakib too tries to play cameo roles against the match situation. Kohli has mastered the technique of rotating his strikes and make big scores. Yet his strike rate is above 90+.

    Risks and tension about run rate must be there only on t20. Even if there are 3-4 maiden over on trot in ODI, treat the bowls according to its merit rather than slogging.

    Risks must be taken from death overs or from where the situation asks for.

  • Dummy4 on June 18, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    @vkias it was just a twenty twenty,but look at Odi series ,we completely dominated it,that's where Bangladesh starts to struggle,we played 3rd odi without having 7 seniors and we won it 6 wickets.

  • syed on June 18, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Maybe the comment from Mushfiqur spur the Indians to perform better than usual. Anyhow, our Ranjhi Teams can also beat BD 7 out of 10 times. BD is no better than Afghanistan or Ireland. Maybe they would have won more matches than BD has won if the same number of matches has been played by these countries.

  • mohammad on June 18, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    All the critics of Bangladesh, if you really want betterment of Bangladesh, why don't you suggest what is necessary? To drop out of form players like Mahmudullah, Tamim, Nasir, etc.Continuous abusing and bring associate status issues refers to mere hatred.

  • Krunal on June 18, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    I am Big fan of Team India and after that i love WI and BD the most. This is actually a shameful performance from BD's they should have stick to basics and got this target very easily. M Rahim is a very good Batsmen and i think he should concentrate only on his batting let him concentrate in Batting and keeping wickets. That will automatically reduce his Media interactions. I Still feel that BD has the caliber to play at a highest level and this is a good lesson and i can vouch for the BD team to come hard now with future series to come this year...

  • VIJAY on June 18, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    @ ChandimaEranda...ifs and buts wont work in cricket bro....planning, strategy, hardwork and proper execution in ground make you win matches.....there were lot of matches in which SL won in last overs and in last ball against BD...but INDIA won both matches quite comprehensively and along with second string side, which could not be comparable with full strength SL team which played against this side raina is the most experienced person and except him nobody played even 50 matches but still INDIA is winning matches outside of its home

  • Baundule on June 18, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi fan, I apologize for expecting them to chase down 106, which created pressure on them, and eventually caused the defeat!