Bangladesh v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Fatullah November 3, 2013

This win better than 4-0 - Mushfiqur


Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim rated the 3-0 whitewash against New Zealand slightly ahead of their 4-0 win over the same opponents in 2010. He believed the win this time was evidence of Bangladesh's progress and at the same time argued it is harder to follow up on a previously high achievement.

The home side won three close matches last time New Zealand visited, but in the current three-match series they won comfortably in the first two and chased 309 in the third and final game in Fatullah.

"Both the achievements have different experiences but personally the 3-0 win feels better for me," Mushfiqur said. "Firstly, I am the captain, and secondly because you can achieve a result with a lot of hard work but to hold that result is even more difficult."

"During the 4-0 win in 2010, the team was different. Here our best performers were not in the team. Despite everything we won this series, so I feel this series win is doubly important. This is proof that the Bangladesh team is improving."

The sense of confidence within Mushfiqur's team was evident in his decision to bat first in Mirpur in the second ODI, which they won by 40 runs, and also by the decision to field first in Fatullah. The recent scores on this newly-laid wicket suggested that batting first would be a better option due to lower bounce in the second innings. However, it turned out to be a truer wicket with better bounce and Bangladesh made 309 when the average second-innings score on these wickets had been 157.

"It wasn't a win-the-toss-bat-first kind of wicket," Mushfiqur said. "Since it was a day game, we wanted to use early swing in the first five to ten overs, take wickets and put them on pressure.

"But they started well and it seemed like they would score 320-330 at one point. A score like 307, with the new ODI rules, is not a big target. We just tried to play at our best."

This win was secured by the little contributions within the batting line-up. It started with Ziaur Rahman's cameo where he swung at almost every ball and came up with two fours and two sixes in his 20-ball 22. By the time he fell in the eighth over, Bangladesh's run-rate was well in line with what was required.

Mominul Haque's 32 kept the run-rate intact while Naeem Islam's half-century was responsible for the rest of the innings. Nasir Hossain provided the finishing with an unbeaten 44 off 38 balls, with Sohag Gazi and Mahmudullah also helping out

"I think the small contributions were a lot in numbers. The young players are playing well, putting pressure on the senior players. We also have to try to hold our position," Mushfiqur said."This is good for Bangladesh cricket. Everyone sees the team's interest ahead of their own.

Mushfiqur revealed he had had a talk with Nasir after the batsman did not contribute in the first two matches of the series. He added that Naeem, too, was an inspiration because he was not even in their plans until Shakib Al Hasan came down with dengue fever, but he turned out to be one of the Man-of-the-Series contenders with the highest runs among both teams although that ultimately went to the captain

"I never thought of becoming the Man of the Series," Mushfiqur said. "I was congratulating Naeem bhai because he is the highest scorer, so he was unlucky that I got it. He wasn't supposed to play. If Shakib didn't get sick he would not be playing the whole series, so I feel that everyone has matured a lot.

"Nasir didn't score in the last two games. I have been telling him for the last two days not to worry too much. When the team needs runs you will score, we said. I hope that we can continue like this which is the biggest challenge. It's difficult but if we have the mentality we can do it."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    In 2010 when we won the series 4-0 we had few good quality players, but we won on the basis of our fielding, bowling and batting came all good together. In this present series we have a lot more of good quality players, but our overall team contribution did not come together. When these two successful formation clicks together then we shall be more formidable.

  • ashrafur on November 4, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Can you remember the name of that lad who chipped in between Siddons and Jurgensen? Yes, he didn't do anyhing to be temembered, except his nagging negotiations to by pass his responsibilities.

  • Steve on November 4, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Unlike in the past, hope BD can keep up the momentum going forward. Will depend a lot on domestic infrastructure and not being afraid to try new, talented players, like those who had come good against NZ.

  • obaidul on November 4, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Ha Ha ha I just want to remember my fellow xountryman Boundule that it was Jemmie Siddons who gave Naeem the opportunity to take a place in the national team and grab the title "Chokka Naeem". How can you forget the match saving 77 against Zimbabwe in 2010? It was journalists and some crazy fans who wanted to drop Naeem, Rakibul, Mahmudullah and wanted to include Ashraful, Shahreer Nafees and Alok Kapali in the team. And Jemmy didn't want to give a chance to Nasir, Anamul and Mominul isn't true I think. Actually in Jemmy's time they were very young and before WC 2011 it wasn't the appropriate time for them to introduce themselves in international arena. I think how they included in the team is the ideal process for a youngstar to start their career. Jemmi would have done the same thing I guess.

  • TMoney on November 4, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    @AusieBangaleeShameem certainly Siddons should be accredited for what he has done to Bangladesh cricket. He brought a level of professionalism into the team which was unheard of in previous years. Tamim and Shakib also played memorable knocks during his tenure. If BCB gave him more freedom to make decisions then i think he would have achieved even more. BUT there were two things that he did wrong. First was his defensive approach. Playing 8 specialist batsmen in tests and odis was a very weak approach. This move implicates the lacking of self belief in the team. Playing 8 specialist batsmen will not develop or allow a team to improve. Second was his reluctancy to try out youngsters. He persisted with Junaid, Nafees, Raqibul, Imrul despite their failures and openly said that these players are worth developing even though he had talents like Naeem, Mominul, Nasir, Anamul, Shamsur, Gazi in his helm. And now these newly introduced players are bringing results to the team.

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Just look into an interesting fact. Ever since Bangladesh team were given international status, they were battered for long. There were days people believed, the test status of the team is to be revoked. Now we could see with some international exposure, the team has proved it can do well against teams in top eight also. Only the team took more international exposure. This is going to be the case of other teams also.

  • Baundule on November 4, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Jamie Siddons is wrongly attributed to the credit of 'creating' Shakib and Tamim. Shakib was 'cool' since the first day I saw him play for Bangladesh: a controlled 10 overs of bowling supported by a match finishing 30*. Tamim was a tremendous talent since his childhood. They were already 'created', Jamie should, at most, get the credit for polishing them. However, JS failed in his first mission of such case with Ashraful. And Is there any other player who improved visibly under JS? Junaed, Roqibul, Kayes? No.

    A TEAM must be dynamic, should play for wins, not for a predefined target of scoring 200 runs, irrespective of the situation. JS underestimated the Bangladesh team. He did not have confidence that we could win.

    JS used to talk too much, most often not backed by performance. Shane Jurgensen is silently talking through performances.

  • Ariful on November 4, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Someone argued that Mushfiq should be laid off as a captain, to them I should say that Mushfiq is one of the most mature captains that BD has come with and he is a very clever captain at the same time has the ability to lead from the front and also a great leadership quality to inspire the team. Few decisions might went wrong but we should understand that on the field it's very hard to take appropriate decisions. Still I think Mushfiq is a captain who has some gifted capacity to lead our team. He will be one of the most successful captain for BD and he should carry on captaincy for at least 10 more years.

  • Subterraneo on November 4, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    @Baundule, Fogu, AussieBangaleeShameem : Several coaches through the years have built the team piece by piece. Gordon Greenidge coached the team to win the ICC trophy in 1997 and Eddie Barlow was in charge of developing the cricket infrastructure for a new Test playing country (he was not just the coach) until 2001. The next two years were rather dark in terms of coaches appointed, followed by the golden age of Whatmore. Whatmore built a team that wanted to work hard on developing international cricket survival skills and play for wins, even after four winless years since 1999. Siddons continued from where Whatmore left, but had to switch players because of the ICL exodus in 2008. Ironically, the team he assembled without the ICL players started being more successful than the previous team. By persisting with those players, even after the end of ICL, the team was able to form a core around which to perform and produce results. Jurgensen received an organised unit from his start.

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    CONGRATS BANGLADESHI TIGERS!!!there r so many positive signs n tremendous achievement for bd team.but i think it will be far more better if captain had a look over ziaur,naeem n mominul's between this three can be huge effective n can bowl like nasir or even more better.a win can hide many wrong move.but if bd wants to be a top ranked team,they must have to work on some condition...hope this success will continue.