Bangladesh v NZ, World T20 2012, Group D, Pallekele

More match-winners in this side - Mushfiqur

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September 20, 2012

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Shakib Al Hasan at a practice session, World Twenty20, Kandy, September 19, 2012
Shakib Al Hasan is no longer the only match-winner in Bangladesh's side, according to Mushfiqur Rahim © Associated Press
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Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, has said his current side is better than the one that beat New Zealand 4-0 two years ago in a home one-day series; the teams meet again on Friday. The reason for Bangladesh's improvement, Mushfiqur said, was the rise in the number of match-winners in the side as opposed to just Shakib Al Hasan previously.

Mushfiqur said Shakib a freer role to play and is not burdened with too much pressure. Shakib has been Bangladesh's highest run-getter and wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs since the October 2010 ODI series win while also playing a role in Kolkata Knight Riders' maiden IPL triumph earlier this year. But, in recent times, Mushfiqur, Tamim Iqbal, Abdur Razzak and Mahmudullah have also played major roles in Bangladesh's successes.

"To compare this team to the one in 2010, I think this has more balance and a few more match-winners. So in that way, this is a better team," said Mushfiqur said on the day he completed a year as Bangladesh captain."He [Shakib Al Hasan] is our best cricketer. Probably in the last two years a couple of the guys have also put their hands up so he's quite free in his role and not under too much pressure to perform. And not just with bat and ball, he is always helping out on and off the field as well. His presence means a lot to our team."

Shakib played a pivotal role in those four wins against New Zealand, leading the batting and bowling charts and also captaining the side after Mashrafe Mortaza got injured in the first game.

Mushfiqur, who is familiar with tracks in Sri Lanka, having played a couple of games during the Sri Lanka Premier League, said the team composition would depend on the nature of the pitch. He added Bangladesh would employ "special plans" to counter the threat of Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor, who've been part of the IPL. "They are both very important and we have special plans to contain them. The bowlers have to strike at the top order to win games, so it's nothing out of the ordinary."

Mushfiqur was aware New Zealand will not be playing with the baggage of their humiliating defeat two years ago. "That [4-0 win] happened two years ago and this is a Twenty20 game, a different format. And it is a totally different setting as there are several players in both sides who weren't around in 2010. But New Zealand have a lot more Twenty20 experience compared to us," he said.

In order to get Bangladesh well prepared for the World Twenty20, the BCB paid for their tour of Zimbabwe where they played in unofficial matches against the hosts and a South African XI led by Hashim Amla, beating each side once. They then travelled to Ireland and the Netherlands where they won four out of six Twenty20 internationals. Subsequently, in Port-of-Spain they won against Barbados and Afghanistan.

An extensive preparation bodes well for Bangladesh's World Twenty20 and though Mushfiqur would have liked to have test his side against higher-ranked teams, he believed they learned a lot on the road. "We played in different situations and conditions. Everyone has had a good hit. It would have probably been better if we played against major teams, but still we played some competitive matches but now we are at the business end, so hopefully it'll go really well."

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Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (September 21, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

@ ExtremeSpeed. Have you checked T20 rankings? Do you still believe uneven matches brings you down?? Do you think more test matches will bring you in at least top5??? pathetic! Do not comeup with lame excuses...there is only one reason BD do not have a good team to beat others.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (September 21, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

SL has more match winners than Bangladesh and but still SL fails miserably.We dont consider SL as an opposition despite of many match winners.Its pretty an ordinary team.So dont boast of match winners as we have seen more of them.So match winners are defined by their own fans.Actually all the guys in a team are match winners.

Posted by CricketMaan on (September 21, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

Fans around the world should stop ridiculing opponents..its not healthy..its not a rowdy game like EPL..why not just stick to your own teams and offer criticism that can be positive. its not healthy to read these posts simply accusing and ridiculing opponent teams. Every team has strong and weak why simply keep repeating obvious...its a world cup..somone will play best someone worst..somedays will be gr8 and other ordinary..every team will have ups and downs..there is no one team that will dominate every day..Lets enjoy the game dears..stop this hatered please!!!!

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (September 21, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

@cooljack_143 - Fair point but the problem with rankings is that they're clearly unevenly distributed in terms of matches for example teams like India, England and Australia play far more matches than anybody else whilst teams like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland etc play limited so you can see why lower ranked teams remain low on the table. I don't think most teams apart from a few are playing well at abroad at all also I didn't know Pakistan have their T20 franchise based league already.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

This is the day to prove..Good luck Bangladesh..

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

cooljack_143 true BD sucks overseas, but what team not named SA or Australia can say they don't suck overseas. Definitely not INDIA!

Posted by joseyesu on (September 21, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

I still believe that SAKIB is the lone match winners in this side

Posted by cooljack_143 on (September 21, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

BD LAST IN rankings of ALL FORMATS.That should tell the story.Whether u perform in IPL,SLPL,PPL,BPL,or your home matches who cares..BD has abysmal record abroad.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

@ Wonderstar1 Dont underestimate BD. Sakib played in KKR..Tamim is a world class could say not all of them are at that level..if you are a good critic of cricket..I could accept such awful comment. So please make comment with enough information and knowledge. There are some class cricketers in BD will see that.

Posted by Jawwad123 on (September 21, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

We'll see about that @wonderstar1!!! Don't forgt to show up and leave a comment when BD reaches the S-8s!!! Oh, and did you mean to say that the India team is worse than their A team and got beaten by them BADLY in the Asia Cup!!!lol

Posted by Meety on (September 21, 2012, 1:37 GMT)

I have a soft spot for our little cuzzy bros across the dutch in NZ. Happy if they win, but would like to see the Bangas deliver on their growing talent base & win.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 23:32 GMT)

I strongly advise Cricinfo to produce a report or article on who is the best performing all-rounder in the world currently i.e. from 2009 till present because there's debate among fans and experts about it for example they say Shakib shouldn't really be at Number 1 in Tests and ODIs for some silly reason whether simply because he's Bangladeshi who knows? but whoever questions it the fact still remains that his record as a genuine all-rounder show that he has been the best performing all-rounder if you look at statsguru and compare it to the rest during that time.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

@Tokai69...That comment of yours made me smile...@wondernostar0...ordinary or extraordinary team lol was good enough to crush below ordinary India :)

Posted by emu on (September 20, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

gud luck guys..tough jobs r knocking door this time.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

best of luck guys! u must win the game....

Posted by Tokai69 on (September 20, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

I can't stop laughing seeing this pic of Shakib ......... cold ruthless face :D

Posted by wonderstar1 on (September 20, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

I donno who BD captain is talking about. maybe match winners from other teams.. lol..Bangladesh is just an ordinary side with low profile players who wont even fit in Pak A or Ind A team. sure they will be hammered by Pak and NZ. It will almost be a cakewalk for both pak and NZ. they cant make super eights unless pak or ny play very badly.

Posted by saintsinister on (September 20, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Lol, i am a pakistani and i am not even sure pakistan is going to make it to the super 8s.. thats the problem with unpredictable and unreliable teams.. one day they are the best and next day the worst.. Even that 180 something chase against India in the warm up was not a convincing win.. group D is a group of all 3 unpredictable teams.. lets hope for some good cricket..

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (September 20, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

BD is a better side than the side in 2010. Actually Shakib was the opponent of Kiwis rather than BD squad in 2010. But recently Tamim, Mahmudullah & Mushi also had played match-winning role. Razzak, Ash & Mash r experienced match-winner. BD have their best squad in history. But irony is that still they r the most inconsistent side among test nations & they have least temperament.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Sakib is the main player of BD.....

But Tamim,Nasir,Mushfiq,Mahmudullah,Mashrafee,Ashraful Are also match winners...........

Tomorrow will be BD's Day.

Posted by Forgettable on (September 20, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Goodluck guys gonna be a tough game!

Posted by Realfighters on (September 20, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

3 unpredictable team in one group: bangladesh, NZ, pakistan. so anything could happen.

Posted by JOY04 on (September 20, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

this is really a crucial match for both the teams..i think weather also play a vital role here.. im supporting bangladesh.. lets hope for all d best :-)

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 20, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Prove it. Defeat NZ and Pakistan in group stages.

Posted by masud69 on (September 20, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

tigers stay focused, play positive, all the best wishes

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

The key is to play as a TEAM like Bangladesh did at the Asia Cup then there will be a real contest instead of relying on individuals like Bangladesh have done previously.

Posted by kohli_life on (September 20, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

I back NZ to win match becoz they have better players for 20-20 cricket. Also they beat team INDIA recently (although by luck: Kohli god unlucky with suspect catch by southee, otherwise easy win for team INDIA). About Bangldesh, all I can say is enjoy games before heading for home guys!!! You got only two games before knocked out of tournment. In terms of whole tournment team INDIA is favourites!!! Super batting line up!!!!

Posted by Dunwall on (September 20, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Bangladesh should focus on tomorrow's match rather than reminiscing ancient history....

Posted by aaqibisthegreat on (September 20, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

Yes Bangladesh can easily defeat Newzeland as Tamim, Shakib, Mushifqur, Mahmdullah and A.RAZZAQ are 5 gems of their team and other 6 players play supportive role well.

As far as Newzeland's track record is concerned, they can beat Pakistan even on their day so bangalis should'nt take them lightly

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