Mashrafe Mortaza: Probably this was our best batting performance

In what was the second best chase in World Cup history, Bangladesh, who successfully chased down 319 against Scotland at Nelson, remained at the fourth position in the Pool A points table in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza spoke to the media after their memorable win.

Q: Mashrafe, before the start of the game there was quite a bit of focus on Bangladesh’s bowling attack, if they were going to include more spinners and Taijul Islam and Arafat Sunny waiting in the wing. Do you think in hindsight you could have played an extra spinner instead of a fast bowler?

Mashrafe Mortaza (MM): Yeah, we could, but the wicket looked like it was going to swing but didn’t. We came back strongly later on. Nasir (Hossain) bowled really well and also Shakib (Al Hasan). So it was a bit of a tough decision, but at the end of the day winning is winning, so we’re happy.

Q: Do you think against England, who might be susceptible to spin, you might include an extra spinner?

MM: Let’s see. We’ll have to look at the wicket first and then we’ll decide.

Q: What are the plans behind starting the bowling with Shakib?

MM: Because we thought they might struggle against spin. Still we can ask that we can pick another spinner, but that was the plan, basically. Still we picked three bowlers, three quicks, but it was planned.

Q: Well played today. After the game, does that make you think that ICC’s plans to reduce the World Cup to ten teams might not be a good idea?

MM: It’s pretty difficult for me to answer this question. Whatever the ICC have decided we have to do it, so it’s up to ICC.

Q: Just on your batting performance, was that one of the best you remember in a long time? Because it seemed that the side was never in doubt. You chased those runs off very easily.

MM: This wicket was very good to bat on, but even I think Tamim mentioned that two, three, four years back against Zimbabwe we chased over 300. But still this is the best because in World Cup, there’s always more pressure. So I think this is the best one.

Courtesy: ICC