Mashrafe Mortaza: Please show some respect to the players

Bangladesh won by 15 runs against England in a Pool A match on Monday in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and elated Mashrafe Mortaza spoke to the press. (ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Points Table)


Q: What is the significance of this occasion from a Bangladesh perspective?

Mashrafe Mortaza (MM): Definitely it is significant for us. Back home people expect that we can go through, but we know how difficult it is in Australia, because normally we never play in these kind of pitches, like Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide. So it was very difficult. But the boys have been very confident. They have been working hard. I think it’s really helpful for us, looking at the way they are working hard.

Q: What went through your mind when it was getting close, and what did you tell your colleagues, teammates, how to go about it?
MM: Yeah, it was a bit frustrating when it was getting close; especially the drop catch was also very frustrating for us. But you know it happens in cricket. At the end of the day, we won, so we are really happy.

Q: Talk about the crowd support; they made a big difference because England had hardly any supporters there.
MM: Yeah, crowd, I always tell in the press conference. Once we came in Australia, we never expected such huge crowd will come and support us. It was amazing to see that people from all over the world, come to the ground and support us. It was amazing.

Q: Mashrafe, we spoke a while back, but this win is probably a stepping-stone for future success of Bangladesh cricket. What does this win mean to you, a quarterfinal berth and a possible start of good times?
MM: Yeah, it was a good win. If I go back, I think our problem was consistency, but in this World Cup, two out of these five matches we have been very consistent, and hopefully it will keep going for the next few matches. Obviously the boys are really happy and hope that Bangladesh cricket will move from here.

Q: Your pace bowlers were very good. Could you talk us through the different strengths of your pace attack?
MM: I’m sorry to say people are talking very rubbish about our pace bowling, and we know what we are. We know how capable we are. I hope people will surely start giving some respect to the players. I’m really happy with our quicks, they have shown the world how good they are. Hopefully, this will bring their confidence up and show again in this sort of tournament, and I would request once again people, please show some respect to the players.

Q: Describe the bowling of Rubel Hossain.
MM: He has been fantastic, the last one and a half years. The way he’s bowling, it’s nice to see from mid-on or mid-off. He’s swinging the ball, he’s bowling fast, and I’m really happy that he took all the pressure in his shoulder and deliver from the start, and hopefully — and I should mention that he was under tremendous pressure before coming in this World Cup. He put the pressure aside and showed his performance, and the whole world saw how good he is. Hopefully he will continue to perform this way.

Courtesy: ICC