Chief selector Minhajul Abedin on Monday hailed Bangladesh team for their collective effort that brought the Tigers a 2-1 victory over West Indies in the three-match Twenty20 series.
Bangladesh went down 0-1 in the series after suffering a crushing seven-wicket defeat in the series opener in St Kitts but came back in style with successive wins in rest two matches in Florida to seal their first ever Twenty20 series victory in abroad since 2012.
In the series-decider on Monday, some prolific batting efforts ensured Bangladesh set a competitive target of 185 runs for the Caribbean before the bowlers put a collective effort to defend it.
‘Winning the Twenty20 series is a great achievement for us,’ Minhajul told reporters at his residence in Dhaka.
‘It’s a great feat to win over the Caribbean side. We were in the back-foot in this format and we were trying to overcome it since losing to Afghanistan.
‘It was a team effort and total performance which made the win possible,’ he added.
Minhajul credited skipper Sakib al Hasan for his all-round effort, adding that this series would give Bangladesh’s preparations for next ICC World Twenty20 in Australia in 2020 a perfect kick-start.
Sakib scored 103 runs apart from claiming three wickets to the Tigers from the front as they ended their month-long sojourn in the Caribbean and United States on a high after starting it with two embarrassing defeats in Tests.
‘When a skipper cannot do well in a specific format [Tests] he always tries to do well in another
format [Twnety20s]. He thinks how he can motivate his team, runs his team well and that often spurs him to success.
‘Overall when the team performs well, everything goes with positive way. Sakib is our frontline bowler and he led the team from the front. He did it in excellent way and I think we found a way to perform well for the next Twenty20 World Cup,’ he added.
Not everything was rosy for Bangladesh, however, as selectors gamble with out of sort Soumya Sarkar had with the left-hander making just 19 runs in three matches.
Soumya batted at number three on Monday but continued to struggle at a time when others hit boundaries almost in an effortless manner.
Minhajul revealed they were always in two minds over picking Soumya in the third match.
‘There was a discussion regarding Soumya with the coach after we leveled the series,’ he said. ‘But captain did not want to break winning combination so he picked him for the match.
‘I think overall he is young in age and has got the talent. I think he will get his form back quickly that will help the team,’ Minhajul said.
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