Bangladesh High Performance head coach Simon Helmot on Sunday expressed his satisfaction regarding Bangladesh’s new-found approach, which helped them improve their recent performances.
‘Already we have seen what happened in Malahide recently, 22 overs 213 runs,’ Helmot told reporters in Mirpur referring to Bangladesh’s brilliant run-chase against West Indies in the tri-series final.
‘I think we have the [strong] batting group now, we saw Tamim [Iqbal] in a BPL final. He scored a lot of runs in a short time, I think we have certainly improved on that area,’ he added.
The Tigers recorded their maiden multi-team tournament victory on Friday chasing down a stiff target of 210 runs in 22.5 overs against West Indies in Ireland.
Bangladesh displayed great attacking approach not only in the final but also in the league matches which, which they won all without needing to play full overs.
During the league stage matches, both West Indies and Ireland provided Bangladesh some challenging targets but the Tigers overcame the situations strongly with their new-found approach.
Despite not being at the top of the game at the start of the matches, Bangladesh fought back well in the crucial times to come out victorious.
Bangladesh had to face little challenge against West Indies in both their league stage matches and won the matches by eight and five wickets respectively while chasing 262 and 248 runs comfortably.
They faced more challenge against Ireland in their last league match when the hosts gave a target of 293 runs but Bangladesh made a mockery of it by chasing it down in 43 overs thanks to half-centuries from Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das and Sakib al Hasan.
Helmot, who is in-charge of the HP camp since June 2016, believed that they developed their game sense and it made them a strong side having bettered themselves in all three departments.
‘We have the manpower to match it with other teams. It’s not just about scoring more or batting at high strike rate. It’s also about fielding and bowling at your best. It’s all about having best defensive balls and best defensive plans against a very attacking opposition,’ he added.
One thing that left Bangladesh management concerned was their batsmen’s inability to convert their starts into big innings in the tournament.
Despite scoring 10 fifties in four matches they played Bangladeshi batsmen failed to score any hundred whereas West Indies and Ireland batsmen hit four and two hundreds respectively in the tournament.
Helmot also believed that Bangladeshi batters needed to focus on their individual big innings as it, along with big partnerships, would make their task easy in the World Cup.
‘I think you have to score centuries and have to have significant high partnership. Significant partnership and individual score will help you set up a defendable target or chase down a score, as we see in the Pakistan versus England matches,’ he said.
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