Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza feels getting past the last hurdle in one multi-nation tournament and should overcome “mental block” in the finals.
Bangladesh, who knocked out Pakistan to secure a place in the Asia Cup final for the second time in a row, lost to India in a thrilling summit clash on September 29.
Bangladesh had made 222 on the back of a brilliant maiden hundred from Liton Das, but three wickets from Kuldeep Yadav, two from Jadhav, and three run outs had perhaps made them slight favourites, especially considering their batting firepower.
In reply, India made a rough weather of the chase at 160 and it was a severely hamstrung Jadhav (23 not out), who ran the most defining single of his short international career on the last ball of the match and helped the Men in Blue successfully defend their title.
This was Bangladesh’s third loss in a multi-team event final in 2018. The Men in Green lost to Sri Lanka at home in a triangular ODI series including Zimbabwe in January and then lost to India in the final of Sri Lanka’s Nidahas Trophy T20 tournament, again off the last ball.
“For some reason, it’s not happening. If we can do it once, maybe it will be easier,” Mortaza said after the team returned home from Dubai. “Of course there is some mental block. Winning a tournament is important to overcome this hurdle,” he added.
He, however, backed his teammates to keep the battling spirit going.
“But with the mentality the boys played, of course, it was outstanding. I will be disappointed if we don’t see the same mentality or efforts in future,” he said.