Shakib Al Hasan, captain of Bangladesh’s T20I team, stated on Tuesday (March 14) that they had never imagined completely dominating the reigning T20 World Champions. Bangladesh, which had already won the series by winning the first game, defeated England by 16 runs to dominate in style.
“We didn’t dream of it, but we also didn’t put ourselves pressure before the series. We didn’t talk about winning games but just wanted to play good cricket,” Shakib told reporters after the game. “We tried to contribute with the bat in all three games. I think we fielded unbelievably well too, especially in T20s where two or four runs make a big difference.
“Everyone noticed our fielding in these three matches. We out-fielded England, who are themselves a good fielding side. It is a big tick mark. Our biggest improvement is in our fielding when I consider every aspect. We should always field well, but we have targeted to become the best fielding side in Asia. After this performance, I don’t think we are too far behind.”
Shakib also pointed out the fact that England didn’t have a long batting lineup in the series, something they took advantage of.
“We had more confidence before this series, since we were playing at home,” he said. “We capitalized on England being short of batters. It was our advantage that they didn’t have many batters after losing three or four wickets.”