Unity is the reason Afghanistan created record after Bangladesh win, says Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Afghanistan looked thrilling in the T20 format and justified that after Rashid Khan’s men defeated Bangladesh by 25-runs in the Tri-Nation Series. Afghanistan breaks their previous record of 11 consecutive victories in T20 international as Mujeeb ur Rahman said in Statment that unity is main reason why Afghanistan created that record.
Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman attributed his Afghanistan team performance to intense training sessions for the sole reason of targeting the ongoing series without losing a point. “All these training camps we had (before the tour) going to have an unbeaten tour. However, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are an excellent team,” Mujeeb told reporters after Afghanistan’s 25-race victory over Bangladesh.
“We have an excellent team and unity. The T20 team is outstanding, so we won all 12 consecutive games,” he said.
According to Mujeeb, who took four wickets in Sunday’s victory, the unit has been the strength of the team.
“We’re doing well as the younger players come along, including me, and supporting each other in training and the match as well. We are also enjoying our game in addition to supporting each other, and this spirit leads us to victories,” he said.
Mujeeb ur Rahman on Shakib and Rashid
He also cleared the air about a problem between Shakib Al Hasan and Rashid on Sunday when the duo appeared to have exchanged a few words. “There was no problem. Rashid was asking about the lighting. They all turned on their mobile light (flashlight). That’s why … there was no problem,” Mujeeb said.
The win against Bangladesh was not easy, especially after tourists swirled to 40/4 before Mohammad Nabi rescued them with a thunderous 84. According to Mujeeb, despite being in the back at the start of the game, there was no panic in the dressing room.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s captain Shakib criticized the lack of cohesion in his team’s efforts. “It’s happening like in all matches: one or two players play out while most others don’t. For any successful side, most players perform and one or two fails,” he said.
“At the end of the day, it’s a team sport, and we’re not playing as a team, and that’s why winning is getting harder and harder for us,” he said.
Shakib estimated that the hosts gave visitors two points in their recent encounter. “They’re a great team in T20 cricket. They’re in number seven while we’re in 10th place. The West Indies and Sri Lanka are above us, and sometimes we defeat them.”
“But you have to say that we gave them the match because at one stage we could have grabbed the game with both hands, which we didn’t do,” he said.
“We suffered a lot, we gave 15-16 extra runs, and that left us behind.” After all these mistakes, the difference is only 25 runs. If we can reduce these mistakes we’ll have more chances to win,” he said.
However, despite the loss, Shakib hopes to reach the final of the triple series. “We still have two games. Zimbabwe has lost two matches in two, and it will be difficult for them. I’m pretty sure our team can play in the final,” he said.