Bangladesh all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain believes his team will be the favorite against Sri Lanka when they meet in an ODI series with three games starting on 26 July.
Bangladesh have never won an ODI series on Sri Lankan soil, but after his impressive performance at the Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, Bangladesh would certainly make amends.
“I think we are the favorites against Sri Lanka,” said Mosaddek on Thursday, 18 July. “We are in a better position than them both in batting and bowling, and if you speak of experience, then we are in a better position in this area as well.”
Bangladesh has recalled Wicket Keeper batsman Anamul Haque and left-wing spinner Taijul Islam in his 14-man squad for the ODI series against Sri Lanka from 26 July.
The 23-year-old had scored a 24-ball 52 * and helped Bangladesh to a five-goal victory in the rain-shortened Tri-Series final against the West Indies in Dublin. He then made some useful contributions in the limited opportunities he had with the bat at the recent World Cup final, but could not influence the ball except in the 2-33 win over New Zealand at The Oval.
Mosaddek believed that the absence of star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was admitted to the series, and the fact that Mahmudullah has not been bowling recently for a shoulder injury, gave him the opportunity to consolidate his place in the series Side as an all-rounder.
“Ever since I debuted at ODIs, I’ve had to bowl in almost every match and even as Riyad [Mahmudullah] bhai had to bowl regularly I had to bowl five-six overs in each match, I always consider myself an all-rounder.” As a bowler, I have more opportunities and as an all-rounder, I’m ahead.
“Shakib Bhai will not be in the Sri Lanka Series, so there may be more opportunities in the bowling division, I may have to go bowling early, or I have more bowling than usual, of course, me.” I am prepared for this opportunity when I have to endure more about myself. I have a plan for that. I focus on every opportunity that I will get. I think of nothing else. “
“To be honest, I’m in the final phase, so I do not have time to relax, after playing cricket for 10-15 years, it’s time to take my game to the next level.
18th of July 2019
Mosaddek, who had sewn up an important 66-run stand with Mahmudullah to lead his team to a 330-6 victory at South Africa’s premier campaign against South Africa, now wants to establish itself as a strong finisher in 7th position.
“I think I will have to play in the same position in the Sri Lanka series that I fought for because of the team combination throughout the World Cup and the series before, so I think I’m in that position.”
“Before the World Cup, I’ve been focused on improving my batting average, so if I continue, I may face the same situation, and if the situation is bad, I have to beat and push well.” I am working on it. “