There is not much left for Mushfiqur Rahim to say at this point. On the face of it, scoring 138 for seven and taking India into the 19th over may be an improvement from being all out for 98 and losing by 73 runs against West Indies, but the long and short of it is that Bangladesh were once again distant second in a two-horse race.
After a string of poor results in 2014, Mushfiqur has faced much criticism about his captaincy. The question of whether he would want to continue after the tournament was finally put to him. "No player or captain would want to leave their responsibilities when times are bad. I always enjoy captaincy; it is a big honour and I try to overcome my mistakes in every match. I always try to be there in tough times -- and in good times we get very little credit -- and I hope we can get through this quickly. It is ultimately a decision for the management, and if it helps the team, then why not?"
The difference, in mentality and attitude, between India and Bangladesh -- who have repeatedly stated that getting to the Super 10s was their pre-tournament aim -- was best illustrated when India captain MS Dhoni answered a question about whether their pre-tournament aim was accomplished at having now reached the semifinals.
"We don't really discuss all that," were the words from Dhoni.
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