An aggressive Shakib Al Hasan blurted it out first; the in-form Mahmudullah Riyad and the confident Rubel Hossain joined in the chorus later on. However, captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was lot more practical when he talked about the Tigers chances in the coming three-match ODI series against Pakistan. 'Favourites' was not the word, instead Mashrafe said that they were in a good position to prove a point.
"The team is confident after the World Cup and I think we are in a good position to be consistent in our performances," said Mashrafe yesterday ahead of the three-match ODI series, which will kick off tomorrow at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
"We have to prove that we are consistent in our performance which is a big challenge for us. I don't think the series will be easy for us because Pakistan is a good side, especially their bowling. So, we have to play good cricket to maintain the brand of cricket that we put up in World Cup. Instead of thinking about the result, we have to focus on consistency and playing a good brand of cricket," added Mashrafe, who will miss tomorrow's first ODI because of a ban for slow over rate in the World Cup.
“There is even a scope for established teams like Australia to improve. There is lot of to improve in our performance, especially in Powerplays and death over bowling, to become a settled team. If any team wants to establish themselves as a good, settled side they must continue their improvement."