All-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin could have been a hero during Bangladesh’s 28-run defeat against India at Edgbaston on Tuesday had he not been stranded at the non-striker’s end when Jasprit Bumrah bowled the No. 10 and No. 11 batsmen.
However, the now-eliminated Bangladesh still have a game in hand against Pakistan and Saifuddin said that the Tigers will be targeting a win in their last game on Friday at Lord’s in order to return home with a happy memory.
“Everyone in the team is sad that we are knocked out of the tournament. We came here with a lot of dreams so everyone is sad that we are out of the World Cup. There is a phrase that ‘all’s well that ends well.’ So, our target now is to win the last game and return home happy,” the 22-year old said outside the team hotel in Birmingham before boarding the team bus yesterday.
Saifuddin was confident ahead of their clash against Pakistan, an opponent Bangladesh have defeated in their last four match-ups.
“We defeated Pakistan when we met last time in the Asia Cup. We also played well against them in recent games. So we are confident and hopeful that we will also win at Lord’s.”
Saifuddin had shown great intent in the Tigers’ previous game against India. The 22-year old revived Bangladesh’s chances with a 66-run seventh-wicket stand with Sabbir Rahman when Bangladesh were reeling on 179 for six in the 34th over in chase of a mammoth 314 for nine.
Saifuddin was however left stranded at the other end on 51 as he ran short of partners and could not finish it off as he had hoped. The all-rounder, grim after such an exit from the flagship event, said that he knew he had the ability to turn the game around and mentioned that it is why he has been playing in his position.
“Yes I think it was possible [to win the game]. All cricketers play with the confidence to turn a game around. All the players have the ability to win the match for their country from any situation. I think I also had that ability and that is the reason why I have been playing in my position.”