ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Mashrafe Mortaza says winning matters more to Bangladesh than respect of opponents

Bangladesh launched their campaign with an impressive win over South Africa but afterwards Mashrafe Mortaza was annoyed by suggestions the result constituted an upset.

Press Trust of India, Jun 10, 2019 21:13:30 IST

Bristol: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza can live without the respect of his opponents so long as his side are winning matches at the World Cup.

The Tigers launched their campaign with an impressive win over South Africa but afterwards Mashrafe was annoyed by suggestions the result constituted an upset.

Bangladesh have lost their last two matches. AP

Bangladesh play their next match in World Cup against Sri Lanka. AP

"Do you think this was a surprise?," he asked pointedly. "If we can deliver our best we knew what we could do. I'm sure some people don't think well of our cricket. We are concentrating on our game and letting other people talk."

Since then Bangladesh have suffered an agonising two-wicket loss to New Zealand before being on the wrong end of a 106-run thrashing by tournament hosts and favourites England in Cardiff last weekend.

Those defeats make Bangladesh's match against a struggling Sri Lanka in Bristol on Tuesday all the more important.

"I'm not worried about who is respecting us, I'm more worried about our performance," Mashrafe told reporters in Bristol on Monday.

"Winning matches is more important for us. I don't think respect is going to work in the 22 yards (of a pitch). It all depends on how we react on the ground.

"If we can win two points, this is more important than respect at the moment," added the 35-year-old veteran paceman.

Bangladesh knocked England out of the group stage on the way to reaching the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup.

But this year's format is different, with 10 teams taking part in a round-robin group stage that will see the top four qualify for the semi-finals.

"If you are asking all 10 captains this question, they will look to the semis, which is an honest call," said Mashrafe as he answered a query about Bangladesh's ambitions for this World Cup.

"Obviously we would like to be in the semis but right now, the calculation is difficult.

"But again I'd say it's very much possible. We have to make sure we come back onto the winning track."

Sri Lanka were overwhelmed by champions Australia and then suffered a batting collapse before just doing enough to beat outsiders Afghanistan.

But Mashrafe insisted he felt no extra pressure with Bangladesh being regarded as favourites to beat Sri Lanka.

"Even the New Zealand match, even the England match, I'm not sure what other people were thinking, but we were expecting to win," he said.

"I think the pressure will be there every match. I don't want to say there's no pressure -- 100 percent pressure will be there.

"But at the same time we have to cope with that pressure and make sure we deliver." Forecast rain in Bristol, however, could scupper the hopes of both sides for a morale-boosting win.

"I hope that we'll play a full match tomorrow," said Mashrafe. "The boys are really hungry to win matches.

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Updated Date: Jun 10, 2019 21:22:15 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 7 5 1 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Pakistan 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254