Bangladesh all-rounder Saifuddin wanted to win the big match against India on his own in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, but unfortunately, he failed to do so, as he wanted to prove his all critics wrong that he feared to play against big teams likes of Australia, India, and England.
There were speculations that the all-rounder missed Australia match due to fear and made excuses of his back injury, but the 22-year-old dismissed the rumors by showing a glimpse of his immense potential against formidable India bowling attack at Edgbaston.
However, the left-hander’s gutsy 38-ball unbeaten 51 went in vain, as Bangladesh lost the match by 28 runs against India and with the defeat, their chances of qualifying for the semifinals ended as well.
Saifuddin told media after India match, “I always looked forward to this type of opportunity in which I can finish the game off for my team. I was connecting well today. I was confident that I will be able to pull this off but unfortunately, it didn’t happen.”
He added, “Maybe I haven’t guided my team to victory in any match at the international level, but I did it against South Africa in Chittagong at the Under-19 level. So, I was recalling that day again and again, and I hoped I would do that once again today. I was telling myself that I will do my best.”
Following the controversy surrounding his back injury, the all-rounder was determined to prove a point versus the formidable Indian side. He added, “It hurts. A few days ago, there was a rumor about me that I don’t want to play against the big teams because of fear and for this I give excuses. This controversy heated me up. I wanted to win the match on my own against a big team and wanted to be the hero.”
Saifuddin signed off by saying, “This thought was in my mind from the first ball to last ball that I faced against India. I wanted to win the match and prove the rumor was wrong. [The loss felt] like a sky falling down over my head. It’s natural to feel bad in this type of situation because we are out of the World Cup.”