Najimul Shanto unsure of reason behind Bangladesh’s batting struggles

Written by Mohan Sharma

Bangladesh captain Najimul Shanto has said he is unsure of the reason behind his side’s batting struggles during the T20 World Cup 2024 after the hammering at the hands of Australia on June 21, Friday. Bangladesh’s batting order has failed to fire in most of the matches till now as the bowlers have had to step in to save the day. On a good track in Antigua, Bangladesh managed to score just 140 runs in the end.

Shanto hit 41 and Towhid Hridoy scored 40 on the day, but the rest of the batting lineup failed to perform well and Australia ended up winning the match by 28 runs in the end via DLS method. Speaking at the press conference, Shanto said it is difficult to understand why Bangladesh haven’t been able to play freely. The skipper said that his players have the freedom to play their natural game, but he is unsure as to why it isn’t happening.

“It is difficult to say why we are not able to play. I think everyone has the capability, people have played well in different places in the past. But I do not have an answer to why this is not happening. Everyone has the freedom to play their natural game and they will try to play as they want, but somehow it is not happening,” said Shanto.

Shanto said that while the conditions do make a very big difference, today’s track was a flat one, and they didn’t bat well in the end. Shanto said they should have targeted a score of 160 to 170.

“Yes, obviously I think condition is very big difference because last match there was a lot of spin and also seam but today looks flat wicket a very good wicket to bat and I think we didn’t bat well so I think that is the big difference – probably we should have target 160 to 170,” said Shanto.

Bangladesh will now face India next on June 22.

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