Mushfiqur Rahim, swashbuckling Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman- has terms his teams’ one-run-defeat at the hands of India during the league-stage encounter of the 2016 World T20 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
India literally pulled off a victory from the jaws of defeat or rather Bangladesh pulled off a soul-crushing defeat from the jaws of what would have been one of the greatest-ever wins in their cricketing history.
“The other disappointments have been the World T20 match against India (Bangalore, 2016) and the second ODI against the West Indies (Guyana 2018). If we had won that ODI we would have won the series – although we won the next match, if we could have won that (second game) it would have been a white-wash,” Mushfiqur Rahim told CricBuzz.
Mushfiqur Rahim’s penchant for a glory shot led to Bangladesh’s undoing
Needing 11 runs to win in the final over, Mushfiqur Rahim had reduced the equation down to 2 of the last deliveries after having stroked two back-to-back boundaries off Hardik Pandya.
Post the second boundary, Mushfiqur let out a pre-mature guttural roar and subsequently succumbed to the very next delivery in an attempt to finish the game off with a glory shot.
Mahmudullah tried to do the same and he too met with the same fate as Ravindra Jadeja completed an astounding catch at deep square-leg.
Needing 2 to win off the final, MS Dhoni asked Hardik Pandya to bowl a back-of-a-length delivery wide of the off-stump which the batsman eventually missed. Dhoni then proceeded to put on his running shoes as he went on to run-out Mustafizur Rahman and pull-off one of the most miraculous wins one could ever imagine.
Three years later, Mushfiqur made amends during the 1st T20I against India in Delhi as he calmly spearheaded Bangladesh towards their maiden T20I win against their Asian big brothers.