Thought about dark horses for quite a while, Bangladesh have the solidarity to show signs of improvement off huge groups and his side's 21-run prevail upon South Africa in the World Cup ought not be viewed as an astonishment any longer, trusts captain Mashrafe Mortaza.
Bangladesh began their World Cup crusade on an ideal note, posting their most elevated one-day universal score of 330 on the back of half hundreds of years by Shakib Al Hasan (75) and Mushifiqur Rahim (78).
Grand bowling exhibitions by Mustafizur Rahman (3/67) and Mohammad Saifuddin (2/57) at that point helped them beat World No. 3 South Africa at the Oval on Sunday.
Inquired as to whether this was an indication of Bangladesh's improvement, the captain answered: "Do you think this was an amazement? On the off chance that we can convey our best we recognized what we could do.
"I'm certain a few people don't have a favorable opinion of our cricket. We are focusing on our game and let other individuals talk." Experienced allrounder Shakib said desires from the Bangladesh group have changed since their triumphs over India and South Africa in the 2007 release.
"It's been 12 years, so our cricket has made considerable progress forward. Around then, in the event that we play well, that was sufficient for the group and for us. However at this point, they are not happy with thrashing to some other group. This is the desire level we have in these 12 years," Shakib said.
"We set ourselves up well. We were in Ireland, where we played truly well against West Indies and Ireland. That gave us a ton of certainty and conviction. "There are such huge numbers of things to demonstrate in this competition, and we were upto the test. The young men were certain, and yet, we were loose. We realized we have the expertise to beat enormous groups." Mortaza likewise hailed his group's overall show against South Africa.
"We played so well, particularly being in England. It is difficult for us in the conditions, which don't support us in the manner they do at home," Mortaza said after the success.
"I thought it was a standout amongst our best exhibitions, and we want to play the manner in which we played in this game. I'm certain that it won't occur each day, yet that is the ticket." Bangladesh have arrived in the UK with a mix of understanding and new players. While any semblance of Mashrafe, Shakib, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur included in the side's 2007 World Cup triumph against South Africa, adolescents like Soumya Sarkar, who crushed 42 off 30 balls give new measurement to the group.
"We have a substantial batting line-up. You take a gander at the experience, I have Tamim opening and Shakib batting at three, Mushfiqur returns at four. Soumya, he's turning out with something out of the case." Mortaza was additionally rich in his acclaim for all-rounder Shakib.
"Shakib has the experience and ensures that in the top request, he's progressively capable and he can hold all the strain to convey getting it done. He's actually spot on, and performed so well for the group," Mortaza said.