'You burn you learn'- Mahmudullah recalls Bangladesh's heartbreaking defeat against India in 2016 T20 World Cup
Mahmudullah concedes that the loss still hurts him.
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The T20 World Cup 2016 match between India and Bangladesh is one of the closest encounters between the two teams. The latter team was all set to win the game with 2 runs needed off three balls and the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah in the middle. But the experienced duo went for the glory shot only to lose their wickets and eventually, India held the nerves to win the thriller by one run.
The win also kept India’s hopes alive to qualify for the semi-final. After the match, there was joy in one camp and utter despair in the other. Bangladesh players, especially Rahim and Mahmudullah, weren’t able to believe what they did after taking the team so close to victory. Recalling the defeat, the latter said that the loss was heartbreaking for every player in the side.
As far as the match is concerned, India had prodded along to 145 in 20 overs at the Chinnaswamy stadium in a must-win game. The Tigers were well on course in the chase until the brain-fade moment arrived in the last over. Moreover, Hardik Pandya, who was quite new to international cricket and bowled the last over, should also be credited for keeping his cool during such a crunch moment.
Mahmudullah reveals that every player in the team cried on that day
Coming back to the final over, after Rahim got out, it was Mahmudullah’s responsibility to take the team over the line. But he too tried to hit a boundary and in the process, was caught in the deep mid-wicket region. Soon after that, MS Dhoni heroically ran out Mustafizur Rahim as the Men in Blue completed a stunning come back.
In the live interaction with CricFrenzy, Mahmudullah was asked what would he do now if he goes back to the game. Answering the question, he replied that he will try to play the ball into the gap to grab two runs instead of going for a six.” I will try to put it in the gap and take a two,’’ Bangladesh’s T20I skipper said.
The 34-year-old also conceded that it was a great lesson for him as well as for other players in the team. The stinging loss still hurts Mahmudullah and summed up his failure stating ‘you burn you learn’.
“Because I think that was a great lesson I’ve learned in my life. I did a horrible mistake. It burns me all the time whenever I think about it. But I think I’ve learned from that mistake, once I heard that ‘you burn you learn’. So, I was burned on that day,” he added.
The right-handed all-rounder recited that after losing the match he cried a lot in the dressing room, “Yes, I’ve cried, actually we all did when we got back to the dressing room we all cried,” Mahmudullah concluded.