Play your natural game, Mahmudullah’s tip to Afif

The Pioneer

The Pioneer

Author 2019-11-06 11:00:57

Young Bangladesh all-rounder Afif Hossain is happy that skipper Mahmudullah Riyad has allowed him to play his natural game which has helped him grow in confidence.

Afif, who is a batting all-rounder did his bit with the ball getting rival debutant Shivam Dube’s wicket with a smart return catch during Bangladesh’s seven-wicket win over India.

“The environment is pretty good in the dressing room. Our captain’s (Mahmuddullah) message is simple — play in a way that suits you best. Aggressive instinct in the field (in first T20) was a part of our plan,” he added.

The youngster however doesn’t want to be dragged into the debate whether India are under pressure after losing the first T20 but admitted winning the series opener has definitely bolstered the confidence of the visitors.

“I can’t say if India is in pressure. But we are confident enough after winning the first match. We are feeling good, which will help us to improve in the coming matches,” Afif said ahead of the second game.

He added that the message from team management is simple— focus on your own job and give your best, results will follow.

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