WI vs BAN 2018: Bangladesh coach "pleasantly surprised" by T20I series win

Rhodes has warned Bangladesh not to get complacent.

Shakib led Bangladesh to the series win against the Windies. (Getty)

Newly appointed Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes was pleasantly surprised by  Bangladesh's T20I series win over the Windies. Bangladesh did not have the best of starts to the Test series as they were whitewashed in the Test series. 

Thereafter Bangladesh bounced back brilliantly first in the ODI series under   Mashrafe Mortaza and then the T20I series win under Shakib Al Hasan. 

"We don't want to get too carried away, but certainly we are very pleased," Rhodes said on Thursday (August 9), and added that the team could have won the 50-over series 3-0.

"I think it (the win) would give confidence to the squad. There's nothing better than winning. We have already played pretty well in ODIs previously, so we are optimistic." 

While he wasn't surprised with the result in the ODIs, he didn't expect the side to beat Windies in the T20Is. In Windies, not only were they up against the world champions in the shortest format, but Bangladesh had also failed to win a single T20I series away since mid 2012.

"The T20s came as a bit of a surprise," he said. "We really did play well in the second and third game. I am delighted that we have two series trophies. It was a great effort."

Rhodes believes the toss played a crucial role in deciding the outcome of the contest.

"The Test series was tough. We took a bit of a beating. Our batting was exposed a little bit in the Test matches. I think we need to generally tidy up a little bit, to try to improve our Test match batting," he said, adding that the issue with the batsmen was more mental than technical. "But we have got quality players. We just need to adapt to conditions and opposition a little bit quicker in away Test matches."

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)


By Anshuman Roy - 09 Aug, 2018

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