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Return is not easy, format is also not ideal: Mashrafe

Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was away from cricket for more than 8 months. When he’s about to return, the old friend of Mashrafe, injury hit him again. But as always, he won the battle and made his return to cricket in the ongoing Bangabandhu T20 Cup for Gemcon Khulna.

The good news is, the 37-year old pacer was the hero of Khulna to win the match against the inform Gazi Group Chattogram and made it to final of the tournament. The veteran Mashrafe took his maiden T20 five-wicket haul in the match.

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Mashrafe retired from Tests and T20Is already, only playing in ODIs. But he made his return after 8 months with the most challenging format, T20s. How challenging the return had been, Mashrafe revealed after the match against Chattogram.

“Cricket is a mental game. It was not easy. I was out of the game for the last 8-9 months. So the return is not easy. The format (T20) is also not ideal. I was tested coronavirus positive. Then I got fit. But again I got a hamstring injury. It was difficult then,” Mashrafe said.

However, the ‘Narail Express’ expressed his satisfaction about the five-wicket haul against Chattogram. “The good thing is I was able to handle everything, was confident too. Thank God for everything that is happening. If you get wickets like this, your confidence will definitely boost,” he said.

Mashrafe did not forget to give credit to the batsmen. With a total of 210 runs, the batsmen laid the foundation for the victory, which made the work of the bowlers easier.

“There was pressure on the opponent to chase big runs and play shots. So it was important to put the ball in the right place. I knew some runs would come out. But chasing 211 runs at the end of the day is not easy. The night wicket stays a bit flat. So 180-190 would have been easy for them to chase the run. More than 20 runs have put pressure on them and given us the freedom to bowl,” Mashrafe concluded.

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