Mahmudullah seeks to fill the leadership gap of Bangladesh

NEW DELHI: Rohit Sharma The words on the eve of the first T20I should be music to the ears of Bangladesh cricket fans, who have always been fighting the tag of little fish. Rohit stressed that Bangladesh is now mature enough to beat teams rather than cause discomfort.

Rohit knows he's just replacing the regular captain virat Kohli , which is giving your body a rest. It's a completely different story for Mahmudullah , which has been raised to the hot seat due to unforeseen circumstances.

It's not just about replacing the biggest name in Bangladesh's cricket in Shakib Al Hasan . It is also about building on the solid foundation established by a great leader in Mashrafe Mortaza . After the World Cup this year, Shakib was destined to take the team forward.

Now, the ship has been rocked and Mahmudullah finds himself in front of the wheel trying to steady it.

Unlike Rohit, who is keen on carrying forward Kohli and the team management's policies, Mahmudullah knows it's up to him to build a team for the T20 World Cup in a year's time. I don't take this opportunity as a burden. I have done it a few times before as well when Shakib and Mashrafe were not around, Mahmudullah said.

Much of Bangladesh's rise as a limited control force since the 2015 World Cup revolved around Mortaza's leadership and Shakib's evolution as the first SUV in world cricket.

A day tour in Dhaka would summarize how the pulse of Bangladesh cricket is dominated by these two players. We will welcome Shakib with open arms. We loved Shakib, still love Shakib and will continue loving Shakib, an assertive Mahmudullah said, summing up the significance of the allrounder.

They have been great leaders. Shakib has some amazing qualities. Mash (Mortaza) had been a great motivator. We have been playing together for a while. I just need to step up and be a good leader for our group, Mahmudullah said , giving a glimpse of how his men thrive on good leadership.

The Bangladesh board wastes a lot to import quality support staff. Daniel Vettori He is present as a consultant to complement the head coach Russell Sunday . But it all comes down to the man on the field reading his players and working around him.

We have to play as a team. As a group, we need to use our opportunities and commit to execute our plans. I love this opportunity to lead the team. I need to score for the group to work too.

Mahmudullah emphatically claimed to have done his primary job, to take the team's mind off all the recent domestic issues. That's an issue that has gone by. We are focussing on playing tomorrow and win the game, he remarked.

These are probationary times for Bangladesh, but they could do well to be inspired by the three keywords Rohit pronounced on Saturday: mature, defeated and annoying.