Legspinner, Player of the Match in Bangladesh’s win over Pakistan, is hoping her team gets to play the likes of Australia, England and New Zealand more
“I just wanted to bowl in the right areas and bowl as many dot balls as possible, and the wickets would come. If the scoreboard pressure is there, they will give us wickets. The asking rate was 6.5-7 when I came to bowl (in the second spell). So I just had to bowl normally, and I was successful.”
“I was trying to bowl in the blockhole in the second spell, so they couldn’t hit me over the field. I was trying to mix it up. They needed six-seven runs per over, so I was trying to give away two-three runs”
“I was confident that the batters would not be able to hit me for over-boundaries,” Fahima, who won the Player of the Match award, said. “I was trying to bowl in the blockhole in the second spell, so they couldn’t hit me over the field. I was trying to mix it up. They needed six-seven runs per over, so I was trying to give away two-three runs.”
“I have said this before and will say it again, that I, and everyone else, we are always very hungry to play well against Pakistan and beat them,” Fahima said. “We have always said that our bowlers win matches for us, and the batters don’t contribute so much. But at this World Cup, the batters have contributed a lot and the bowlers are doing a good support job. If there is a good stand at the start, and the pressure builds, it is a cause for concern.
“But we wanted to keep the run-pressure on them even though we weren’t getting wickets. We didn’t panic, even though we dropped some chances and missed a couple of run-out opportunities. We bowled well, and did well on the field, which is why we won.”
“We haven’t played much against England and Australia and New Zealand. So we are also unknowns to them, like they are to us,” Fahima said. “This is the first time we have qualified for the World Cup. I am hoping we would get more chances going forward. Our average age and experience are low. But all of us can bat, right down to No. 10, all of us are allrounders. We have played Pakistan and India, and South Africa (before).”
“We always try to do something special when we pick up wickets… it lifts us,” Fahima said. “I feel that this win, the winning habit, is good for us for the future. Since it’s our first World Cup, we want to take back some good memories. We have worked very hard to get here. I hope this has a big impact on women’s cricket in Bangladesh.”