Records tumbled from all fronts in the third ODI at Sylhet between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe as hosts completed a whitewash in the three-match series by 123 runs.
It turned out to be a befitting end for Bangladesh’s most successful ODI captain, who recently put an end to tenure, leading the Tigers.
However, the old war-horse of Bangladesh cricket intends to continue playing for his country in the 50-over format.
Mortaza, in a post-match interaction, registered his satisfaction after completing his glorious stint, captaining his country.
“One responsibility has lessened. It was a huge responsibility. Someone feels bad, some feel good, I have a mixed feeling. But I feel good that I could complete in a good position as captain. And finishing with a win makes me feels good,” stated Mortaza, according to Cricbuzz.
The 36-year old, led the Tigers in ODIs on 88 occasions, out of which Bangladesh ended up winning 50 games (win %: 56.8).
Later, the seasoned campaigner disclosed his key to success for captaining a side such as Bangladesh.
The Jessore-born cricketer revealed that his focus was solely on the off-field issues, relating with the players and their troubles, and backing them correspondingly.
“I don’t think there is much to do on the field, but off the field, there are so many things to do with the players,” Mortaza continued.
“I think they get disturbed by so many things. It could be from their family side. Something might be popping up they might not want to see. Personal problems. Out form, not able to adjust with the coach, fitness issue. It varies,” added the highest wicket-taker for Bangladesh in ODIs.
Further, Mortaza hailed former coach Chandika Hathurusingha era as the golden period of his captaincy. Also, he concluded by claiming that this is not the time for the current coach to experiment with the side; rather, it is the time to focus on results.