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Sriram wants Bangladesh’s T20I players to create ‘impact’, not focus on ‘performances’

Bangladesh’s technical adviser Sridharan Sriram believes ‘impact’ in T20 cricket trumps everything else. Even performance.

At his first press conference in Dhaka, Sriram – essentially brought on board for the T20I side – said that he believes a good performance can even be detrimental to a side unless it directly affects the outcome of a T20 match.

“I’m looking for impact, not performance,” said Sriram just after Bangladesh announced their T20 World Cup roster. “Bangladesh will win if seven or eight players make an impact. A 30 or 25, out of 17-18 balls is impact for me. A small example of this is the way Mosaddek [Hossain] went behind [Wanindu] Hasaranga in the over after Mahmudullah was released [at the Asia Cup]. That’s influence. I think performance is overrated in T20 cricket. A team can still lose if they have artists. But if we have more impact, there is a good chance that we will win more games.”

Sriram said Bangladesh’s struggle in closing games from tight quarters as an area to be improved. In nine T20Is this year, Bangladesh has lost seven matches after underperforming last year’s T20 World Cup in the UAE. Sriram believes that a lack of skill or mentality, or both, is holding the team back.

“We want to win crucial moments in the match. Bangladesh has lost a lot of close T20 games. The overall results would have looked a lot better if we had won half of these games. Why we are losing close games is something I very passionate about am understanding.

“We have to be aware of the critical moment. If we win small moments, we can generally string those results together. There is a good chance we will win close games. It could be skills, execution or it could also be mental. What is he thinking in those situations? These conversations are underway with the team leadership group. We do one-on-one and also small groups,” Sriram said.

Sriram is also eager to work with the returning batters from Bangladesh. Litton Das, Nurul Hasan and Yasir Ali missed the Asian Cup due to injuries, but Sriram believes they have the right skills to steer the team in the right direction at the World Cup.

“Litton Das is an established cricketer and Nurul has a good knowledge of his own game,” said Sriram. “I am very curious to see more of Yasir. He has the strength that Bangladesh lacks as a T20 team. Someone who can clear the ropes and find the boundaries. I think Rabbi [Yasir] is a very exciting prospect.

Sriram responded back to the suggestion that a good performance from Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup, next month in Australia, will earn him a contract extension. He previously said he wanted to focus on the positives of the Asian Cup, where he felt the team showed fighting ability despite losing to Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

“I’m not here to renew my contract. I’m here to do my job to the best of my ability during the time I have a contract,” Sriram said. “It’s not the right way to think of an expansion. I will do the best for Bangladesh. I carry my heart and soul for this team.

“The way we played in the Asian Cup was hugely positive. We had to win both games, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t play good cricket. I ask everyone not to be result oriented. As long as we have that direction, that’s all I’m responsible for.”

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