Irfan Pathan has showered a lot of praise on Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah, who is leading the visitors in the ongoing T20I series against India. The Indian all-rounder said that Bangladesh skipper's captaincy was similar to that of M.S. Dhoni.
Bangladesh had secured their first victory over India in T20Is in the first match in Delhi. However, they could not emulate their heroics in Rajkot as India thumped them by 8 wickets.
Speaking in the post-match analysis, Irfan Pathan said that when you defeat one of the best teams in the world, it helps in boosting the confidence and Mahmudullah had shown great qualities of a captain including the changes he made during the match. He added that there was a hint of MS Dhoni in his captaincy as he also used part-time bowlers after the powerplay which was a strategy often used by Dhoni.
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who is out of favour currently, also believes wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim with all his batting experience will play a crucial role if Bangladesh are to win the series in Nagpur.
Harbhajan said that Rahim was a player with a lot of experience as his ability to play both spin and pace bowling was great. He added that the Bangladesh wicketkeeper had the maximum responsibility in their squad in terms of batting which gave him an edge over Mahmudullah, who is also an equally good player.
India will take on Bangladesh in the series decider at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Nagpur on Sunday, November 10. The two nations will then play a two-Test series which will start from November 14. India's regular skipper Virat Kohli will resume his captaincy duties for the Test series after he was rested by the selectors for the T20I series.