The likes of Netherlands and Ireland were expected to perform better than Scotland in the 2021 T20 World Cup but the latter came out on top.
Scotland had a great run in the qualifying stage of the 2021 T20 World Cup, winning all their three matches against Bangladesh, Oman and Papua New Guinea.
Beating an established International team like Bangladesh meant a lot for them and will go a long way in the team making it to the next rung of international cricket.
No match for big boys
However, they could not beat any of the big boys as the team ended up losing all their five matches of the super 12 stage against Pakistan, New Zealand, India, Afghanistan and Namibia.
Nevertheless, they will take back some happy memories with them, leapfrogging the likes of Netherlands and Ireland, who were considered to be better teams than Scotland to begin with.
Coetzer proud of Bangladesh win
This is what a visibly elated Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer had to say after the team made ripples by beating Bangladesh by 6 runs in the qualifying stage of the 2021 T20 World Cup.
“Credit to the Bangladesh bowlers, they showed high class skills. They did blow us away a bit. But you can’t count any team out in T20s. We had a lot of belief in our batting depth, we do feel we can all hit the ball a long way. Greaves and Watt showed it. It was tricky, there was plenty of dew. I felt our fielders tackled it well apart from myself, all credit to them. It (lower order fightback) just shows that we can win a game from any position. We fought back with some great knocks and this is a great confidence builder. We understand that we have to play extremely well to beat sides.”
“We certainly didn’t play to our full potential tonight against a good Bangladesh side. We’ll do what we do after winning games, and maybe debrief at some point tomorrow. Huge togetherness amongst our crowd. That’s one of the most important things that we need when we want to get across the line under pressure. Everyone backs each other. Really proud of the guys. We continually keep proving to ourselves that we’re capable.”
The likes of Matthew Cross, Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington have been delivering for Scotland for a long time now. All they need to do now is to discover a new crop of batters.