Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer reiterated that there is no dearth of talent in Associate Nations and all they need is a platform to showcase it at the highest level. Coetzer was a proud man as he was addressing the press after leading his team to a stunning 6-run over 6th-ranked Bangladesh in their T20 World Cup opener in Oman on Sunday.
It was Scotland first-ever win over a Test-playing nation in an ICC tournament as Kyle Coetzer’s team came up with an incredible fightback to defeat the more-fancied Bangladesh in a Group B Round 1 match at the Al Amerat Stadium.
After being sent into bat, Scotland were reduced to 51 for 6 but newcomer Chris Greaves came up with a counter-attacking knock, hitting 2 sixes and 4 boundaries for his 28-ball 45 as Scotland went on to post 140. They skittled out Bangladesh for 134/7 in 20 overs to claim one of their biggest wins.
Chris Graves was the star with the ball too as the leg-spinner, who possesses an array of variations, dismissed Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim just when the two Bangladesh stars were looking to take the game away after the fall of early wickets.
Bangladesh were never able to recover from the setback of losing their two experienced batters as they struggled to keep up with the asking rate.
‘He was delivering parcels for Amazon not too long ago’
Shedding light on Chris Greaves’s incredible journey to the T20 World Cup, captain Coetzer said the 31-year-old has made a lot of sacrifices to get to the highest level of cricket. Notably, Greaves made his international debut only earlier this month, picking up a 4-wicket haul against PNG in Dubai.
“I am really proud of Greaves. e really sacrificed a lot. He was delivering parcels for Amazon not too long ago, and now is getting Player of the Match against Bangladesh. I am not sure if he will appreciate me saying this,” Coetzer said.
“Seeing the performance from Mark Watt and Chris Greaves with the bat today, they are lesser-known people who had to make many sacrifices to get to where they are today,” he added.
“Greaves isn’t a contracted player in Scotland. He was on the fringes. He put his hand up, worked extremely hard and put himself in the picture. Going back a month, he wouldn’t even start in one of these games. Look at what he has done.
“It is just proof in the pudding that there are some quality players around Associate cricket. They just need the platform to show it,” the skipper said.
‘Special feeling to beat Bangladesh’
Kyle Coetzer said the win against Bangladesh is a reward for the hard work the players put in the lead up to the T20 World Cup. The Scotland captain said the players did not lose focus even as some of their tours kept getting cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We believed we can achieve this win. It didn’t quite go all our way, but it is a special feeling to beat Bangladesh. We have been planning for this tournament for a long time. We only played together as a group two months ago, after waiting a long time following the qualifiers.
“Guys were working hard behind the scenes, but it sometimes seemed we were working for nothing. Our tours kept getting cancelled. It was hard to manage, but this is reaping the rewards of keeping the faith that we will be a better team when this tournament comes around,” he added.
Scotland have a good chance of progressing to the Super 12. They are currently at the 2nd spot of the Group B table and win over either Oman or PNG will brighten their chances of progressing to the next stage.
Scotland next face PNG on October 19 at the Al Amerat Stadium in Oman.