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Mashrafe Mortaza to rethink retirement plans after World Cup exit 

Staff Writer Updated: 6 July, 2019, 3:04 PM IST


Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman returned 5-75. That haul included a superb caught and bowled catch against Shadab Khan after diving low, to move to 20 wickets, four behind tournament leader Mitchell Starc. Chasing 316 runs to win, Bangladesh ended on 221 all out.

Shakib finished his tournament with a total of 606 runs from eight innings, the third highest ever in World Cup history, behind India's Sachin Tendulkar (673 in 11 innings) and Australia's Matthew Hayden (659 in 10). Shakib averaged 86 runs.

"He's been absolutely beautiful," Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said. "He has done what he could do ... I think he's one of the best (World Cup) performances of all time."

Bangladesh won three of its eight completed matches. It's yet to reach a World Cup semifinal.

Mashrafe said he had enjoyed the all-play-all format of this edition.

"Playing each other, to know our strengths, to know our weaknesses, and how can we improve our game going forward, it's (a) really very exciting tournament," he added.

When asked about his retirement plans, he refused to reveal the details.

"My future plan is obviously going home from here, and then I'll rethink," he told reporters.

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