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What happened to Mahmudullah

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CRICDOT DESK : This discussion has been going on in Bangladesh cricket for over a year now. However, the discussion was mainly centered on T20 cricket. That is the batting approach or strike rate of some batsmen. However, Mahmudullah Riyad also brought up the issue, which has been limited to T20 cricket for so long, in the one-day format.

He is known as the ‘Silent Killer’ in Bangladesh cricket. The name Riyadh was originally given to push the opposition to a silent defeat. He is also one of the best finishers in Bangladesh. Batting in the lower middle order, he left the field after winning many matches for Bangladesh. His slugging ability was also appreciated for a while. That is probably why his name came up as the captain of Bangladesh T20 team.

But there is a big difference between that Riyadh and today’s Riyadh. Almost every match (especially in the T20 format) now raises questions about his batting approach and strike rate. But nowadays, even in the ODI format, questions have to be raised about Riyadh’s batting. Let’s start with today’s innings. In ODI cricket, the innings of 29 runs off 53 balls is unbelievable today.

Now today may be an excuse for a batting disaster. But when he got down to bat, was there really a situation like playing such a slow innings? Even Liton Das, who was playing well at that time, was 22 yards away. Then there were Afif and Miraj. As a result, the innings played at only 54.61 strike rate cannot be accepted.

Despite going down to number six, there is no boundary in this innings of 53 balls. Tamim Iqbal was the first to be criticized for his strike rate in ODI cricket. However, when the opener Tamim played a big innings, sometimes he may compensate for the strike rate. However, Riyadh’s slow batting at number six will be able to carry the Bangladesh team?

Another thing Riyadh did in today’s innings was to expose the bowlers to bat. At least three times he has been exposed in front of the bowlers of Taskin, Shariful for the whole over with a single at the beginning of the over. The biggest demand for Riyadh’s survival is that they are seniors. Pushing young bowlers in this way is not a cheap thing to do. Also, calculate that three batsmen have been run out while batting against Riyadh.

Not just today’s match. Riyadh has batted like this in this entire series. He went back in the first match with 6 runs from 18 balls. Strikerate 48.055. However, the most questionable batting in the second match. Bangladesh got off to a great start because of Liton’s century. At one time it seemed possible to score 330 runs. When he started batting, Bangladesh’s score was 265 in 48.2 overs.

From there, a stormy innings was expected from Riyadh in the last four overs. However, this last time Riyadh seemed to be anchoring. He seemed to be taking time to get set. But he has no vision that 50 overs is coming to an end. At that time he played 9 balls and got only 6 runs from his bat. Strikerate 7.6. As a result, Bangladesh’s total score was 306 runs.

As a series with Afghanistan, maybe it didn’t become a barrier for Bangladesh. However, 306 runs are no longer safe with big teams. As a result, these small things can make Bangladesh lose in big matches. And when the batsman at number six and the country’s T20 captain played such an innings, the questions became more complex.

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