What’s wrong with Bangladesh ?
CRICDOT DESK : With only three days possible in the second and final tests in Dhaka, Bangladesh found a way to do the impossible-losing the test in the innings. When they were thrown for 87 in the first inning-there was their joint fourth lowest score in the test, the second hint of Bangladesh’s self-destruction when Pakistan put 300 on the board.
That’s exactly what happened in Bangladesh. In the end, spinner Sajid Khan’s 12 wickets were enough for Pakistan to win the 20 series, despite resistance in the second inning.
Woe To Go On?
Bangladesh has not yet won the test at the World Test Championship (WTC). The next trip to New Zealand will only make their job more difficult. In the recent past, the absence of two of their senior players Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal in most matches has hurt them. While finger injury kept Tamim out of the series against Pakistan he is expected to return for the New Zealand tour. Shakib, the only Bangladesh player with 4,000 runs and 200 Test wickets, is believed to have requested the BCB to relieve him of the tour.
Shakib also missed white ball tour of New Zealand earlier this year and also missed a couple of Tests against Sri Lanka in April as his priorities were set for the IPL. Add the unavailability of Mustafizur Rahman, constant injuries to Taskin Ahmed and retirement of a senior player like Mahmudullah from the longest format, it does paint a sorry picture for Bangladesh especially in the Test arena. I haven’t exceeded the limit. They lost all the games in the Super 12 phase of the T20 World Cup before starting the tournament with the defeat of the first round to Scotland. After that, they were hidden at home in the Pakistan 30’s T20I series, and in testing, there seemed to be no plans or strategies to go into a fierce cricket for five days in general.
Tamim, Shakib doesn’t have enough games
Since losing to Afghanistan in 2019, Shakib has only taken three tests in Bangladesh. During this time, Bangladesh lost eight out of eleven games, defeated Zimbabwe twice and drew to Sri Lanka.
Tamim has been a huge miss with the bat. In Tests since 2019, he has been Bangladesh`s most prolific scorer despite missing almost half the Tests. In eight matches, he has scored 739 at 52.78. He has slammed a century and six fifties in this time frame, but what has been most satisfying to see is his intent at the top, scoring at a strikerate of over 76. No other Bangladesh player can match the array of shots that the opening batter has and his absence has been evident across formats.
Mushfiqur Rahim put more pressure on him because he didn’t have two star players. To his honor, Mushfiqur is fairly consistent with an average of 50 over the past few years. With Liton Das taking over the gloves, Mushfiqur played with one less load, allowing him to focus on the punch. This has proven to be a step in the right direction.
Mushfiqur, will Liton rescue?
Speaking of Liton, it really improved, especially in 2021. This was the best year of running nearly 600 times with an average of 49.50. In the series with Pakistan, he raised his eyebrows when he came in front of Shakib in the second test, especially in his first match at Chittagong, where he scored 114 and 59, proving its value in 6th place. ..
In fact, Liton and Mushfiqur have been impressive duos in testing since 2019. They are Bangladesh’s most prolific partnership, with 615 out of 8 innings averaging close to 77. Both occupy 5th and 6th place in the lineup and will be tasked with building on top of that in the near future. Liton was carrying a ton of monkeys in a recent series, so in the future you can see him play more such punches, which can certainly ease the pressure of other players. I did.
As of 2018, Bangladesh lost 15 out of 22 tests. Three of the five victories during that period played against Zimbabwe. They can stay home to some extent, but they are absolutely the worst in places like New Zealand, India and the Caribbean. The Tigers have been in test status for over 20 years. The limited edition may be difficult to crack, but testing isn’t progressing steadily. It’s time to set priorities in this format. BCB also serves to motivate and train players to play in this format. If not, Bangladesh will continue to be another team just to determine if it is worth playing with this game level.