Bangladesh v India, 3rd ODI, Mirpur June 18, 2014

Streak backs Bangladesh's 'ability' to turn around fortunes

Bangladesh have lost nine ODIs in a row. They have ceded a home series to an India side their captain had labeled second-string. Everything from body language to haphazard shot-selection has been blamed and on Tuesday, when they were bowled out for 58, Mushfiqur Rahim could not pinpoint the exact source of his side's troubles. There were just too many of them.

The camp was in regroup mode at training in Mirpur, on the eve of the final ODI. Bangladesh's chief of cricket operations, Akram Khan, dropped by. So did Habibul Bashar, selector and former captain. All of them would have known that the most glaring issue to be addressed was the batting, especially with the spice the weather can add to the Mirpur pitch.

Heath Streak, the bowling coach, was succinct when asked by ESPNcricinfo what change he wanted to see from his batsmen. "To score runs," he said jovially. "It's just about backing their ability and playing according to the conditions on the day. That's the important thing, and to have the confidence to go out there and apply yourself in different conditions.

"The first [match's] wicket was really flat and the second one was probably the opposite. So the whole approach and strategy was changed a lot and I know that's something that has been addressed and they'll have to work hard at getting it right for the next game."

While conceding that the task ahead was quite difficult and would not be achieved overnight, Streak believed his charges have the "ability" to overturn their prolonged slump.

"I was part of a Zimbabwe changeroom that was in very similar situations quite regularly. That's when you want people to show character and fight and that's when you need your senior players to stand up and be counted and lead from the front. I know that will happen. This is a good team. They've got the potential. They will improve.

"It's not that they don't have the ability. They've pushed some good teams close recently and they've just been on the wrong end of the results and sometimes it's hard to get out of that losing streak, but I'm confident that when we do, we just need to make sure that we work hard and stay on top and build from there."

Bangladesh do have something working in their favour, in their bid to springboard back to from: the bowling. Streak was pleased with how the bowlers attacked India on Tuesday. Taskin Ahmed was pacy and he struck lengths that made the batsmen uncomfortable. Mashrafe Mortaza was accurate and miserly. They created enough opportunities, and that resulted from an adjustment in thought process, a lesson the batsmen will do well to pay attention to as well.

"It's still early days [for me as bowling coach]," Streak said. "I'm just getting them [the bowlers] to have a positive mindset, be a little more aggressive and not to be intimidated by the fact that they're playing - in their minds - against superstars.

"They [India's batsmen] play the IPL, they've seen them play in India and other places. But they're human beings. They make mistakes. They're very good at doing their jobs, but a good ball is a good ball, doesn't matter if it's to Suresh Raina or Rayudu or one of our own like Mushfiqur. And if you do that more consistently and at a good pace, if you do that, then I think we will challenge people more."

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • irfan on June 19, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    BD hwoever there bowling is not bad at all so there is something to work with

  • niaz on June 19, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Indian batsmen ( in the first 11 or second) average close to 50 in FC cricket.BD does not have a single batsman who averages 50. But BD batsmen are scoring close to 40 these days. Momin, Anamul, Musfique are a little better than their Ashraful & Co. India has 5 or more spinners who are test quality BD probably have only Sakib. Taskin and Al Amin are not as good as BK or Yadav. they are reasonably good. On their day.if the BD team start to believe in themselves they can win a few ODI matches against the other test teams... ODIs are competitive.. BD is more clueless in test cricket.. one or two good quicks can change it..

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    From second stringers, now to superstars, just because B'desh was thrashed?

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Good luck ..(Heath) Streak can you break Bangladesh losing streak ....

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Nippy is right. There is too much aggression, but the same is not backed by ability. This is why they looked bad, bundled out for 58. They will lose again. Tamim, Mahmudullah, Nasir. These blokes are never going to score any runs for the team. Come on Bangladesh. Make it TEN losses in a row. You know you can do it.

  • Senguttuvan on June 19, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    Bangladesh ready for whitewash. 10 in a row for bangla

  • Nipuna on June 18, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    Heath Streak: 'I'm just getting them to have a positive mind set, be a little more aggressive'... There is too much aggression if you ask me. They need to rein it in. They had 50 overs to score 105 and they went about it like they had 20 overs. Aggression is ok if one or two players do it (Kushal Perera, David Warner etc) but if the whole team does it, it will come off 1 in 100 times. They need a solid middle order and line and length bowlers in my view.

  • amit on June 18, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    it sure is Bangladesh's 'ability' to turn around fortunes to loose chasing 105 after being 44/2 !!! after all who else can do that! :P

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