Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st Test, Chittagong, 2nd day December 10, 2011

'Everything goes right in practice' - Mahmudullah

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mahmudullah, the Bangladesh vice-captain, has said Bangladesh may have a mental block when it comes to translating the things they do in practice to performances in matches. Bangladesh were bowled out for 135 by Pakistan on the first day of the first Test, in Chittagong, and then saw Pakistan move to 415 for 4 by the end of the second day. Mahmudullah said it was the batting that had been the most disappointing aspect of the performance so far.

"Everything goes right in practice but we couldn't apply it in the match," he said. "We can't understand during the match what we should do and what we shouldn't. So our shot selection went wrong. Hopefully we can do well in the second innings and bounce back in the match."

In seven Test innings this year, Bangladesh have gone past 300 just once. Mahmudullah said it was just a matter of one good innings, or one big score from an individual, that could turn around the batting form. "In the last two or three series we have not batted well. But in the previous one-and-a-half years we batted well consistently. So it's a matter of one innings. If we bat well, the confidence will come back.

"We are waiting for a good performance from someone. In the first innings Nasir [Hossain] played a good innings while Nazimuddin survived well. If someone plays a big innings we can get our confidence back through him."

Mahmudullah acknowledged that the poor turnout at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium was related to the team's poor performances of late. "As we are not playing well, spectators did not turn up. When we start playing good cricket, they will turn up again."

On the second day of the Test, Bangladesh were made to toil by Mohammad Hafeez, who scored 143, and Younis Khan, who stayed unbeaten on 96. Mahmudullah praised Pakistan's batting but also said there was no turn in the pitch and the Bangladesh batsmen could take heart from that.

"They were very compact and disciplined. The way they left the ball and the way they played shots, we can learn many things from them. As there is no turn and bite in the pitch and nothing for the seamers either, our plan was to be patient. We prevented them from batting fluently; our bowlers bowled well today."

Two out of Hafeez's four Test centuries have come against Bangladesh. He said he was happy to score against any opposition though Bangladesh were a stronger opposition in one-dayers than Tests.

"You want to perform against every opponent because every time you come out you always try to give your 100%. Bangladesh have done a great job in the last eight or nine years and have learned many things. I think they will keep working hard at it. At one-day level they perform much better than at Test level."

Hafeez was denied a bigger score by a poor umpiring decision: he was adjudged lbw though there was a thick inside edge. But Hafeez said it was a part of the game. "Sometimes you get a really bad decision, so I have no complaints. All you can do is work hard."

In a surprising move, Hafeez had been given the new ball on the first day, after Pakistan chose to field. He said he was comfortable with the new ball though did sometimes find it funny how much success he has had as a bowler in the past year. "I am always confident with the new ball and I bowl with it in the nets. I've been doing it for the last year and the confidence the management has shown in me that I can do this job at the highest level has been encouraging.

"Sometimes I laugh about my success with the ball because I am basically a batsman. My bowling just comes naturally because as a batsman I can understand the thinking of other batsmen."

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  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Whenever Banga players compete with Ashraful in the side - they are 1 man down. He is a joke, & should NEVER be selected in a Test side again. He is far & away the WORST performing batsmen in the history of Test cricket! Also - why haven't the Test players been playing in their domestic comp?? Nazzimuddin looks like he has the right temprement for tests. Tamim needs to pull his socks up. Sunny looks genuinely good. If I was a selector - I wouldn't bother about a pacer in the team, (if playing in Bangladesh) - although I like the look of Kazi Islam.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    How are they being allowed to destroy the game?

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Some people think that he is Shewag type player and used to punish bad ball ,mis-timed and the same history all the time.Some people are averaging bellow 30 and playing test and ODI.On the contrary,there are very few player even in Zimbabe who are playing ODI and test averaging bellow 30.You need Siddons type coach really who will treat like a school boy,a father like Law will not be able to steer u.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Bangladesh cric authorities shd change their attitude.Not necessary to copy every thing fm India.Viz in 60 yrs India cld not produce a single genuine fast bowler nd same thing is happening in B.D. India always portray their batsmen as best in the world but factually they r only good on Indian batting pitches,same is the case of B.D. if their one batsman scoers century they start giving him god like status. Sri lanka is v small natin(population-wise)but they r perfprming far better with real world-class cricketers.B.D shd learn fm them nd not get carried away with indian media portrial which most of the time is amere propagunda. Hope current thrashing will give some lesson to Bangla cric authorities.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    Nothing much to say about BD cricket team. The players acts irresponsible every time. The BCB officials also impose exotic decision for implementing their personal interest ignoring great interest of the nation. They are yet to learn how to run the cricket in professional manner. In every series they change a lot of player but the outcome is nothing....... Hopeless.......

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    While you practice (on the nets i.e.) do you 1. Think about the runs that you've scored, or runs that are needed to be scored, 2. Worry about opposition's strength/weaknesses. 3. Get affected by media/crowd reactions 3. Worry/calculate how many overs you got left 4. Face a whole new type of bowler 5. A new type of pitch 6. Think about the batting partner you're playing with or does your partner bring added pressure or helps release pressure in a game situation. NO. The answers to few more questions like these will direct you to what lacks in a practice type situation and if you look close enough you'll see they are mostly related to the mental/psychological aspects of the game which doesn't get a chance to be honed and mastered in doing JUST NET PRACTICE. You are mentally lot more sound, calm, collected, familiar with your expected threat when you do just net practice. No added pressure or surprise. Hope it makes some sense.

  • Javed on December 10, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    I want to reiterate and I will blame the current lack of failure and loss of confidence in Bangladesh team on Bangladesh Cricket board. I would say Jimmie Siddon did and excellent job bringing a total confidence in Bangladesh team. It took few years to do that. Before him Dave Whatmore did that, it also took him few years. Right at the moment when Bangladesh is suppose to flurish under a coach who has established an excellent bonding and communication with the team and coach, Bangladesh Cricket board has to fire that coach. Now whats new, the new coach has to go through the same dilemma and once everything will be working for them, Bangladesh cricket board will start over again. They are the one who is destrying the confidence and team chemistry.

  • Jawwad on December 10, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    That's right Zia - That's what Hafeez is. He is an old school genuine cricketer. I dare say after Imran Khan he (Professor), along with Misbah has the best cricketing acumen. I am looking forward to see him lead Pakistan in near future.

  • Sialkoti on December 10, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    I see only one problem with Bangladesh that they don't know how to draw a test match. The first step is always to draw a test match and then go for win. Their basics in test cricket are not right, they always play for win and always lose. Test cricket is about playing for draw and hoping for win. But if you go with mind set that you are going to win then with this weak team you will always lose. today, 10 years later or 100 years later.

  • Srinivas on December 10, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Bangladesh shouldn't be allowed to play test matches. Remember what Sehwag said - Bangladesh is an ordinary team in test matches. I think Sehwag was being too generous when he said Bangladesh is an ordinary team. Dear Bangla fans, look at your hopeless sitting ducks at home before you come onto India's matches to take visceral pleasures by taking pot shots at our big boys.

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