Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2013-14 February 13, 2014

Bangladesh need aggressive, but responsible batting - Coach

Bangladesh batting coach Corey Richards wants his batsmen to cut out reckless shots and play percentage cricket at the same time

Bangladesh are slowly mastering the Twenty20 approach to batting but as Wednesday night showed, they are still prone to getting their calculations wrong. Unlike Sri Lanka, who found a way back in Chittagong after losing their way in the middle overs, Bangladesh usually go down quickly when they face a good spell of bowling, which in Twenty20s, can also be a single over.

Tamim Iqbal fell to a superb Angelo Mathews catch while Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain fell at critical times in the 169-run chase - in the 14th and 17th overs. Tamim failed at the pull, Shakib at the slog and Nasir at clearing the straight field.

Bangladesh's batting coach Corey Richards said that aggressive strokeplay should be complemented by caution at all times. Bangladesh batsmen have the habit of waiting for boundary balls in all formats, cutting out other options like an aggressively run single or two.

"Our philosophy is to promote aggressive but responsible batting, and by that allowing the players to express themselves but with a common sense approach," Richards said. "Sometimes if you play aggressively without responsibility then that is when you can become reckless, which is what we have been guilty of in the past and what we are trying to rectify within the players' mentality. It is important to have an aggressive mindset, but to play percentage cricket at the same time."

For Marvan Atapattu, Sri Lanka's assistant coach, batting in Twenty20s is all about keeping the mind uncluttered, especially if those in the middle have enough confidence. "It is about picking the right guys to perform at this format," Atapattu said. "You (need to) have people who are in the right frame of mind and who have the right mental capacity to try and execute skills under pressure.

"The game moves so quickly, you should be able to express yourself freely. Whoever is willing to do that, they can be successful," he said.

It is slightly more challenging for Richards, who has to correct the wrong habits that players have developed, and make sure they don't come back even in the nets. "Good habits come from practicing with intent, being specific and under match simulation.

"From a coaching side of things, one has to continually communicate with the player on what they are trying to do regarding the plans," he said.

Richards believes that by bringing in Sabbir Rahman in the batting line-up, Bangladesh can have two attacking batsmen in the end overs, instead of just Nasir.

"I think that someone like Sabbir Rahman has shown at domestic level that he is a good finisher and if those two [Sabbir and Nasir] are in at the death then it will be good to watch.

"It is important that the tail has the ability to clear the ropes and with [Farhad] Reza, [Sohag] Gazi and Mashrafe, we have three of those guys if required," he said.

Coaches will talk about plans and how they ought to be executed, and it can sometimes be mind-numbing. But for a team like Bangladesh, gaining a lot of information about themselves gives them confidence. Atapattu's batsmen can bank on that given their quality and volume of experience, but it is one game at a time for Richards' batsmen.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    With due respect to all SL fans and SL team, I want to say that BD tigers are have the capability to beat any team of the world as they proved it several occasions in the past. I think the tigers still have a chance to level the T20 series trashing the lions in the second one.

    I'm waiting for the moment...come on tigers show ur strength to the cricketing world once again. we're with u.

  • md on February 14, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    thekeeper@ sorry to tell you that you have problem in your mind or head . because you should watch match after to comment . sl will teach bd ? do u mean this word ? where sl is no1 in t20. bd is no10. did you watch last match that was bd teach sl how to play on t20 ? if not plz check in youtube that match atleast if you have seam on you .

  • Josh on February 14, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    Today, SL is going to teach BAN how to play t20 cricket...and, also how to be professional. Today SL is going to put BAN back in their 'little' box.

  • zinnur on February 14, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    I think i know BD's problem.Most of them only hit through the cover area,so they only score quickly when the field is up or there is no cover fields man.And whenever there is cover they just take singles even if the required run rate is 10.00 just take a look at george bailey,i know he has a bad defense im not talking about that but he always finds a gap between mid wicket and mid on he always gets boundarys there so he almost never gets bobbed down.BD should try and look at him for example,not always hit through the cover area

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    It's normal that all the Bangladeshi's are so excited and pumped up. But they all forgot that in cricket every team has there ups & downs at any given day. As Bangladeshi fielders hang on to some top catches that doesn't say they are in top of their game. Srilankan's also did fair enough in the field. So Bangladesh team better to focus on their game rather than trying to become worlds best team in t20 in one good night. Because "YOU ALL KNOW HOW SRILANKANS CAN PUNISH" Good luck...

  • Android on February 14, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    Waiting to watch young stars performance focusing on Shabbir & Sunny

  • Android on February 14, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    we barely managed to win the last game..n bd had some unblvable fielding..and jus because we are no 1 in t20 doesnt mean we are good..gotta face the facts..BD is better than ever..congratulations for Bangladeshis for next match..

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    TheKeeper: Bangladesh already knows how to play T20 cricket if you haven't been playing attention in the last match. They may very well fold in 60 runs or submit SL to the same.At T20, even Murlitharan can beat Yuvraj Singh and one Enamul Haque can hit a no-ball boundary,,, that's the beauty of it!! its not easy to beat Bangladesh ( or any other country at T20 format) as Atapattu, Pererra, Dilshan has been saying from the beginning..

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    @TheKeeper, I dont know how srilanka will teach bangladesh in field. But i know that in previous match Ban teach u foolish peoples a lesson "Don't talk too much". Sri Lanka is a good team and we are competing with them to learn cricket. Yes, we are learning from you but that does not mean that we can not play cricket. if learning mean's you are weak then nobody can grow...

  • Altaf on February 13, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Well said Fogu! I agree with you!

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