Bangladesh v SL, 2nd ODI, Mirpur

'We are very slow learners' - Mushfiqur

Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

February 20, 2014

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Mushfiqur Rahim goes deep in his crease to cut, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Mirpur, February 20, 2014
Mushfiqur Rahim made 79, but the batsmen at the other end kept falling to big shots © AFP
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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim is unsure whether his team is willing to listen and learn. He cut a frustrated figure while attending the post-match presentations and the press conference and later as he walked back to the dressing-room.

The home team conceded the ODI series to Sri Lanka with the last match still left to play. The fielding once again let them down. Nasir Hossain dropped Ashan Priyanjan when his partnership with Kumar Sangakkara had just started, with Sri Lanka struggling on 65 for 3. There were three other dropped catches over the course of Sri Lanka's innings.

The 290-run chase never got off the ground, despite the batsmen always maintaining a healthy run-rate. The trouble was playing one shot too many, and it was pretty much the same problem for every batsman in the line-up.

Mushfiqur felt let down by his teammates, and he drew an example from the Chittagong Test from earlier this month, to point out exactly how communication falls through in the Bangladesh team.

"I tell them but the results are different than when other captains tell their players to do things in certain ways," Mushfiqur said. "I will give you a simple example. Al-Amin [Hossain] played a shot towards the end of the first innings of the Chittagong Test, and was dropped at long-on. He had [Mahmudullah] Riyad bhai at the other end telling him to not play big shots. [Shamsur Rahman] Shuvo and I were shouting at him from the dressing-room prior to that shot, but he still played the shot.

"Now when [Kumar] Sangakkara bats with Mendis and Lakmal, he says the same things. If someone is not willing to listen, then it is not the fault of the person telling him. It will depend on him, whether he wants to listen or not. He came back and told me that my bat automatically goes when I see a ball like that. I think we are very slow learners. We must learn as fast as possible."

Mushfiqur said his team's inability to win crucial moments and the poor form shown by some of the senior players were the main reasons for the defeat.

"I think the environment outside the field is the same [as before]," he said. "It is the mistakes in the crucial times which have affected us. The senior players and performers are going through a bit of off-form, which might be a problem.

"As a whole team, we are a bit low on confidence and mentally weak. We need a win to get out of this phase. But to get that one win, the work that we did in the last one and a half years, we have to work doubly hard. A win against any team will be difficult. We have to give more than 100 per cent in the last game."

Despite the form shown by the players, what has also undermined the team has been a spate of injuries. The team have also stuck with Mahmudullah, despite his poor form.

He bowled three overs, dropped a sitter and was run out for just one in this game. He was out for a two-ball duck in the previous game, and also dropped an easy chance at slip. Naeem Islam made two crucial fifties against New Zealand in November but hasn't played since.

Mushfiqur explained that he needed an allrounder at No 7, but said he wouldn't drop players without giving them a proper run. "Naeem [Islam] generally bats at No 5 and in that position now we have Shakib," he said. "We need an allrounder at No 7 and we need an input from there, whoever it is, be it [Sohag] Gazi or Mahmudullah.

"As a Bangladesh captain, dropping a player without giving him another chance is something that I am not in favour of. Even if someone goes through a bad patch, I will try to back him. We did a similar thing in the case of Marshall Ayub. Although it didn't work out today, I believe that in the near future a player receives at least this much of support."

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Posted by naimurchowdhury32 on (February 22, 2014, 11:46 GMT)

Bangladesh coaches Jurgensen, Mcinnes should take the blame as they are not interested.

They are too soft and dont tell the players anything inspite of repeated mistakes.

Posted by AbdulMohamad731 on (February 22, 2014, 0:19 GMT)

Dont blame the players only. The coaching staff are even more responsible for the poor performances.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 13:28 GMT)

The way Shakib just got out it is just damaging the balance of the team. When players like Shakib and Tamim those who are the most experienced and regular choice just fall down in that fashion then we can not blame others. Others might say that after playing so many years if they can not learn, still play in same fashion then why we would be blamed!. That teams win who have the chemistry among players, right combination and everyone just play their parts. Small small commitment of few players can win matches. Just look at NZ and WIndies tour. So here advice is not working. So i will request BCB and Advice them! just sit down and draw a plan for next 3/4 seasons or 5 years to make some changes and development for our domestic cricket. Where is the problem! why they just break down in a pressure situations. This is happening from Junior to Senior level everywhere again and again from out first inaugural test so just let them play in a pressure situations and grow as more professional

Posted by wapuser on (February 21, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

BD played well except last game. more than their ability to be honest. What is this fuss

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (February 21, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

Its time to drop sakib.look what we have achieved without him-won series against wi 3-2.won against nz 3-0.draw with sri in sri 1-1.but when sakib joined the team in zim we lost 2-1.so drop sakib we have much better left arm spinners than him.and his batting dont count.

Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (February 21, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

Why on earth, dragging poor Al-Amin? (Is that why Mashrafe was chosen ahead of Al-Amin? for 'sensible batting'!!?) If you are disappointed with Shakib or Nasir for this match, and you decide to speak out anyway, then speak straight at least! Shakib should be the captain. Yes after all those shots he is playing recently. If Shakib did not bear the cross of being Bangladeshi player he would bat at no.7 in any international team. After all the honest efforts to restrict opponent's scores being nullified by fellow bowlers/field and the 'specialist' no. 1-4 fail to build 100+ partnerships as usual, I appreciate his attempt to keep BD alive in the match. These negative trends remind me of the early days when BD played cricket for 'respectable defeats'- an opener getting so full of himself after one fifty; one player is called in not for superior abilities but for the incumbent's failure; a performing player abruptly rested while out-of-form player persisted with etc.

Posted by Abubvs on (February 21, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

Coming from an Indian Fan..Well done Sri lanka..but my heart goes out to Bangladesh as they have faltered only on the winning moments..time is on their side..they have to quickly make ammends..

I think Asia Cup is the best opportunity to prove everybody right through consisten performances.. Problem is the expectations of the people We Indians are experiencing right through..it is tough..

Anyways best of luck BD Boys..

Posted by android_user on (February 21, 2014, 7:25 GMT)

BD playe still playing with a match planning. no one play according to match

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

I just wondering why Shakib was going after each ball in 2nd one day. What was going in his mind?. Definitely he was not thinking for the team or game plan (is there any game plan) . one answer can be either he was playing for himself or just not in a situation to play calmly , low in confidence. I think advice will not work in practically. Our domestic cricket need to be more competitive with standard pitches. More and more our players are used to play similar pressure situations , they will be more professional and grow as a constant performer. Domestic pitches must be difficult. balanced teams and format can make tournaments competitive. Spinning or bounce track can make even contest for teams. Domestic coaches should focus on innings building approach. How to rotate the strikes and wait for bad balls to hit. Just imagine when BD will travel foreign soil then how much difficulty our players can suffer. BD bowlers need a special spinning coach permanently.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

bangladesh should any how try to win against afganistan....at least 4 their fans whold support them eyery time....i guess what will happen if they loose that game....but it will be cracker of a game when two minows play....

Posted by Taaro on (February 21, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

Bangladesh is a easy opponent to Sri Lanka, so this is not something to celebrate by Sri Lankan Team. We (Sri Lanka) need to power-up more and more for Asia Cup. it's gonna be a total different matches. and team need a big Change of CHANDIMAL. giving so much of chance distroy a chance of a new comer. chandimal fails always, so giving a new man is not a problem. because even if new comer fails same result happen from Chandimal too at that point. so atleast someone can have a experience in International Arena... this is only a opinion of mine. time to think. only few days more to Asia Cup

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

Even if Bangladesh lost every single match(which they almost always do) its always a case of bad luck or poor umpiring or something else.. They remind me of a guy who would flunk the exam every-time, but in his mind he always did the best and the examiners didnt know his true potential... Good luck Bangladesh, as thats all you can really hope for..

Posted by Taaro on (February 21, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

yes. as you all say, my idea also Banga is dropping the momentum. in last few months i have notice that Ireland team is preforming really well. so if Bangladesh didn't learn quickly they will miss the Life of Cricket in International Arena...

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

the bottom line is bangladesh is not a gud team.....they just have 2-3 qualiy playrs wen they perfom they loose by a small margin or some times they win ....and the main problem is they rate themselves very highly with out any performance.......there should be qualifier matches for the asia cup for teams like bangala etc.....because of them some matches will be boring...and 1 sided.....

Posted by Udendra on (February 21, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

Isn't this the same guy who said "we can beat anyone at home"??

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 4:54 GMT)

sad....also bad fears their native umpires....bcs, host umpires are trying to prove their neutrality by slaughtering their country players on the crease?? we dont need BD umpires....

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (February 21, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

When I see this Al-Amin's story said by Rahim, it reminded me of Chandimal. He never listens and learns too. Chandimal's attitude is more like a Bangladeshi.

Posted by ErangaMahesh on (February 21, 2014, 4:10 GMT)

@asiacricket1234 what always matters is winning the match.not how it wins. Bangla got many decisions in there way. Even if you can't win a match in your country u can't win in anywhare.

Posted by   on (February 21, 2014, 3:47 GMT)

As A Cricket Lover From Sri Lanka, I Have Followed Bangladesh Cricket For A Long Time.Their Progress Is Very Very Slow Compared To Other Countries, I think The Reason Is They Are A Highly Overated Team, The People Around Them Praise Them Even In Defeat, They Give Excuses Like If And But, Without Correcting Their Mistakes, The Mental Side Is Very Low.They Lack The Professional Touch. Take A Example From Sri Lanka Australia And South Africa. Good Luck For the Future.

Posted by mysay on (February 21, 2014, 3:25 GMT)

If BD needs to learn no one better than SL to learn from. Sangakkara's approach to a long innings, takes singles regularly and put's the bad balls away. Mahela is a class act in pacing his innings. A few batsmen designated for shots (Kusal, Thisara, Senanayake) and it's only them that go for big shots frequently. Mathews has developed his bowling to ensure he get's the new ball to swing. Malinga get's the yorkers and mixes his pace excellently. Even though we don't have big spinners they stick to the basics in line and length. SL may not be the best team, but among the best and will always go down fighting, if a match is within reach they will never let it slip, which BD did in both the T20's and the 1st ODI. BD needs to designate it's players and give them specific roles, if not playing cricket the way you are playing, is a lost cause.

Posted by Big_Brother_of_Cricket on (February 21, 2014, 1:04 GMT)

Before the series started Rahim's comment was "We can beat any team at home", and only after2 ODIs he says "we are a bit low on confidence and mentally weak". This sums up their over confidence and mental condition about Cricket. Rahim has made a big error in pointing out a single individual as an example of that his players are not listening. That's not the professional way to go about the business and it further will worsen the team culture and confidence. Press conferences are not the places to hand out advice to other players. It's high time BD goes back to the drawing board and make a few decisions. If a player does not perform well or if he's not a team player, that player should be sacked until he learns his mistakes. Even if he the No1 player, it shouldn't be changed. Furthermore, be humble and change your attitude about the whole thing of playing Cricket for the country. Fans need wins, not a few sixes here and there.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 23:34 GMT)

This is quite risky by Mushi though. This could help players improve or players especially Al Amin, who hasnt done that badly, feel useless and can cause a detrimental effect within the dressing room and consequently Mushi may get some players who won't like him as much. However this was needed and atleast there is no boasting... also we are playin SL not any weak team although we have made SL sweat a lot in this ODI and T20s but blaming Al Amin was quite harsh since he is new to international. cricket.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 23:21 GMT)

Why the captain picks on a newbie - not even a batsman! Pick on the established Shakib - now that guy should know better! Set an example if you can by demanding of the established!

Posted by SL_WorldChampions on (February 20, 2014, 23:19 GMT)

@hussain277 - Spot on... (1) mental strength (2) situation handling That's what BD team is lacking, although they got the skills. They are not thinking themselves as minnows these days, which is a very good thing.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 23:12 GMT)

Everyone could see how annoyed you were during that run chase after all those batting failures. Good job Mushi for finally saying something true and less arrogant. What you said is true and Bangladesh really need a big win vs SL but on current form I see another loss... it seems to me that Bangladesh just want SL to get the clean sweep.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 22:49 GMT)

Dear Selectors,

Please it is now time to put faith in new players: Shadman Islam, Marshall Ayub, Anamul Haque, Naeem Islam, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Mossadek Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Al- Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and others.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 22:27 GMT)

Mushfiqur Rahim, you disgust me and how low can you get?

You are blaming Al- Amin Hossain for the troubles of Bangladesh, when you yourself have been guilty of these erratic shots. What about all your buddies the likes of Tamim, Shakib, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Shamsur and so? Oh yes, we know why, because Al- Amin is an easy target and he and Naeem Islam is not within your click. You say that you wanted the worst all-rounder in the world at no.7, because you want to give him a run in the team. It seems he has had endless runs in the team to prove himself.

I don't buy what you say. I think you are completely UNTRUTHFUL. THE BEST THING THE SELECTORS CAN DO IS TO DROP YOU AS A CAPTAIN AND APPOINT MOMINUL HAQUE.

Posted by justanotherfan13 on (February 20, 2014, 22:08 GMT)

Why all these hatred guys? BD lost because they did not play well. This is the first one day series defeat for them since 2011. @ ibbani: BD beat Lanka and India in the last asia cup, so it would be wise to keep BD in the equation.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 20:54 GMT)

I think most Bangladeshis acknowledges that BD cricket team is weak, we just don't want to be reminded. I agree with other people that Tamim and Shakib are domestic heroes and nothing more. No one in the right frame of mind should compare Shakib with Jacques kallis; Kallis is a genius who win matches for SA. I personally like Mushi, but its hard to manage when you have x and xx captains in the same team. They all have different conflicting ideals, which will not allow to unite the team. Its about time Mashrafe retires, I think his presence is negatively influencing the team and has little impact in the cricket ground. Anyhow, Bangladeshi fans will always support Bangladesh cricket team no matter what other people say....looking forward for the third match.

Posted by FawltyBean on (February 20, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

@Robert Roemer - Problem with the Bangladesh team is they recently got very arrogant and started to disrespect other teams, but have nothing to back up all that arrogance.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (February 20, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

Bangladesh will never succeed until they learn to play like a team/ a cohesive unit and stop playing as 11 individuals. I kinda feel bad for Rahim. He really wanted someone with experience to stick around with him today. But, players like Shakib 'n Nasir did what they wanted. I think many BD batsmen have taken their selections for granted coz they know that they won't be dropped no matter what. I think its about time for the captain and the team management to take some drastic measures regarding some players and their non-compliance attitude. If you can't be a team-man, you have no place in the team, doesn't matter how talented you are. If players like Shakib can't play his role, what's the point of having 'em in the team ?

Having said that, I think some people here really need to take some chill-pills and stop this constant Bangladesh-bashing. These poor BD fans know that they've lost the game and we don't really need to point that out over 'n over again. Grow up people.

Posted by hussain277 on (February 20, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

Dismissals of Shakib and Nasir indicates maturity level???no doubt Bangladesh has talent but still waiting for mental strength + situation handling.......Hoping good for Asia Cup. Good Luck BD

Posted by i_amVIVA on (February 20, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

Mushi needs to be utmost professional and more tactful about outing internal conversation about fellow team-mates into media; this is unprofessional, becomes a laughing stake, and undermines integrity of the team and the country he represents. And Congrats to SL for their strong performance ahead of more important AsiaCup and the WorldCup...

Posted by RibhavBansal on (February 20, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

We can beat any team at home - yeah right Mushfiqur, Test Series lost 1-0, T20 Series 2-0 and ODI series 2-0 with 1 match to go, first win a match and then talk about winning a series, hopefully he resigns, he only talks big and hardly delivers, at least Shakib is a better captain than him, The results may not change but at least the best player in the team will be the captain.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

just do what Clarke has done, take a leaf out of his book; just say "We aim to get back to number 1" even though you thoroughly don't deserve it, aren't good enough a team to achieve it, and everybody hates you : just simply and arrogantly strive to achieve the most lofty goal imaginable and who knows? You just might achieve it!

Posted by mirandola on (February 20, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

No, Ipsita, the bottom line is that Bangladesh is a stupid team; they have still not learned, despite innumerable collapses and defeats, that cricket needs to be played to a rhythm, and the rhythm is that of the match in hand. If you can only play one way, if you can only bat one way, you are not an international side. Very simple, and it has been rammed down BD's throat since they were accepted into the top flight, and still they play as if they're on the beach whacking sixes off their sisters. That won't do at international level, and there has got to be serious soul-searching before BD are relegated back to the associates, where, maybe, they belong.

Posted by ibbani on (February 20, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

heheheheehehee - as if you have leant too much. You are a mediocre team, just an ordinary team. The real fight in Asia cup is between 3 giants IND/SRL and PAK. Othes are just cake walk.

Posted by Atiq_Shadhin on (February 20, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

Mushi, your team did not get Bangladeshi's feelings. They play like practise match. Why everyone go to the ball for maximum time? Is it cricket? Shame on you guys. Better luck next time.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 20, 2014, 18:06 GMT)

@Kavindu: If we are ordinary team than you guys need to be worried. The way you struggled in T20 & ODI against us God knows what gonna happen in Asia Cup to you guys haha

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (February 20, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

Dear Mushfiqur, How long will it take to learn? another 14 more years?

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

@Ipsita Das Probably u hv forgot wht ur so called world champion India did in Newzealand... :p

Posted by CricCritic27 on (February 20, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

I agree with Mehdi Rahi Bangladesh are really lacking confidence at this point. To be honest, this is the first game since the test series that Sri Lanka have comprehensively won, and well done to them. They outplayed us in all 3 aspects of the game. Otherwise, look at the T20's. Look at the 1st ODI. Those could have easily been BD wins if certain catches and certain decisions had been taken. Bangladesh have driven Sri Lanka hard in this series, so they really shouldn't be too disappointed, or not have enough confidence. They just need to actually play intelligent cricket when on the field. Naeem should definitely be brought in to test his ability ahead of the Asia Cup. We cannot go into the tournament with an out of form Mahmadullah. Nasir should also step up, and always remember that he still has a long way to go so that he never becomes arrogant. Also, why look at Sanga when you can look at Mushfy himself as a role model? He is unarguably the most solid batsman on the team right now

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Looking like some of the Indians are enjoying this scenario.For them I wanna say that BD team will come back hard soon.You all need to worry about your match with us in the asia cup.For our team skipper Musfik,tell seniors like Shakib and Nasir to play sensible cricket,especially Shakib because he is just giving his wicket like a gift......

Posted by i_amVIVA on (February 20, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

Congrats to Sanga and team SL. Until BD batsmen, especially, Sakib, Mushi, Nasir, Shamsur, Mash and Tamim learn the meaning of Patience, Partnership, Composure and Containment in their batting, they will remain an average team, depending on the opponents' mistake for their occasional success. There is no such thing called Luck ! After repeating, memorizing, culturing and vegetating the above mantra seriously by BD team, they should bring in Naeem and Tamim in the playing 11 by dropping Mahmudulla and Rubbel in the next game. Sorry to see BD going down in her own soil badly. And good luck :) to the Tigers next time.

Posted by ProdigyA on (February 20, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

Though Im not in favour of critisizing your own team mates in the public and the media, I think its ok sometimes, specially when the players has been cautioned several times behind closed doors.

"My bat automatically goes up when i see a ball like that" - at this level, this is the most rediculous excuse. You are playing for your country not street cricket.

Posted by android_user on (February 20, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

I think the main problem fir Bangladesh is they just think SL team similar to WI and NZ teams which is clearly not... And what about their commentators....They think average BD players as world beaters... I mean some of BD fans think Nasir Hussain who is a mediocre batsman at best is the greatest young talent in the world.... Now we all see who he really is... nothing more than a substandard player..... Sehwag was correct... BD is an ordinary team indeed.... cheers...

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 20, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

@ Legaleagle I still remember how Hafeez was boasting that he is gonna beat SL and go to No 1 in T20 but as it happen mostly they lost and now he is crying that his team is not improving because they dont get to play IPL. Pathetic but Ironic What do you say haha

Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (February 20, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

Mushi should know that this kind of silly talks in front of media would make things worse. Have it occurred to Mushfiq that other team's players listen to their captains because they can totally believe in their captain apart from being professional? After his childish resignation drama, this press conference again proves Mushfiq's incompetence as a captain... Bangladesh team's discipline is obviously shattered at this moment. BCB also played in it forcing Tamim as the vice captain and all... Very bad omen for the future...

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

the bottom line is bangladesh is not a gud team.....they just have 2-3 qualiy playrs wen they perfom they loose by a small margin or some times they win ....and the main problem is they rate themselves very highly with out any performance.......there should be qualifier matches for the asia cup for teams like bangala etc.....because of them some matches will be boring...and 1 sided.....

Posted by Fogu on (February 20, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Ahh! legalbeagle is back. Always with his great love for BD cricket. Can't seem to stay away from BD posts. C. Silva - I agree with you on the impulsiveness not arrogance. The captains have to say positive things in every series. I don't think any fan or team mates would appreciate captains going on the podium with a negative approach at the beginning of any series. Shakib and Tamim need to step up and help Anamul, Shamsur, Moninul and Nasir but they seem to be coasting on past success. Mahmudullah needs a break. I have no problem having Nasir bat at 7 and Naeem bat at 6. We need batsmen. We have enough allrounders with Nasir, Mominul and Shakib.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

Dear Captain,if you are reading my comments,

you are the captain of our team and the most consistent. drop the player who plays for himself and do not even care about the situation of the whole team. team will come ahead of an individual.

Sometimes, you have to be cruel only to be kind and also please donot rely on the big names. May be other players who are willing to fight hard for the country are not in the team.

And also to the selectors, the players who used to play for Bangladesh Team even a few years ago, please donot vanish them. It is not good for moral strength or self confidence.

and to dear Coach, we know you are trying hard. Please donot encourage those who just wants to play shots, do not encourage those who just stay in the middle and wastes bowls, encourage them who are willing to learn to find the gaps and score 4/5 per over with singles without taking risks......

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

I would not say Bangaladesh players are slow learners. Some of them played with arrogance, impulsiveness and did not give their stroke play to get the better of their thought process.

One lesson. Please do not brag before you win. Win the game and then talk. Psychology does not always work on people.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

Mushfiq you are blaming a new comer like al amin. who is a tail ender. what Shakib , Nasir did. Okay as a world best alrounder, what Shakib did for BD regarding finishing a game for the long time. Today when he was going after each ball why you not just talk with him to calm down and play according to plan, it was a easy wicket and if you play sensible you could win today or at least near to opponent score. Nasir after scoring a four in a first ball why he went after another one. Even every people who understand cricket knows it is just a matter of time for Shakib to get out. He was going after everything

Posted by Legaleagle on (February 20, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Here are the two versions of the pathetic Bangladeshi captain:

At the start of the series, "We can beat any team at home."

At the end of the second match, "We are slow learners."

Poetic justice at its best!!

Posted by Fogu on (February 20, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Even though it is not correct to blame the team mates for not listening and pointing it out in media, may be it is needed for our team. We have seen time and agian, our senior players throw away their wicket at crucial time (Tamim and Shakib are foremost in this list). They get carried away with one or two big shots and think they can do it every time. There is an art to building an innings but we seem to want to win with 10 overs to spare. Every game we need to be able to build at least three long partnership and we are disappointed with rash shots. I had pointed out yesterday that our team lacks to critical ingredients composure and discipline and Vola! they show it again. Mushfique is right even though I am not a big fan of throwing team mates under the bus in public.

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

Mushfiq why you are thinking like that! it is new learning for Bangladesh. Even before this Series, BD was winning against West Indies and Nz but particular in this series they fight back well and come from behind to make the series competitive. Even today's match was not difficult for BD. BD successfully chased down over 280+ score. Now what BD is lacking the confidence. and some off cricket tension before the series surely hamper BD's confidence. Just calm down, practice hard, stuck with basics and follow the plan. Play as a unit like before. I think it is just a matter to win one match and gain the confidence back again. Hope you can do it. It is just a part of game.Loss is there like win as well.

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