Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 5th day November 2, 2011

West Indies hardly got us out - Mushfiqur

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Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, has said his team had gifted away the Mirpur Test with some irresponsible batting on the final day. Bangladesh, he said, have to work on their temperament. West Indies completed a 229-run win to take the Test and series on Wednesday, after Bangladesh failed to bat out the fifth day on a relatively easy track.

"They [West Indies] hardly got us out, we gave away the wickets," Mushfiqur said. "[Shivnarine] Chanderpaul told us at the end of the game that 'At no stage did we think we got you out. Don't do this [bat recklessly] in the future.'"

Coming into the fifth day, Bangladesh needed 344 runs to win, and had Tamim Iqbal batting on 82. The plan, Mushfiqur said, was to not lose more than two wickets in a session. "Our gameplan was to bat session by session. A win would have been big but a draw wasn't that bad either. It would have been hard for them to bowl us out if we had lost a maximum of two wickets in a session."

However, Bangladesh lost Tamim in the third over of the day, and then Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur in quick succession before lunch. "After Tamim unfortunately got out, Shakib and I batted till about 25 minutes to lunch. There were 12 overs left before the new ball and I believed that if we had played till lunch and negotiated the next ten overs, they wouldn't be able to do anything to us."

Tamim edged to slip while trying to drive Devendra Bishoo - who was getting a fair amount of turn out of the rough, the only assistance the pitch was offering the bowlers - while Shakib's attempted paddle sweep off Darren Sammy produced a top edge that was snaffled by Chanderpaul. Shakib's misjudgement, Mushfiqur said, swung the game in favour of West Indies.

"It [Shakib's wicket] was the real turning point today," Mushfiqur said. "He didn't play a good shot, he knows it too. I haven't seen a shot like this in Test cricket. Batting is a game of one ball, one misjudgement and you're out. Shakib knows what he did today and I hope he won't do it again."

The team, Mushfiqur said, need to work on the art of building a Test innings. "We don't play long innings in Tests, we lack temperament. You need to play long innings if we want to win or draw a Test match. We need to work on this, make it a habit of playing long innings.

"There are times when we don't know what to do, whether to go slow or up the pace. Our thoughts have to be to make it a big knock after we are set. We lose concentration when a wicket falls at the other end. Batting is about selecting the right ball and I think we really have to work on these things."

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  • sarandeep45876 on November 5, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    What is it with Bangladesh and graciousness? By the way they talk it seems that they are the undisputed no 1 team in all formats and in running for the greatest team ever. In all these years they have gone nowhere.Teams like Ireland, Netherland, etc have started much later and have already miles ahead. Specially Ireland, if given chance to host 4-5 match one day series one after another, will seriously give the top teams a run for their money.

  • Technical-1 on November 4, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    LOL Bangladesh !Did Not Beat the West Indies.. They Beat Hillary and Otis Team! Not the West Indies.

    The Minnows Can't beat a dead Cow even if they Try! They do not have the will Power! They are still a young Team trying to play as a unit. They will come good some day if they keep pressing on. They got Potential.

  • Alexei on November 3, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    @DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW BD beat us in our own backyard with a team including more than half of it players not playing a test again..some playing test the first for some years. It was our C team. With only Kemar Roach and Darren Sammy from that team in this test squad. Now it is partly our "B" team thrashing u guys. Powell, Brathwaite and possibly Samuels would not be in the squad. Don't forget players like Sarwan, Taylor, Dw Bravo and Nash are o the sidelines.

    I believe BCB needs to try and book A team tours to England, SA and Austrailia who have varyng playing condition and send players like Nafees, Kayes, Raqibul, Ashraful, Rubel and shafiul on those tours.. Many ppl dont know that Darren Bravo and Kirk Edwards had a successful "A" tour of B'Desh which basically pushed hem into reckoning for the senior team

  • DarindaUK on November 3, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    @maddy20 : I totally agree with you. BD had the chance to draw this Test. There was no need to score at a high rate but to remain in the crease. Why a rush by the players like Tamim and others, I don't understand. I'm not a cricket player, nor do I know a lot about the shots, but do watch BD whenever possible. I believe this BD team can draw or even WIN a test, but need to concentrate and target to bat 120+ overs per innings. WI played 238 overs Declared and BD played 148 overs all out. Thist sums it up. If BD were able to play 100+ overs in the first inning instead of 68, this match would've been a draw. I hope our Young Tigers learnt something from this game and play for long inning against Pakistan, who are a stronger team than WI currently in my oppinion. Just learn to bat and avoid run outs, poking unneccessary at the ball and chase wide balls. Good Luck.

  • cricchic on November 3, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    @ MADDY...He he should have said that ..instead of trying to suggest that the bowlers was not doing a good job...

  • mrgupta on November 3, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    @Mahmood Hasan: BD a formidable ODI team? Are you talking abt the same team which has not won a single match against Aus, SA, Ind and Pak since 2007 World Cup, is this the same team which has lost ODI series to Zim (Lower ranked) and also to WI and that too at home? Is a team formidable if it has won only 3 out of 43 ODIs played against the top 6 teams in last 4 years?

  • maddy20 on November 3, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    People should not mis-understand here. He was not saying WI could have never bowled bowled em' out. He was just saying that it was a flat wicket and there was nothing in it for the bowlers and hence bangladesh would have saved the game if they had played sensibly. I do not see why some people were so offended by that!

  • maddy20 on November 3, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    @RandyOZ Your team ranks at no.5 and is marginally above Pakistans. Laugh at yourselves first. Rahim is right. The mindless slogs, needless run-outs and poking at the balls that could have been safely left alone. Too bad. It seems to me like they have not learned a thing from their past defeats and keep repeating them relentlessly.

  • SamRoy on November 3, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    @DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW BD beat WI'S 'C' team. Now even WI 'B' team is competitive with BD. WI XI (with Bravo brothers, Gayle, Barath, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Nash, Ramdin, Bishoo, Edwards and Rampaul) can thrash the daylights out of BD.

  • DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW on November 3, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    BD NEED TO LOOK BEYOND IMRUL KAYES. HE PLAYS ODIs LIKE TESTS AND TESTS L IKE ODIs.

  • sarandeep45876 on November 5, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    What is it with Bangladesh and graciousness? By the way they talk it seems that they are the undisputed no 1 team in all formats and in running for the greatest team ever. In all these years they have gone nowhere.Teams like Ireland, Netherland, etc have started much later and have already miles ahead. Specially Ireland, if given chance to host 4-5 match one day series one after another, will seriously give the top teams a run for their money.

  • Technical-1 on November 4, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    LOL Bangladesh !Did Not Beat the West Indies.. They Beat Hillary and Otis Team! Not the West Indies.

    The Minnows Can't beat a dead Cow even if they Try! They do not have the will Power! They are still a young Team trying to play as a unit. They will come good some day if they keep pressing on. They got Potential.

  • Alexei on November 3, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    @DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW BD beat us in our own backyard with a team including more than half of it players not playing a test again..some playing test the first for some years. It was our C team. With only Kemar Roach and Darren Sammy from that team in this test squad. Now it is partly our "B" team thrashing u guys. Powell, Brathwaite and possibly Samuels would not be in the squad. Don't forget players like Sarwan, Taylor, Dw Bravo and Nash are o the sidelines.

    I believe BCB needs to try and book A team tours to England, SA and Austrailia who have varyng playing condition and send players like Nafees, Kayes, Raqibul, Ashraful, Rubel and shafiul on those tours.. Many ppl dont know that Darren Bravo and Kirk Edwards had a successful "A" tour of B'Desh which basically pushed hem into reckoning for the senior team

  • DarindaUK on November 3, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    @maddy20 : I totally agree with you. BD had the chance to draw this Test. There was no need to score at a high rate but to remain in the crease. Why a rush by the players like Tamim and others, I don't understand. I'm not a cricket player, nor do I know a lot about the shots, but do watch BD whenever possible. I believe this BD team can draw or even WIN a test, but need to concentrate and target to bat 120+ overs per innings. WI played 238 overs Declared and BD played 148 overs all out. Thist sums it up. If BD were able to play 100+ overs in the first inning instead of 68, this match would've been a draw. I hope our Young Tigers learnt something from this game and play for long inning against Pakistan, who are a stronger team than WI currently in my oppinion. Just learn to bat and avoid run outs, poking unneccessary at the ball and chase wide balls. Good Luck.

  • cricchic on November 3, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    @ MADDY...He he should have said that ..instead of trying to suggest that the bowlers was not doing a good job...

  • mrgupta on November 3, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    @Mahmood Hasan: BD a formidable ODI team? Are you talking abt the same team which has not won a single match against Aus, SA, Ind and Pak since 2007 World Cup, is this the same team which has lost ODI series to Zim (Lower ranked) and also to WI and that too at home? Is a team formidable if it has won only 3 out of 43 ODIs played against the top 6 teams in last 4 years?

  • maddy20 on November 3, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    People should not mis-understand here. He was not saying WI could have never bowled bowled em' out. He was just saying that it was a flat wicket and there was nothing in it for the bowlers and hence bangladesh would have saved the game if they had played sensibly. I do not see why some people were so offended by that!

  • maddy20 on November 3, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    @RandyOZ Your team ranks at no.5 and is marginally above Pakistans. Laugh at yourselves first. Rahim is right. The mindless slogs, needless run-outs and poking at the balls that could have been safely left alone. Too bad. It seems to me like they have not learned a thing from their past defeats and keep repeating them relentlessly.

  • SamRoy on November 3, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    @DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW BD beat WI'S 'C' team. Now even WI 'B' team is competitive with BD. WI XI (with Bravo brothers, Gayle, Barath, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Nash, Ramdin, Bishoo, Edwards and Rampaul) can thrash the daylights out of BD.

  • DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW on November 3, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    BD NEED TO LOOK BEYOND IMRUL KAYES. HE PLAYS ODIs LIKE TESTS AND TESTS L IKE ODIs.

  • DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW on November 3, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    BD BEAT WI IN THEIR BACKYARD IN TEST AS WELL AS ODIs. NOW WI TURNED THE TABLE. THATS ALL.

  • on November 3, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Bangladesh will continue to suffer from these problems until the players in that Test squad get consistent exposure to the longer forms of the game at domestic level. The leagues in Bangladesh are not up to scratch.

    Ideally the top talent in the Bangladesh Test team will find a way to play either county cricket in the UK or provincial/state cricket in South Africa or Australia. If I was the team manager or one of those players' agents I'd be shopping around for potential contracts, particularly the following players: Naeem Islam, Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, and Shahadat Hossain. (Tamim is signed with Nottinghamshire but I believe he would benefit greatly from playing in the southern hemisphere for a season or two as well.)

    There is talent in Bangladesh. There just aren't structures. Learning how to do things against quality opposition at a lower level is the only way to cure what ails Bangladesh in the long run.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 3, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    So, yet another loss for BD. ICC must think about a 4 day test for associates and BD must play with them. They cannot play 5 day test match.

  • on November 3, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Well done West Indies, well done Sammy , well done management, I love the team at this time, this team depends on each other to play good cricket. I like the oneness of this team, no arrogance whatsoever, no player to imtimidate on one and believe he is to big. These are a group of youngster who are committed to west indies cause keep it that way gentle men, we are proud of you. Let's go to India and beat them too.

  • on November 3, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    i think that Mush forgot that he dropped Bravo off the bowling of Shakib.The old saying, when you point a finger at others, you have three pointing back at you

  • RandyOZ on November 3, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    LOL is bangladesh part of india? Because the fans sound the exact same with their excuses! No wonder the team is going nowhere.

  • smukhles on November 3, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    Well, at least they went to Shivnarayan Chanderpaul for his advice after the game and asked him what to do, how to bat in this situation and seeked his advice individually, that is one positive thing I guess!

  • johnathonjosephs on November 3, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    Wow..... very arrogant words from the Bangladesh captain.... I thought it was bad when Tamim Iqbal was arrogant in the series against Zimbabwe too.... Seems like arrogance pays a price... What happened to the Bangladesh of old who were humble when they lost and thankful when they won? I'll tell you one thing... This Bangladesh side will not win anything with this attitude... At least Sammy is grateful when he wins and humble when he loses.... Same thing happened with India during the England Series and with Sri Lanka during the Pakistan and Australia series....

  • Angad11 on November 3, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    This kid needs to learn to talk first. Bashing the ex-captain and the best player BD ever produced in front of everybody is not good.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on November 2, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    So, ICC. When are you going to revoke Bdesh's test credentials? Come on. You spent enough time in the lab and the results are no good.

  • on November 2, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    "There are times when we don't know what to do, whether to go slow or up the pace." Lack of experience do that to you, it's as simple as that. Over time, given adequate exposure, they'll come around and get good at it I know for sure. BD has become quite a formidable team on the the one day version of the game and a glimpse of that was shown during the last series with Newzealand with a clean sweep at our disposal. Playing test matches is a completely different set of mindset which is quite foreign to our players but wont be, for too long and I don't blame the players for the way they have played in this series. It is what they know best. You become what you are given the things that you are exposed to. There is no shortage of talent all right but, "Exposure" is the key.

  • on November 2, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Very unprofessional statement especially from a captain who was bowled through the gate. He should thank his lucky stars that Sammy played instead of Rampaul, they would not have lasted as long in either innings.

  • on November 2, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    well well if they win it is because really and when they lose i told you they have no use .this is really what i want to say please give the team a chance great protential consistance is what is missing. do only one change addition i will make consider russell need to be their if roaches lack of action continue.that captain to deserve better from us dam if you do.you know if bangladesh had won all of us may say sammy has to go we won he stll has to .isay keep keeping on guys all best in indian just remeber one game at a time

  • ZsZs on November 2, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    Even though Shakib's shot was reckless, I can see some understanding of his mentality. 2 catches of his bowling went down in the 2nd innings. And the batsman went on to post a commanding score. That affected Shakib. Mushfique himself dropped catches behind. Everyone should play to there strengths. BD should get a different wicket keeper and let Mushfique do what he does best - play technical batsmanship. And Shakib can do what he does best - bowl and bat - and let the field support him. Why don't they remind each other of the goal for a particular over? Talk to one another on the field and show solidarity on and off.

  • on November 2, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    @ Rahul,

    BD made 400 in their 1st Test innings. How many times have they been able to make it after that ? So, current team is not same as before .. worse actually!

  • on November 2, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    "They hardly got us out, we gave away our wickets." How insulting captain be. He is implying that his batsmen are so good, that WI bowlers cannot get them out. how arrogant he can be.Those are the same bowlers we used against Pakistan and India both which have better batsmen than BD. So he needs to retract his statement, and take his defeat like a man. It's nice to see the young heads doing what we know they are capable of doing; nice to see Sammy do what those so called big name could not do.Well done Sammy and the boys. Go to India and show your critics that you have what it takes to get the team to higher heights. Go WI.

  • EnayetT on November 2, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Makes perfect sense, Mushfique!! Our heart goes out to you!! You played very sensibly. Shakib batted like playing a 20/20 match showing utter irresponsibility. Country and the team expects much more from players like Shakib. Most BD batsmen showed great weakness in their batting technique. They must improve their batting technique and big match temperament if want to play competitive professional cricket.

  • cricketdebator on November 2, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Had Bangladesh manage to win the test, the Captain would not have said that West Indies batsmen threw away their wickets. Instead, he would have joyously praised his bowler. How is it he did not say WI under - estimated them in the last ODI, and were dismissed for 61 runs? I don't know why Chanderpaul told him what he claimed, but that must be some sympathetic gesture aimed at easing their pain of losing yet again to WI. It is well known that Bangladesh's biggest ambition is to beat WI. I wish them all the best with their ambition, but they need to understand that there is no comparision between the teams. WI has always been, is, and will continue to be better than Bangladesh. Enough said. Now, we look forward to India.

  • salman_0902 on November 2, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    too late for regrets and expected result

  • on November 2, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    A like this little guy. He speaks his mind (even though may not be accurate). "I haven't seen a shot like this in Test cricket". This was accurate enough for my test. How could senior palyer (and the former captain at that) could attemp such shot when getting runs were not the objective!

  • Mullick on November 2, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Who in the team did not know this? It is frustrating to see the same mistakes again and again and hear the same remarks at the end of the games. The team knew how prestigious it would have been to save the match with a draw. Yet the players went on to reduce the gap brought it down to just 229.

  • Sachit1979 on November 2, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Good analysis by Mushfiq. I wish this little man turns out as wonder boy for Bangladesh.

  • MijanurRahman on November 2, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Nice judgment! Go on working.

  • chicoguapo on November 2, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    I said it earlier and ESPNs CRICINFO writers are confirming it and Chanderpaul confirmed it again....Bangladeshi┬┤s batsmen are great twenty20 players but not even for one day cricket are they suited..they bat as if every ball needs to go to the boundary...Talented they are..but intelligent cricketers they have shown themselves not to be....West Indies have had their problems in recent times...but Bangladesh really do not have what it takes to compete with them and their performance in this series showed it...And with all that spin they have, if Chris Gayle was in the line up for the twenty20 match, i doubt they would have won....GREAT SERIES WINDIES!!

  • on November 2, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    This BD team has no right to be a test team.It has no temparament.Only go and hit n slog.After 11 years of test experience they still wont change.The same as they were at first.On other hand zimbos after coming to tests after a long time 6 years are trying to improve.OMG see those guys have how much temparament.BD players will know it by their co minnows growing and they still remain same.

  • mits6 on November 2, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    A world class pace bowler is also needed to win matches , same applies for India & Srilanka now

  • on November 2, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Well said Mushfiqur. Bangladesh need to recall two of their players who actually can bat for long periods, Junaid Siddique and Mahmadullah, in place of Imrul Kayes and Raqibul Hasan before the Pakistan series.

  • on November 2, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    As a neutral observer this seems bad to me, although some may call this positive criticism when Musfiquir was explaining Shakaibs shot. Point to be noted over here is that Shakaib is a senior player, not to mention a former captain. Such comments by a new captain affects the ego of senior players and going by past experiences it could indirectly lead to the birth of infighting. He shouldn't have scrutinised individual players like this, the best thing to do here was rate the team in general like he could have said" Our team was disappointed by the way we played, most of the batsmen were wrong in their shot selection, everyone will learn from this and limit such instances in future"

  • Stos on November 2, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    To be fair, if you have a bowler bowling at 1.46 per over to Bangladesh, with their temperament, I think that you can be given some credit for their almost inevitable self-destruction.

  • MENDIS_Forever on November 2, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    @Amit Rathi : agree with u mate.He is the future of Bangladeshi cricket.wish u good luck Mushy. -from a SL fan.

  • on November 2, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    You are right Mushfiqur Rahim!! need to respect TEST cricket.

    one day all the boys will make you proud.

  • on November 2, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    The problem as most would see it, they over-estimate themselves in the test arena. Having a winning attitude is good, but learn to do the basic things for a test win right before you win some matches. It's like trying to run before they can even walk properly.

  • on November 2, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    This small man has got big intelligence.!!! talks sense.

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  • on November 2, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    This small man has got big intelligence.!!! talks sense.

  • on November 2, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    The problem as most would see it, they over-estimate themselves in the test arena. Having a winning attitude is good, but learn to do the basic things for a test win right before you win some matches. It's like trying to run before they can even walk properly.

  • on November 2, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    You are right Mushfiqur Rahim!! need to respect TEST cricket.

    one day all the boys will make you proud.

  • MENDIS_Forever on November 2, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    @Amit Rathi : agree with u mate.He is the future of Bangladeshi cricket.wish u good luck Mushy. -from a SL fan.

  • Stos on November 2, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    To be fair, if you have a bowler bowling at 1.46 per over to Bangladesh, with their temperament, I think that you can be given some credit for their almost inevitable self-destruction.

  • on November 2, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    As a neutral observer this seems bad to me, although some may call this positive criticism when Musfiquir was explaining Shakaibs shot. Point to be noted over here is that Shakaib is a senior player, not to mention a former captain. Such comments by a new captain affects the ego of senior players and going by past experiences it could indirectly lead to the birth of infighting. He shouldn't have scrutinised individual players like this, the best thing to do here was rate the team in general like he could have said" Our team was disappointed by the way we played, most of the batsmen were wrong in their shot selection, everyone will learn from this and limit such instances in future"

  • on November 2, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Well said Mushfiqur. Bangladesh need to recall two of their players who actually can bat for long periods, Junaid Siddique and Mahmadullah, in place of Imrul Kayes and Raqibul Hasan before the Pakistan series.

  • mits6 on November 2, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    A world class pace bowler is also needed to win matches , same applies for India & Srilanka now

  • on November 2, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    This BD team has no right to be a test team.It has no temparament.Only go and hit n slog.After 11 years of test experience they still wont change.The same as they were at first.On other hand zimbos after coming to tests after a long time 6 years are trying to improve.OMG see those guys have how much temparament.BD players will know it by their co minnows growing and they still remain same.

  • chicoguapo on November 2, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    I said it earlier and ESPNs CRICINFO writers are confirming it and Chanderpaul confirmed it again....Bangladeshi┬┤s batsmen are great twenty20 players but not even for one day cricket are they suited..they bat as if every ball needs to go to the boundary...Talented they are..but intelligent cricketers they have shown themselves not to be....West Indies have had their problems in recent times...but Bangladesh really do not have what it takes to compete with them and their performance in this series showed it...And with all that spin they have, if Chris Gayle was in the line up for the twenty20 match, i doubt they would have won....GREAT SERIES WINDIES!!