India v Bangladesh, only Test, Hyderabad, 5th day February 13, 2017

Was trying to disturb Ashwin's length - Mushfiqur


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Need to work on how we can play for longer periods in these conditions - Mushfiqur

On the fifth morning in Hyderabad, Bangladesh had pinned their hopes of a draw on Mushfiqur Rahim but four balls into R Ashwin's first over of the morning, he was caught at mid-off attempting an expansive drive. As soon as the catch was taken, it was clear that Bangladesh's job had become considerably tougher during a period in the game that is usually the hardest to tackle in India.

Bangladesh had already lost Shakib Al Hasan to a brute of a delivery from Ravinder Jadeja and of the three remaining batsmen, Mushfiqur was the most reliable. Yet, he played that drive two balls after he had already got four off Ashwin through the cover region, which had been kept open to tempt that exact shot.

Mushfiqur was batting well until that attempt, which went against his usual approach of grinding down the bowlers rather than trying to blast them out of the attack. He said he was trying to disrupt the bowler's length by going after him in the first over, riding on the confidence of a reverse-sweep off Jadeja, but his execution against Ashwin went wrong.

"Although it was not a typical day-five wicket in Indian conditions, there was rough outside off-stump for both right and left-handed batsmen," Mushfiqur said. "So there was a bit of difficulty. Ashwin was bowling the same line and the ball was flying to the close-in region like leg-slip and slip. I needed to disturb the length and I missed the line. The shot was on but I just didn't execute. Couple of overs earlier, Jadeja bowling from over the wicket had bowled outside leg stump and I played a reverse-sweep and I connected really well.

"I don't think it was a bad shot. The execution went wrong. Had I connected it, they would have pushed the mid-off and mid-on back and I could have got easy runs. If all fielders are up, it is difficult to rotate [the strike]. Perhaps had I played 3-4 more overs, I could have got set against Ashwin. This is a learning curve for me and I would take this lesson along."

Mushfiqur said that the pitch wasn't like one normally seen in India, where the ball rears up and turns substantially. He also said that Shakib, Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman could not be blamed for getting out the way they did.

Sabbir and Mahmudullah both fell to Ishant Sharma, although neither delivery was as unplayable as the one that got Shakib.

"I think this was a different Indian wicket. Everyone tried to play basic cricket," he said. "Shakib didn't play a bad shot but still got out. [Mahmudullah] Riyad bhai had no fault in his dismissal. Sabbir [Rahman] missed the line of the ball.

"Rather than picking on the mistakes, we need to work on how we can play for longer periods in these conditions. I think I will try to apply my basics in the coming matches, and try to force a Test draw with my basics."

Bangladesh would however be happy with that their score of 250 is the second-highest score in the fourth innings by a visiting team in India since 2000. During this same period, they also became the third team to have batted for more than 100 overs in the fourth innings. This, too, in their maiden Test appearance in this country.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • sapjob7026530 on February 15, 2017, 2:49 GMT

    @NIAZBHI ON FEBRUARY 13, 2017, 18:50 GMT "No one can beat india at home when india wins the toss."

    You are wrong. Ask ENG and AUS, they will tell you that Toss wasn't a factor as they lost in spite of winning the Toss. India has lost Tests after winning the Toss too.

  • sapjob7026530 on February 15, 2017, 2:45 GMT

    @SNGOMES ON FEBRUARY 13, 2017, 17:47 GMT "Bangladesh have outdone the supposedly higher ranked Srilanka in these conditions. SL have had innings defeats in most of the tests they have played in India."

    Just because Kohli didn't impose the follow on doesn't mean that this defeat is any less than an innings defeat. BAN has lost the most tests by innings defeats. Even in the previous Test match against India that was washed out in Bangladesh, BAN was following on. Only rain came to the rescue. So no one can buy that BAN fared better than SL.

  • ziaul on February 15, 2017, 2:26 GMT

    @ Masud rana, 100% agree with u.

  • Masud Rana on February 14, 2017, 16:40 GMT

    BD Board should introduce some kind of punishment for playing untimely shot in a test match. Mushi thinking he can tame Ashwin by spanking him out of park is outright outrageous. Ashwin is smarter than that and he has proved it repeatedly, Mushi should have known that better. how on earth someone with Mushi's experience could emagine he would outsmart Aswin like that! as a BD fan, I am offended by the way Shakib and Mushi got out when team needed them to be patient and see the overs through for a draw. both should be banned from next test BD plays, or some other kind of punishment required, to make sure players don't play and get themselves out like that. its test cricket, and that's why Indian players did not play in that manner even after having over 600 on the board in first inning. If our boys did not.learn to play test (yet), its time to compel them to learn.

  • sheikh on February 14, 2017, 12:57 GMT

    India should have compelled Bangladesh to bat for at least 300 overs out of 450 overs. Then Bangladesh might have got the feeling whether they belong to test arena or not. On a belter of a pitch, this conceited Bangladesh players could not survive for 125 overs. Back in country, all supporters and media are thinking we almost pulled off a draw against the number one test team. Simply, preposterous idea indeed!

  • imangh9024083 on February 14, 2017, 12:48 GMT

    Just to put something else in perspective, India won it's 25th test match, and it took them 30 years to play 25 tests. Even if we factor in the amount of cricket being played these days and performance of Bangladesh in whatever test matches they have played, I would say Bangladesh had a fair run. Every team goes through this phase of not getting enough matches in the beginning, Kohli's team did, Younis Khan's team did, Sangakkara's team did go through a similar phase as well. Only thing is that they themselves didn't have to go through that phase, someone older did. It's not Virat Kohli's fault when or where he was born, and unlike Mushfiq didn't start playing test cricket 5 years after getting recognition.

  • Abhijith on February 14, 2017, 12:42 GMT

    It was a good effort from BD batsman in both innings. The bowling is a concern for they could not put pressure on NZ batsman despite having 595 on board against NZ and here too conceding 687

  • john on February 14, 2017, 12:31 GMT

    first try to draw some matches outside BD..and it would be better if BD plays most of its matches outside BD ..playing in front of partisan supporters and doctored pitches wouldn't do BD a favour..playing tests like ODI wouldn't benefit the team .Mushy had to let go off his false pride which hurt him more... cause he was desperate to beat big brother..which didn't work... and he was pathetic behind stumps cause of this

  • john on February 14, 2017, 12:14 GMT

    some of BD fans are complaining of lack of tests ..whose fault is that you don't have a strong first class cricket .trying to compare your cricketers with great batsman shows your ignorance...

  • sam on February 14, 2017, 10:30 GMT

    @Non.Striker I desperately want BD to become a competitive test side and let's face it since 2007 they have been steadily improving. However, it is very unfair to compare BD to India. India by 1936 (with such a very poor economy) had two world class test batsmen in Lala Amarnath and Vijay Merchant (not to forget Ranjitsinhji and Dulipsinhji before them) and two world class pace bowlers in Md. Nissar and Amar Singh. BD is yet to produce even one single world class batsman or world class pacer even after 17 years of test cricket. BD however has produced one world class all-rounder (Shakib) and is on the way of producing another world class all-rounder (Mehedi Hassan) in the near future. And not to forget an entire decade (1937-46) for Indian Test Team was lost due to World War II. Yes, India was a weak team those days (in the 1950s) but was stronger than NZ and equal to Pak and slightly weaker than SA. And India drew a lot of matches home and away apart from winning a few at home.

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