Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2013 April 30, 2013

Bangladesh impress with their resilience

The team's now starting to find ways to recover from setbacks, and credit should go to the middle-order and Robiul Islam's consistency
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A mere look at the difference in numbers between the two Tests suggests a large break between the two matches. It was as if Bangladesh had played the first Test in 2002 and the second in 2013. Of course, it was a four-day break during which time they mostly looked around Harare for a morning spot in the nets.

But the nature of the contest was such that Bangladesh's recovery from a 335-run defeat to a 143-run win didn't seem implausible. They were the better team on paper with more experienced players, and came into the Tests with a more impressive showing in the previous tour.

Bangladesh, for once, found resilience at their beck and call. Robiul Islam ran in, all day, with the new ball and old, before and after a break. It wasn't just the odd spell but every time Robiul delivered, it started off straight, pitched and curved out. Consistently. It went on for 110 overs over nine days.

There have been instances of these newfound characteristics becoming infectious in the Bangladesh dressing-room. No sooner had Sohag Gazi told the team manager that he was not afraid of facing West Indian fast bowlers under lights, it became clear that the rest of the team would man up. It was the same with Shakib Al Hasan's unshakable confidence some years ago. It spreads, and this resilient bit would certainly be helpful to the cricketers' psyche.

Another set of numbers that fascinates is the twin half-centuries by Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim and Nasir Hossain in the second Test. And those invariably came in the same sequence, to the same effect.

The engine room has found its core. All it needs are the pivots on the top and bottom to work properly. Shakib was forceful, almost intimidating to the Zimbabwean bowlers. There were moments in which he looked as if choosing between two or three shots to certain deliveries. It was quite evident in his manner of dismissals that he was bored by Elton Chigumbura and Hamilton Masakadza's pace, but Mushfiqur's earnestness to the cause kept the other end watertight.

The Bangladesh captain was the only batsman in four innings to have made the bowler earn his wicket, or fallen to a fantastic catch. Each of those happened twice, but by the time he was out in both innings of the second Test, the job was done. He had to plant a certain sense of belief among the batsmen that runs are available as long as there is a good supply of patience.

Nasir takes on from his captain. He comes in at No.7, a graveyard for middle-order batsmen in some teams but he makes it look like fun. Nasir doesn't hold back from his shots and doesn't defend astutely.

Among many of the Bangladesh players, there is a lack of Plan B, a failsafe if their natural game doesn't suit the conditions

The attitude has to spread, just like Robiul's resilience and Mushfiqur's assuredness. They are not really free spirits in the dressing-room but have devised ways to bounce back from setbacks. They do it their way, but some of the others haven't quite found their methods. Among many of the Bangladesh players, there is a lack of Plan B, a failsafe if their natural game doesn't suit the conditions. Shahriar Nafees left a massive gap between bat and pad in the second innings of the first Test, by merely taking too much of a liking to Kyle Jarvis' width. Eventually, a full ball knocked back his stumps.

Jahurul Islam too has resorted to one kind of batting in respective formats. In Test cricket, he seems to have employed his full repertoire of his defensive game has to be employed. So when he has to get out of a jam, like he was in both Tests, he couldn't move quickly enough. He was unlucky once but his swish in the first innings of the second Test is the sort of shot that the selectors won't forget.

Despite coming into the series in good form, Mohammad Ashraful showed no inclination to adjust according to the bowlers, conditions or situations. If an all-out attack doesn't suffice, it is straight back to dead defense.

The bowling too has suffered as a result of this fixation towards to one method. Rubel Hossain needs to be given a few bowling plans he understands fully and can integrate into his thinking. Enamul Haque jnr was another who relied heavily on just bowling one type of delivery.

Mushfiqur too has been too reliant on whoever does well with the ball. He probably doesn't believe in short spells, so even the pace bowlers ended up bowling long spells. It becomes easier for a batsman to predict what would come next from a certain angle. His field placings too have been on the defensive side, especially when the batsmen had flirted with danger.

However, Mushfiqur has shown a lot of courage over the last few months, and not just on the field. The decision to drop vice-captain Mahmudullah was the "toughest" in his captaincy. It sounds easy especially when a man is out of sorts, but you don't want to drop your deputy ahead of a crucial game. That was a signature move for Mushfiqur from these two Tests: the guts to take the tough decisions and stand by them.

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

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  • Samudro2106 on April 30, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Our batting has always had the talent and ability to be successful but only their temperament was lacking which looks to be resolved with our settled middle order.The spinners took some wickets but I wasn't too impressed as they lacked consistency against a 'not so good against spin' team. It's the same thing for spinners as we criticize our seamers for being inconsistent in slow pitches too.I don't agree with the thought that our pace bowling is looking good.I think, except from Robiul we don't have any seamers that can trouble top teams' batsmen.Sajidul looked really toothless and Ziaur bowled well but I don't think he stand any chance against top teams and in flat asian conditions. Rubel & Abul need to develop the skill of swinging and seaming the ball (with both new & old ball) l to complement their good speed.And most importantly,it's a must to prepare conducive wickets for young pacers in grassroot & domestic level and to employ good seam bowling coaches for the youngsters.

  • on May 4, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    BD is not a team of only Shakib & Tamim anymore! Every one is a match winner, everyone is contributing for BD now! Nasir, Robiul, Mushfiq, Ziaur, Ashraful, Gazi, Razzak, Shafiul are doing in great guns! And still there are many great names likes Mashrafee, Anamul, Najmul are missing for injuries and other reasons and some young talented cricketers are also waiting in the pipeline! So, i see a great future for BD cricket!

  • Albert_cambell on May 2, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    @ Mustafiz Rahman. Atleast Aus wins test matches at home. Can BD even draw a test match at home.

  • on May 1, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Mamudullah is a one of the best Player Bangladesh side, Lot of cricketers pass the bad time and they are recover, i hope Mamudullah also good come back again. he is uor good Finisher . All the best ,

  • S.Jagernath on May 1, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    @asiacricket...Of course The West Indians assualted Bangladesh,& in Bangladesh too.Did you notice the serious jump in Marlon Samuels test average thanks to that tour?I don't have a problem with Zimbabwe & Bangladesh playing test cricket if they are compelled to play against all test teams,not just West Indies & New Zealand.I can't say I enjoy watching any of these players,but I obviously hope they will reach respectable standards & have players that are respectable on all sorts of pitches all around the world against every team.I wouldn't really call the ICC the guardian of cricket when the MCC is actualy the guardian of cricket & its rules.

  • on May 1, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Well said asiacricket1234. And @ Jagernath, test cricket is played between 7 top teams, WI will be out. Do you realize that? Did you see how Australia performed recently in its test series against India? Where do you place Australia then? I dont understand this mentality when it comes to BD or Zim. Grow up please.

  • on May 1, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    #Ban tour of #Zim,Fixtures no 3 day practice match.surprised!!! whoever Number one test playing country touring any country need adopt with the condition. Could be 2-0 Bangladesh victory.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on May 1, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    S.Jagernath: Cricket isn't popular in many parts of the Globe because of so called ELITENESS of its elite format. U probably wanna see teams with dominating Boards to rule Test. Then it'll b a format of SA, Eng, Aus and at best Ind or Pak. Finally Test cricket will die, as it won't have any chance of extension due to Elite-ness.

  • asiacricket1234 on May 1, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    @S.Jagernath : WI have assaulted us? Really? |That must have happened in your dream. We almost won the first test. That was our first test in 11 month. When WI play against any other team they get hammered just like the bottom two teams too. There have always been teams that are lower ranked and struggled against higher ranked team and the only way ICC can help is by giving them matches so they can work their way to the top or present themselves as a decent team. Test cricket is not going to be benefited if it is only played by 4-5 teams.

  • Sadequl on May 1, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    @ S.Jagernath it seems U R frustrated some way to see 2 bottom ranking teams to play in here but if U do not allow others to compete in test arena & want to isolate it with your so called "eliteness of Test cricket" then be sure days will come when it will be meaningless. ICC knows a lot better as an organization about cricket's globalization.

    SL team is a perfect example for it, which became world's dominating cricketing power atm. Yes BD & Zim might having their tough timing now but that doesn't mean they will not be able to compete with top test ranking teams sooner, rather wait for certain period of time when U will see how they also became world beater too. If U check U will find that reality, where most top cricketing teams also had troubles initially. To find them selves to be in such position that also sometimes varied in certain times too. So it would be wise thing to let ICC decide how they want to deal test cricket as guardian, rather then making such meaningless comments.

  • Samudro2106 on April 30, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Our batting has always had the talent and ability to be successful but only their temperament was lacking which looks to be resolved with our settled middle order.The spinners took some wickets but I wasn't too impressed as they lacked consistency against a 'not so good against spin' team. It's the same thing for spinners as we criticize our seamers for being inconsistent in slow pitches too.I don't agree with the thought that our pace bowling is looking good.I think, except from Robiul we don't have any seamers that can trouble top teams' batsmen.Sajidul looked really toothless and Ziaur bowled well but I don't think he stand any chance against top teams and in flat asian conditions. Rubel & Abul need to develop the skill of swinging and seaming the ball (with both new & old ball) l to complement their good speed.And most importantly,it's a must to prepare conducive wickets for young pacers in grassroot & domestic level and to employ good seam bowling coaches for the youngsters.

  • on May 4, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    BD is not a team of only Shakib & Tamim anymore! Every one is a match winner, everyone is contributing for BD now! Nasir, Robiul, Mushfiq, Ziaur, Ashraful, Gazi, Razzak, Shafiul are doing in great guns! And still there are many great names likes Mashrafee, Anamul, Najmul are missing for injuries and other reasons and some young talented cricketers are also waiting in the pipeline! So, i see a great future for BD cricket!

  • Albert_cambell on May 2, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    @ Mustafiz Rahman. Atleast Aus wins test matches at home. Can BD even draw a test match at home.

  • on May 1, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Mamudullah is a one of the best Player Bangladesh side, Lot of cricketers pass the bad time and they are recover, i hope Mamudullah also good come back again. he is uor good Finisher . All the best ,

  • S.Jagernath on May 1, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    @asiacricket...Of course The West Indians assualted Bangladesh,& in Bangladesh too.Did you notice the serious jump in Marlon Samuels test average thanks to that tour?I don't have a problem with Zimbabwe & Bangladesh playing test cricket if they are compelled to play against all test teams,not just West Indies & New Zealand.I can't say I enjoy watching any of these players,but I obviously hope they will reach respectable standards & have players that are respectable on all sorts of pitches all around the world against every team.I wouldn't really call the ICC the guardian of cricket when the MCC is actualy the guardian of cricket & its rules.

  • on May 1, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Well said asiacricket1234. And @ Jagernath, test cricket is played between 7 top teams, WI will be out. Do you realize that? Did you see how Australia performed recently in its test series against India? Where do you place Australia then? I dont understand this mentality when it comes to BD or Zim. Grow up please.

  • on May 1, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    #Ban tour of #Zim,Fixtures no 3 day practice match.surprised!!! whoever Number one test playing country touring any country need adopt with the condition. Could be 2-0 Bangladesh victory.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on May 1, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    S.Jagernath: Cricket isn't popular in many parts of the Globe because of so called ELITENESS of its elite format. U probably wanna see teams with dominating Boards to rule Test. Then it'll b a format of SA, Eng, Aus and at best Ind or Pak. Finally Test cricket will die, as it won't have any chance of extension due to Elite-ness.

  • asiacricket1234 on May 1, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    @S.Jagernath : WI have assaulted us? Really? |That must have happened in your dream. We almost won the first test. That was our first test in 11 month. When WI play against any other team they get hammered just like the bottom two teams too. There have always been teams that are lower ranked and struggled against higher ranked team and the only way ICC can help is by giving them matches so they can work their way to the top or present themselves as a decent team. Test cricket is not going to be benefited if it is only played by 4-5 teams.

  • Sadequl on May 1, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    @ S.Jagernath it seems U R frustrated some way to see 2 bottom ranking teams to play in here but if U do not allow others to compete in test arena & want to isolate it with your so called "eliteness of Test cricket" then be sure days will come when it will be meaningless. ICC knows a lot better as an organization about cricket's globalization.

    SL team is a perfect example for it, which became world's dominating cricketing power atm. Yes BD & Zim might having their tough timing now but that doesn't mean they will not be able to compete with top test ranking teams sooner, rather wait for certain period of time when U will see how they also became world beater too. If U check U will find that reality, where most top cricketing teams also had troubles initially. To find them selves to be in such position that also sometimes varied in certain times too. So it would be wise thing to let ICC decide how they want to deal test cricket as guardian, rather then making such meaningless comments.

  • on May 1, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Everyone is talking about Robiul and bit about Zia. To be honest getting 15 wickets against Zim doesn not prove he will be the main spearhead of BD team and will perform against Top teams like Australia, South Africa or England. We still could not produce Mashrafee quality Fast bowler who can shake the top order of any teams. We need two Mashrafee quality bowlers and Robiuk would be the third seamers. Enamul Jnr, took 18 wickets against Zim, but after that couldn't see him performing against top teams. So selectors and BCB bring back the pacer hunt program again and if you do that probably within 2-3 years we will get some decent fast bowlers who can take wickets and keep the opposition's run rate down.

  • S.Jagernath on May 1, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Everybody talks about how test cricket struggles to compete with the other formats of the game,test match contests like this ensure those struggles.I love test cricket,but test cricket of the highest quality.These 2 matches did not even attract my attention but did irritate me,the ICC need to protect the eliteness of Test cricket,they are failing!Just look at how the West Indians have been assaulting these 2 teams.If Tasmania,Mumbai or The Cape Cobras had to take these teams on,it would be even worse.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on May 1, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    I totally agree with Warm_Coffee . For the first time Bd pace balling depertment looking decent due to new pacers. Robiul and Zia are impressive and promising. My request to BCB please NOMORE shahadat , rubel , shafiul at any format (unless all other pacers get struck by lightning) . Lets work on new pacers from now on. Also , dont waste young promising pacers like Tashkin ahmed , keep em in training under the coach so that in 3/4 years they get ready to serve Bd team .

  • DontKillCricket on May 1, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    bangadesh played well..Robiul is the biggest gain from the test series. We have to handle him very carefully by not leting him get injured and loose pace in couple of years like other pacers. Shakib is awsome and the greatest plyer bangladesh ever produced...i think he will definielty work on the temparment little more in tests and get back the old spark in his bowling. He is the best...he should have the mentality to get even better, may be adding some more varieties in his bowling. I know, he will do that..he is the best. I personally like mahmudullah a lot...but resting him for a test was a good decision. I am very sure that he will come back strongly in the ODI and come back in the test team in place of Ashraful. Mominul can stay in the test team if he learns to show better tempartment.. Robiul, nasir, Mushy was great and can't expect more than that from them. My ODI team: Tamim, Ashraful(for now), Mahmudullah(Must play at 3), Shakib, Mushy, Nasir,Zia, Gazi, Razzak,shafiul,Robiul.

  • cyborg89 on April 30, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Ashraful should play simply because he is a match winner and experienced.He showed good form in sri lanka but was unlucky couple of times.That happened in zimbabwe as well.Jahurul should be considered as he showed good temperament many times.Good article by isam.

  • on April 30, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Mahmudullah is a classy batsman but surly he is out from right now. Musfiq did a good job giving him rest.when finish this tour he will get 3-4 month rest before another tour hopefully he will utilise that time . Work with his weakness and come back strongly .bd has some settled talented middle order batsman( shakib, musfiq, nasir) now they have to think of thier top order batsman apart from Tamim Iqbal they are definately talented (Jahirul , anamul , ashraful, shariar nafis) but not consistent specially against good pace ball ( good length short ball, in swing & out swing). They really need to work out this and utilise coming off season. I really appriciate Robiul Islam for his energy, strength, consistent and dedication to team. It look likes we found our most desire pace attack. He got his reward what he really deserves. Now I wouldn't criticise mushfiqur about using bowler. He is still quiet young and we need to consider also how many test we play each year .

  • Fogu on April 30, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    We have a core group of five good batsmen. Tamim and Shakib needs to show better temperament for Test cricket though. They throw away their wicket too many times. Each could have had 3-4 more centuries if they played smarter. We depend on them more than any other team depends on their key players. We need to give Anamul an extended stay as the 2nd opener. That leaves us wanting a 1down batsmen. May be Shariar can fit the bill but I am not sure. We should let him play that role for a long period as well. Ash, unfortunately, is not dependable. He needs to be out until he shows consistent performance in the domestic league for a long period. Emergence of Robiul is a good sign as well. We do need to prepare fast pitches at home for domestic games to help prepare our players for overseas conditions.

  • on April 30, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Brendon Taylor is the perfect example for BD Batsmen not throwing wicket in the pressure situation. In the first I agree our bowlers did not understand the condition and same goes to batsmen but there is no harm to stand in the crease and take your time to settle down ! Thats what Brendon did and got runs.

  • maddy20 on April 30, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Drawn series against Zim is resilience? Bangladeshi players have shown some improvement but they are mostly hot n' cold(barring Shakib, Rahim and Zia). They should look to build upon their experience and not to play rash shots when they are not needed.

  • on April 30, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    " The decision to drop vice-captain Mahmudullah was the "toughest" in his captaincy. It sounds easy especially when a man is out of sorts, but you don't want to drop your deputy ahead of a crucial game. That was a signature move for Mushfiqur from these two Tests: the guts to take the tough decisions and stand by them".Yep... The captain is certainly thinking best for team (or the country, for that matter) over anything else and acting upon decisions that may not be true to his liking but still stand by them. Acting like a true leader. Great job Mushy.

  • Test_Cricket_is_the_Best_Cricket on April 30, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Why do Bangladesh persist with Ashraful? He's the most overrated player in cricket, and surely there's other younger batsmen in BD that deserve a look. I don't care if he's the Don Bradman of domestic cricket. That he's still in the team is a clear sign that their Test cricket hasn't progressed all that much. They beat Zimbabwe of all teams.

    That being said, go Bangladesh!

  • Warm_Coffee on April 30, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Our fast bowlers have been impressive. Sajidul, Zia and Robiul have been consistent with their line and length swing in and away from the batsman something both Rubel and Shahadat hardly do and I really hope this is the end for them because they just make things complicated for Bangladesh team.

  • on April 30, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    That was a real tiger match. Nasir, Shakib, Musfiq was beacon among all. Tigers dominated all the days along in 2nd test. And they finished it at their own style.

  • on April 30, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    One test win against listless ZIM and all the praise! We did not forget what happened during the first test. There is no excuse for playing recklessly in the first test. Bangladesh should apply a self imposed ban from playing test cricket and focus on domestic longer version cricket on bouncy pitches. Give the Bangladeshi fans a break.

  • imsaiarasan23 on April 30, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Nothing helps like experience.. Bangladesh needs a proper test schedule and a better domestic set up..

    BCB should be willing to organise teams with the second string of other countries like BP XI of India or England Lions to help players gain experience.. Nothing helps like winning..

  • KingOwl on April 30, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    After watching BD play the test series in SL, I was quite impressed by their improvement. If you look at the age of the team members, they are mostly in their mid 20's or even early 20's. It will take another few years for most of them to reach their peak as test players. When that happens, I think BD will be as good as any South Asian team. They will still have the same SA problems in the area of fast bowling (except Pakistan). But in other ways, they will be a very solid test team, I think. So, as a SL fan, I must say that I was quite impressed by their performance. I wonder whether they will get the temperamental nature of the Pakistanis, however.

  • Sadequl on April 30, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    The way few of our top order thrown & gifted their wickets away in both tests was quite unnecessary & unforgettable. Just wondering if Mushi & Shakib would have failed in last two occasions then what would have been their excuses for that!

    Mushi & Nasir showed class of maturity & the way Mushi took the whole responsibility on his shoulder in both innings of the 2nd test match was really appreciable but how long our top order wants him to carry on their burden !

    The way Shakib thrown his wicket away before completing the century in two innings was too odd to watch. In one fetter's found Shakib said he plays it like that way always, even though if it is 96 or 98 but Shakib would U think your countrymen will forgave U for your such kind of silly excuses, when U R representing your self as a soldier for them in the field! Taylor could be a perfect example for our batsmen.

    Robiul a tremendous performer, so we need another lethal pace weapon to support him & to give him some relief.

  • Energetic. on April 30, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Its ridiculous it wasn't a 3 match test series. Jahurul had his chance and is actually a walking wicket. I agree when Anamul returns, Ash should bat at 2 and Anamul in his favourite position 3 follwed by Mominul, Shakib, Rahim, Nasir...

  • on April 30, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    The approach of Mushfiq and Tamim was good. Musfiq showed the best approach while batting that's why he is our best Test batsman. Tamim can be devastating if he stays longer period at wicket with his classy drives he scores fast and ease the pressure from whole team. Shakib needs to show a little bit patience , i hope he will change his approach as we know he is already a world class. Mominul has to check his shots while driving and i hope with time and experience he can do it. Already he has good average in test cricket. and Nasir should play the same way what he is doing. He is a jem and the best part is when he is in pressure he used to play better cricket. Ashraful was disappointing as always!! Jahurul needs to come out wiith his first 50 score.

  • Dashgar on April 30, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Bangladesh seem to be making steady progress with this team. Since Mushfiqur's debut in 2005 Bangladesh have won 3, drawn 4 and lost 36. 2 of those 7 non losses are in the last 4 games. This recent trend of not losing all the time must continue into the future. In the next 3 years Bangladesh are scheduled to play 18 tests. I think in this time their aim should be to win at least 4 (at least 2 against a team other than Zim) and draw at least 4 more. That would mean no more than 10 losses (and lets try to limit innings defeats to 2 in this time). I think this record of 4 wins, 4 draws and 10 losses in the next 3 years would be acceptable and show growth while still being achieveable. If they do better than that then really they're breaking even with the smaller of the big teams, which is where you'd want the 3 years following that to show.

  • Sadequl on April 30, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Congrats BD boys but this was for sure not the highest performance out come we have seen in these two test matches from U guys. U boys have turned the expectation's margin higher then this average performance by your own, within recent two-three years. So it was obvious most of us got shocked to see, when U guys lost the 1st test to Zim & would have been justified if U would have been won the series with 2-0 to make BD ranking higher with this opportunity.

    We shouldn't look back or listen to the criticism of the haters & we only need look forward to show the best capabilities in future with much more high performances. Our boys couldn't gain a century against Zim yet which is totally matchless & unacceptable, while our batsmen have the capability to gain back to back century in Lord's Cricket Ground!

    It needs a bit more responsibility & patients from our top orders & show some maturity to prove their worthiness that, they R playing for the name & fame of their country's glory.

  • on April 30, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    I congratulate Bangladesh cricket team for much deserved win but for last five to six years every time they win or have close contest with better teams we start praising them that Bangladesh cricket is moving in right direction and i am sure we will keep on doing that for many years to come. I frankly do not see them winning against better teams for next 5 years, still wish them best of luck.

  • The_Ashes on April 30, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Jahurul is a walking wicket, makes more sense when Anamul comes back, he'll take his place. Ashraful in my opinion should be partnering Tamim in all forms. Test Cricket is a challenge for Bangladesh and have a lot of work to do to become really competitive but for now, they are making the right strides. Bangladesh need to keep in mind, when playing on seaming pitches, always use at least 3 seamers. After this tour, Bangladesh won't be participating in ICC Trophy but I think it would be wise to arrange an ODI series with Ireland and end this annoying argument that they are "better" than Bangladesh. Besides they are asking for more ODI matches and I think it would be good for both teams and have a lot of purpose.

  • S-Matrix on April 30, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Most significant concern before this series: pace attack. Most treasured weapon during the series: pace attack. Does not anybody else see the so very heartening change?

  • TheRisingTeam on April 30, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    I think Bangladesh can now give almost anyone a tough game in limited overs but still a rocky road in the long form. If we played on these pitches against South Africa or Australia then very likely we know what's going to happen but no worries since all the other Asian teams are also struggling and getting bundled out for less than 50 scores on such surfaces. And that's why Bangladesh need to alter a lot of their Cricket pitches in their domestic circuit. Don't forget our team is very young probably the youngest of all teams so fortunately we're that one big step ahead than everyone else. Bangladesh must always play to their strengths when they play at home now, make sure the wicket is offering consistent turn for the bowlers and chances of us drawing/winning more now will be considerably higher since our players are so use to playing on these slow low pitches and have spinners to bowl anyone out. Our critics/haters know Bangladesh Cricket is changing for the good and let's continue.

  • on April 30, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    I congratulate BD for winning the match, but give no credit, because they are supposed to win both the mathces.However, I have a few suggestions: ashraful should be only allowed to play a test match exactly after three year and I can assure you he will hit a century, because he is very consistent every three years he plays a match. Sakib should be banned at least for three matches for throwing his wicket in both innings Mominul should be banned for one match for not leaving that ball. Musfiq should be fined $200 for not placing a fielder in conventional first slip after four wickets down, because had he put a fielder there, the match could have been over at least 15 overs before

  • on April 30, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Few positions that Bangladesh need to emphasize...

    1. Opening and One down slot is not that stable that it should be..

    2. One fast bowler can not make you win a test match. Except Robiul it was ordinary Fast bowling.

    3. Playing shots or attacking is not the only way to get rid of the pressure situations.. They rather try to be more strong mentally...

    Congrats to Bangladesh and also to Zimbabwe who made them sweat

  • Baundele on April 30, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    It was a tremendous win coming from so far behind. Bangladesh lost in the pace in the first test, could not score even 300 in 2 innings combined. They came back so strongly in the second test that Zimbabwe, with their best effort, could not resist them.

    Bangladesh need to play more test matches, especially with so called big guns. That is the only way to show that they belong at that top level. Without playing regularly, you never know the real strength of a team.

    Bangladesh have everything: batting, spin bowling, and pace bowling as well. All they need is some fine tuning and mental strength. They only way to improve them is to play against top teams.

  • CricLook on April 30, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Nice articel..!.. BD need some fine tune...Players should select according to their contribution.. Ashraful may get one or two chance .. If he continues to fail then selectors have bring another .. May be Anamul at opening and Jahurul and third..Jahurul at least survive in new ball and contribute important runs.. you dont need to be genius but a contributor..Mominul looks good as well.. Need two or more quality fast bowler along side Robiul. Future looks good as is Mushfiq,Shakib,Tamim, Nasir...

  • cricanalyserbd on April 30, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    hope that Robiul Islam wil perform better in ODIs than the test series.

  • Nduru on April 30, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    I find it funny that Bangladesh are now being siad to have made strides when this was a series that Bangladesh were the clear favourites to beat Zim in both matches. Zim hardly played any test cricket in the 19 months leading up to the series, they had no proper coach, they had a player strike which derailed their preparations etc. Bangladesh, on the other hand, had supposedly come of age after their performance in Sri Lanka. So a 1-1 draw for Zimbabwe is a much more positive result for them than Bangladesh, especially since the first match was such a walloping. But I agree that at least they have a good developing seam attack now.

  • rEd-EyE on April 30, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    4th Innings: Yes 4th is the key to success in test cricket. Bangladesh gradually started getting taste of 4th innings of a test match. How many times did we see Bangladesh Batting or bowling 90 overs in 4th innings? The answer is very few. They will start grinding results in favor of them when they get used to that. Bangladesh need to find a decent partner of Tamim to open, solid no. 3 batsman & strike partner of Robiul Islam sooner rather than later. Once they get those three in the system they become a formidable side in test cricket. Bound to be.

  • supporter_of_minnows on April 30, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    i didnt understand why mushfik didnt pu an attacking field (8 fielders in the circle) when robiul was bowling and zim had only 1 wicket left!!!! did think that the batsmen would go to hit boundaries and chase down the target with 1 wicket left :P

  • on April 30, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Congrats to BD! This win is significant for many reasons, here are some of these; 1) BD got this win away from home in bouncy track, 2) BD came back hardly in winning comprehensively from behind (loosing 1st test) and drew the test series, 3) BD won this match with great contribution of the pacers- Robiul & Ziaur, whereas BD was traditionally & heavily dependent on the spinners before, 4) most probably Robiul, being the fast bowler, is only the first time in the BD cricket history who got the highest wickets and adjudged the man of the series, 5) BD dominated the each 5 days of this test match which is rare, 6) winning this match with 3 seamers proved that BD did a huge strategical mistake without playing a single practice match & not taking the 3rd seamer in 1st test which cost them heavily, 6) with this win BD proved that they can win a test and can be competitive even in foreign & bouncy soil and slowly but surely giving sign of consistency after drawing tests with WI and SL.

  • on April 30, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Bangladesh is becoming a good bating side..has good spin bowlers..but they dont have good Fast bowlers..BCB should look into it.I suggest a nation wide Pacer hunt.

  • Rafelgibt on April 30, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Mr. Isam has the bull-eye regarding our players situations in TEST cricket.I have also the same feelings that except MUSHFIQ all of our batsmen want to play their shots and score runs as fast as possible like the ODIs without thinking of STAYING in the crease and a plan of consuming at least 100 balls.Their current approach is to get 300 odd runs in 90 overs; doesn't matter if they got all out to do so.This way opposition gets more time to recover though we got 300 runs.So, i think for the TEST format we cant go like the ODI format.We can apply players like Marshall Ayub,Mehrab jnr,Naeem Islam in TESTs who got the reputation of being a good long version players in Domestic circuit.We must preserve our different players for different formats; just cant go with a single good player in all the 3 formats of the game irrespective that player suits the format or not...Time to take a bold decision for our better future in CRICKET>>

  • on April 30, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    In this Test series two things, BD can learn . One is in future if they tour away for test cricket they should go there early to cope with the conditions easily. That is very important. Suppose if it is not possible to play enough practice matches in corresponding country then they can travel to similar conditions just for 1/2 practice games. Second for winning a test match , it is good for BD team that they choose to bat first. As we all know they love to play shots , so it is better to play shots when there is no pressure and obviously batting last in 2nd innings and chasing any amount more than 150+ is very very difficult in competitive Test cricket. Some of the thing still BD can learn and improve like using different tactics, changing according to situations to take wickets as well while batting, Attacking more when they are sitting top in a Test match. Putting fielders in right position and use specific tactics to get out opponent top class batsman.

  • on April 30, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    In this Test series two things, BD can learn . One is in future if they tour away for test cricket they should go there early to cope with the conditions easily. That is very important. Suppose if it is not possible to play enough practice matches in corresponding country then they can travel to similar conditions just for 1/2 practice games. Second for winning a test match , it is good for BD team that they choose to bat first. As we all know they love to play shots , so it is better to play shots when there is no pressure and obviously batting last in 2nd innings and chasing any amount more than 150+ is very very difficult in competitive Test cricket. Some of the thing still BD can learn and improve like using different tactics, changing according to situations to take wickets as well while batting, Attacking more when they are sitting top in a Test match. Putting fielders in right position and use specific tactics to get out opponent top class batsman.

  • Rafelgibt on April 30, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Mr. Isam has the bull-eye regarding our players situations in TEST cricket.I have also the same feelings that except MUSHFIQ all of our batsmen want to play their shots and score runs as fast as possible like the ODIs without thinking of STAYING in the crease and a plan of consuming at least 100 balls.Their current approach is to get 300 odd runs in 90 overs; doesn't matter if they got all out to do so.This way opposition gets more time to recover though we got 300 runs.So, i think for the TEST format we cant go like the ODI format.We can apply players like Marshall Ayub,Mehrab jnr,Naeem Islam in TESTs who got the reputation of being a good long version players in Domestic circuit.We must preserve our different players for different formats; just cant go with a single good player in all the 3 formats of the game irrespective that player suits the format or not...Time to take a bold decision for our better future in CRICKET>>

  • on April 30, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Bangladesh is becoming a good bating side..has good spin bowlers..but they dont have good Fast bowlers..BCB should look into it.I suggest a nation wide Pacer hunt.

  • on April 30, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Congrats to BD! This win is significant for many reasons, here are some of these; 1) BD got this win away from home in bouncy track, 2) BD came back hardly in winning comprehensively from behind (loosing 1st test) and drew the test series, 3) BD won this match with great contribution of the pacers- Robiul & Ziaur, whereas BD was traditionally & heavily dependent on the spinners before, 4) most probably Robiul, being the fast bowler, is only the first time in the BD cricket history who got the highest wickets and adjudged the man of the series, 5) BD dominated the each 5 days of this test match which is rare, 6) winning this match with 3 seamers proved that BD did a huge strategical mistake without playing a single practice match & not taking the 3rd seamer in 1st test which cost them heavily, 6) with this win BD proved that they can win a test and can be competitive even in foreign & bouncy soil and slowly but surely giving sign of consistency after drawing tests with WI and SL.

  • supporter_of_minnows on April 30, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    i didnt understand why mushfik didnt pu an attacking field (8 fielders in the circle) when robiul was bowling and zim had only 1 wicket left!!!! did think that the batsmen would go to hit boundaries and chase down the target with 1 wicket left :P

  • rEd-EyE on April 30, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    4th Innings: Yes 4th is the key to success in test cricket. Bangladesh gradually started getting taste of 4th innings of a test match. How many times did we see Bangladesh Batting or bowling 90 overs in 4th innings? The answer is very few. They will start grinding results in favor of them when they get used to that. Bangladesh need to find a decent partner of Tamim to open, solid no. 3 batsman & strike partner of Robiul Islam sooner rather than later. Once they get those three in the system they become a formidable side in test cricket. Bound to be.

  • Nduru on April 30, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    I find it funny that Bangladesh are now being siad to have made strides when this was a series that Bangladesh were the clear favourites to beat Zim in both matches. Zim hardly played any test cricket in the 19 months leading up to the series, they had no proper coach, they had a player strike which derailed their preparations etc. Bangladesh, on the other hand, had supposedly come of age after their performance in Sri Lanka. So a 1-1 draw for Zimbabwe is a much more positive result for them than Bangladesh, especially since the first match was such a walloping. But I agree that at least they have a good developing seam attack now.

  • cricanalyserbd on April 30, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    hope that Robiul Islam wil perform better in ODIs than the test series.

  • CricLook on April 30, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Nice articel..!.. BD need some fine tune...Players should select according to their contribution.. Ashraful may get one or two chance .. If he continues to fail then selectors have bring another .. May be Anamul at opening and Jahurul and third..Jahurul at least survive in new ball and contribute important runs.. you dont need to be genius but a contributor..Mominul looks good as well.. Need two or more quality fast bowler along side Robiul. Future looks good as is Mushfiq,Shakib,Tamim, Nasir...

  • Baundele on April 30, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    It was a tremendous win coming from so far behind. Bangladesh lost in the pace in the first test, could not score even 300 in 2 innings combined. They came back so strongly in the second test that Zimbabwe, with their best effort, could not resist them.

    Bangladesh need to play more test matches, especially with so called big guns. That is the only way to show that they belong at that top level. Without playing regularly, you never know the real strength of a team.

    Bangladesh have everything: batting, spin bowling, and pace bowling as well. All they need is some fine tuning and mental strength. They only way to improve them is to play against top teams.