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Monday, January 25, 2010

!dea Cup 2010 Bangladesh-India Test Series

Riyad run continues

Ash's batting raises the old question

WHY SHOULD I TAKE SO LONG TO SCORE? Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful (in the foreground) goes for a wild swing as India wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni catches him short of his crease off the bowling of Pragyan Ojha (not in picture) on the first morning of the Mirpur Test yesterday. PHOTO: ANISUR RAHMAN

It was once again the tale of the tail-enders and it was once again the story of Mahmudullah Riyad, who rescued Bangladesh from complete embarrassment on the first day of the second and final Test against India at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Many may suggest that Riyad is not a tail-ender, but his position in the batting order goes to show that he is one. Some other may also raise the question how it is possible that a batsman like Mohammad Ashraful is batting at number four with such a poor approach while Riyad comes in at number eight.

Without any doubt Riyad was the hero of the day in the Bangladesh's pathetic top-order collapse with his missed maiden century as the right-hander remained not out on 96, but it was Ashraful and captain Shakib Al Hasan who got the attentions most, and definitely for the wrong reasons. If most of the top-order batsmen were exposed in early morning condition with their lack of ability then the two batsmen committed crime, especially the way former skipper Ashraful got out which raised the same old question: Is there any chance this batsman will learn from his mistakes? One can't be blamed if he or she thinks that the right-hander hasn't learnt anything during his nine years in the international arena.

It was not all about 'inconsistency' as his coach Jamie Siddons said after the first Test at Chittagong rather it was 'irresponsibility' which caused the real concern for the batsman. One can't even imagine that an experienced batsman like Ashraful comes down the track to charge left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha when his team is struggling with four wickets down before fifty runs on the board.

Does he deserve to be aboard the plane for New Zealand after committing this kind of a crime? The answer should be in the negative even if he comes up with a big score in the second innings because everybody knows that one good innings from him means he will go into a long hibernation.

On the other hand, time has also come for Shakib to work on his batting after the way he chased the ball way outside his off-stump to nip the rebuilding process in the bud.

In the top-order ruins the innings of Riyad however came as some sort of refreshment. The right-hander, who also played a well-composed 69-run innings to help his side reach a respectable total in the first innings of the first Test, showed rare brand of consistency in his batting since he started it in the tri-nation one-day tournament.

His technique and ability to build up an innings by pushing for single was something which is rare in Bangladesh cricket. And although he missed a maiden century by a whisker, his valiant effort earned praises from none other than the Indian players on the field.

"Yuvraj [Singh] told me that it was a good knock although I did not get a hundred. Bhajji [Harbhajan Singh] also said 'well played'. I am not disappointed for missing the century. In the end we got a good total," said Riyad.

Riyad came in to bat with the scoreboard reading 106 for six and the dismissal of Shakib almost left them in a position that crossing 150 would be beyond imagination. But the right-hander kept his cool and got the assistance from his partners to take the score to a respectable 233 runs. Credit must go to him for that he rotated the strike just at the right times.

"After Shakib was out, I tried to bat as long as possible and score as many runs as possible. That was my plan," he informed.

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Mr. Roy, great sports journalism. keep it up... and Ashraful should be dropped

: Hoque

Entire team can not rely on Riyad to come to the rescue. After the disaster by top order batsmen in every match, both Rahim and Riyad emerge as saviours for the team. Riyad has been so far very consistent among all our batsmen. Then again he can have a bad day at the office too. What will happen then?

: Zubair Hasib


  • Mohammed Sohail
    Monday, January 25, 2010 04:47 AM GMT+06:00 (315 weeks ago)

    Ashraful and Shakib both should learn from Riyad and Mushfiq.

    Now the selector should ask them to prove why they should be included in future games.

    I am very dissapointed.

  • Shah Sazzad
    Monday, January 25, 2010 09:21 AM GMT+06:00 (315 weeks ago)

    I am sure there is a replacement for Ashraful. He is most welcome to return after he sheds his sense of self and work his way to form again. Shakib also should come down from his pedestal and start a fresh. He should start again by being his humble self again. Our players stop thinking as a team after the initial run of success and that is the weakest link.

  • Sohel
    Monday, January 25, 2010 10:19 AM GMT+06:00 (315 weeks ago)

    Absolutely irresponsible is the way our top order batsmen have been batting. Is there anyone out there who can put some senses into these players? Playing for the national team is a rare opportunity, you are representing your country and millions of people who support you. Just as in any national level jobs, if you are not able to serve and because of you, your country's image is tarnished, you should resign. It may sound harsh, but when people do not learn from their mistakes and continue to forcibly assert that they are doing the right thing - what else can one ask for?

  • anik
    Monday, January 25, 2010 02:20 PM GMT+06:00 (315 weeks ago)

    BD batsmen lack temperament, mentality, application, determination, footwork, commitment and they can't survive 5-day cricket. If they continue like this, it would be very pathetic to see, and this team will suffer more, as one or two good sessions in test series means nothing.





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