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POST TIME: 6 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Bangladesh-WI 1st test
Awful Tigers batting irks cricket fraternity
Sports Reporter

Awful Tigers 
batting irks cricket 
fraternity

The manner in which Bangladesh fell flat to West Indies pacers in a condition, slightly conducive to the bowlers irked the cricket fraternity as they came down heavily on the players, questioning their ability to play five-day cricket. Bangladesh were dismissed for 43, not only the country’s all time lowest, but also the lowest in the last 44 years in the world cricket since India’s 42 against England at Lord’s. While Lord’s offered swing in abundance, the pitch of the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua held no demons even though the condition was slightly overcast, giving the bowlers some edge over the batsmen, said Sarwar Imran, the Bangladesh’s head coach in the inaugural Test.

Imran said the batsmen had lack of patience, which particularly triggered the sensational collapse as they were bowled out in just one and half hours of the morning session of the first day.

“The basic of Test cricket is to block and block until the shine of the ball is removed. It was simple technique but the batsmen tried to play the shot from the first ball, as if they need to pace the scoreboard,” Imran said.

“Honestly the approach was the worst. After playing Test cricket for 18 years, this sort of approach is tough to accept.” What riled Imran more that the batsmen continued playing expensive shots even when they were five down for 18 runs.

“Even when they were five down and an all time low score is on the cards, they didn’t show minimum restrain. Instead they went for big shots as if it was the only way to take the pressure off,” he opined.

“From what I have seen, the pitch held no demons. The bowlers got the swing in both ways but it was the first morning of the Test cricket and you should know that in the first hour of the morning session in every Test in every part of the world, the bowlers always get something with the ball. So you need patience what our batsmen lacked completely.”

While Bangladesh were shot out for 43, West Indies rallied towards a big score in the same pitch by ending the day on 201 for two with their openers sharing a 113 runs partnership.

“West Indies batsmen showed the respect to the pitch. They waited for loose balls and when they got it, they treated it with disdain. That’s the Test cricket. Bangladesh batsman should learn from them,” Imran remarked.

He however also lashed out at the bowlers for not maintaining a certain length throughout the day.

“Our bowlers would have to take some blame. They couldn’t hit a certain length throughout the day. If they could sort out the best length for them and stick to it, I think West Indies would have fallen in trouble. But the bowlers were not sure about their length—sometimes they go for short of length, sometimes wide, sometimes fuller length.”

“I think only Abu Jayed Rahi understood his length and stuck to it. If West Indian batsmen batted like us, Rahi ended up the day with four or five wickets.”