POST TIME: 18 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Players’ over-confidence to blame for Tigers’ defeat: McKeinze
Sports Reporter, Sylhet

Players’ over-confidence to blame
for Tigers’ defeat: McKeinze

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan plays a shot during his lively knock of 61 against West Indies in the first T20 match at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet yesterday. BCB Photo

Bangladesh batting consultant Neil McKenzie blamed the players’ over-confidence behind the loss, stating that they have lost their experienced players in quick succession what they could not manage to fill up.

McKenzie also said that sometimes players should play attacking in response to attacking bowling.

“Team has been on a high in terms of how many series they have won. We’ve been playing good cricket in every format. So the confidence level is there,” said Neil McKenzie.

“We trust the batters out there. It’s disappointing that they didn’t learn from each other, but we trust our batsmen. We’ve had some really good results,” McKenzie told media at the post-match conference in Sylhet yesterday.

“In T20s, you can see the advantage of a high scoring rate but we were losing wickets. You have to weigh up the risk and the reward factor. But it wasn’t our day. West Indies really showed their desperation,” he added.

McKenzie said that the batsmen could not read the extra pace with Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas, who both smashed the deck of the team that ultimately rattled the team.  

 “I don’t think it’s a concern. I don’t think we learned quick enough. There was extra pace with Cottrell and Thomas opening the innings. We knew they’re going to hit the deck hard,” the batting consultant said.

“Shakib showed that we could have used the pace a little bit more. I think we just tried to be too aggressive, trying to hit the ball in front of square when we could have used the pace,” he also said.

He said that they could not execute the batting game plan properly in the game against the West Indies bowlers.

“It has been a while that we last played a T20. From 50-over to 20-over, there’s a huge difference. I think we got a little bit carried away trying to go a little bit too hard. There was some good range hitting in the nets,” he said.

“But I think it all comes down to game plan and how effective you can be against certain bowlers. You have to hit the ball against guys who have slower balls and change-ups, but when they bowl 138-140s,” he continued.

“I think we have some experienced players out there. I think the adaptation of playing on all surfaces is the real key for any international player. I know this is our home surface. There was extra pace and bounce from their bowlers. I don’t think we adapted well enough.”

“I think, it’s in the past. I see worried when I see guys getting gloved or moving away to leg or get beaten for pace around your nose. Today it was more about a bit of overconfidence. If you look at those three dismissals.”

“You’ve Liton Das coming down the track at a guy bowling 140. It takes a lot of guts, heart and belief in yourself. Tamim has been in great form. He is trying to hit it way in front of square. Soumya also tried to do the same thing. I just think that it is just the nature of the game that you try to match aggression with aggression was the key to that.”

“Looking to stay on top of the ball, trying to hit it the square-leg umpire and behind, using the pace, was a better shot on that surface. There was extra bounce in that wicket. I am not worried about the way they played the short ball. I think it was overconfidence, trying to fight fire with fire. Sometimes you have to deflect more than attack.”