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All talk, no performance Tigers face harshest reality check

  • Published at 02:44 pm April 3rd, 2021
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Bangladesh players line up for the presentation ceremony following their third T20I against New Zealand in Auckland Thursday AFP

It is high time for Bangladesh cricketers to get back to their senses and start performing, while stopping the perennial words of high hopes that actually proves nothing but worthless gibberish

Bangladesh cricket has crawled back to the era when it was all about big talks and shambolic results. 

After playing in the highest echelon of the game for over two decades, all of a sudden the graph of the progress, which seemed to be going upwards for years albeit slowly, suddenly seemed to slump drastically to the nadir point.

Remember what Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said before the series against New Zealand? 

The ambitious coach stated that it’s a great opportunity for the Tigers to achieve something that no other Bangladesh team have ever achieved before.

Technically his expectations and words proved right, albeit in the most negative way.

This Bangladesh team have achieved something after finishing the tour that has been accomplished by only one team in the world.

The Tigers were whitewashed 3-0 in the ODI series before the same fate awaited them in the T20I series, and the way of defeat in the last match of the tour has turned out as a nightmare.

In the last game, Bangladesh were all out inside just 9.3 overs in a 10-over match.

Bangladesh suffered a heavy defeat against hosts New Zealand as they were all out for just 76 in 9.3 overs to concede a 65-run loss in the rain-hit 10 overs per side T20I at Eden Park, Auckland Thursday.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Friday, 2 April 2021

Yes, you heard it right, the whole Bangladesh batting line-up managed to survive only 57 balls all together.

This is only the third incident that a team have been bundled out within 10 overs, and Bangladesh are the second team to do so in the history of top-level cricket.

No other Test-playing nation or team with one-day status have been all out within 10 overs in their history.

In T20I cricket, a team getting all out within 57 balls has been witnessed only twice.

And the team who suffered the feat is Turkey, who belong to one of the lowest tiers of cricket without any cricketing tradition whatsoever.

They did it once against Czech Republic (21 all out from 8.3 overs or 51 balls) and once against Austria (32 all out from 8.5 overs or 53 balls) in the following days at Ilfov County during the Continental Cup in 2019.

With the 3-0 losses in both the ODI and T20I series, the losing streak for Bangladesh in New Zealand against the hosts extended furthermore.

With six more defeats in this tour, the losing streak is now 32-0.

Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal admitted that the way the Tigers surrendered against the Kiwis in the first and third game of the series, if they continue playing like this they're going nowhere.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Friday, 26 March 2021

That means since 2003, when Bangladesh national team toured New Zealand for the first time, Bangladesh have never defeated the Kiwis in any format of the game in their backyard.

This time there were high hopes, but the result remains the same for Bangladesh.

As a matter of fact, the things looked most awful as the visitors looked absolutely meek and shambolic. 

Bangladesh could not even pose any threat let alone put them on vantage position in any of the games. 

To make things worse, in these one-sided affairs, Bangladesh players seemed clueless and their body language suggested as if they had no idea how to play cricket in the highest level against a competitive side.

Some parts of cricketing fraternity may find similarity with the adolescent period of the country’s cricket as in the 1980s and 90s the cricket-frenzy nation used to receive just words of hope with shambolic performances.

But to be honest, the same vicious loop after two decades is absolutely unacceptable.

New Zealand is always a tough condition for Asian teams as India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have also lost series against the Kiwis in recent times.

Bangladesh continued with their abysmal performance in the tour failing again with the bat and concede an ignominious 66-run defeat against New Zealand

Posted by Sports Tribune on Sunday, 28 March 2021

But the way Bangladesh surrendered in both the ODIs and T20Is perhaps the old doubts whether this bunch is good enough to compete in top level resurfaced. 

Bangladesh failed miserably in all three departments.

Batting was poor, bowling was poor and particularly, fielding was the poorest of the lot.

The number of catch misses and errors made by fielders in both series were frustrating.

It was nowhere near to match the standard of international cricket.

The batsmen were inconsistent in the series.

Tamim Iqbal failed to give the team a good platform in the first and third ODIs.

Liton Kumar Das and Soumya Sarkar were inconsistent, Mushfiqur Rahim was unimpressive, Mahmudullah looked like struggling throughout the series with fitness and form, Mohammad Mithun just played one good innings and it goes on.

A disappointed Bangladesh skipper Mahmadullah pointed the finger at a mediocre batting display from his side and called for a big improvement before game two in Napier on Tuesday

Posted by Sports Tribune on Sunday, 28 March 2021

Bowlers, to be honest, were perhaps slightly less guilty among the three departments, but their little good works were blown away by inconsistent bowling and poor fielding from the outfielders.

Mustafizur Rahman, who was supposed to lead the pace attack in New Zealand condition, failed to make an impact again and conceded plenty of runs.

It seems Mustafizur only gets successes on slow wickets.

Taskin Ahmed can term himself unlucky as he bowled with good pace and created a few chances.

But due to poor fielding effort and dropped catches, his figures did not justify his hard work.

Although New Zealand condition offers extra pace and bounce in the wickets, in recent years ODI and T20I series have seen plenty of runs there as wickets offered many runs for batsmen.

But Bangladesh batsmen failed to score big and utilize the shorter boundaries.

Bangladesh batsmen are often considered good players against spin.

Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal has hinted that he may retire from one format of international cricket within six months to prolong his international career.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Friday, 2 April 2021

But the Tigers batsmen were struggling to play even New Zealand’s spin bowling.

Throughout the tour, they were struggling to play spinners like Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi or Todd Astle.

Astle even took four wickets in a 10-over match where he bowled only two overs.

That’s how frustrating Bangladesh's batting performance was.

If we can try to find some "achievement" from the series, then there was one impressive innings from Mithun in the second ODI, one quickfire fifty from Soumya in the second T20I and a few spells from pacer Taskin.

That, surely, is like a needle in a pile of haystacks.

However, one may say the dawn comes only after the darkest hour of the night.

And Bangladesh cricket, in a sense, faced their harshest reality check.

It is high time for them to get back to their senses and start performing, while stopping the perennial words of high hopes that actually proves nothing but worthless gibberish.

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