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Statistical analysis: Numbers put Hathurusingha on top

  • Published at 09:29 pm April 11th, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:37 am April 12th, 2017
Statistical analysis: Numbers put Hathurusingha on top
There were a lot of criticism against Bangladesh head coach Hathurusingha after the sudden retirement of Tigers limited-over skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza from T20Is. Many have blamed the former Lankan international for his strict and bold decisions, which irked the Bangladesh cricket fans. However, one can hardly deny the improvements Bangladesh have made ever since Hathurusingha took charge as the coach back in May, 2014, when nothing was going right for the Tigers. There were significant improvements in the 50-over format as Bangladesh are now seventh in the ODI team ranking, their highest ever in this format. Till April, 2014, Bangladesh have played 283 ODIs, winning 80, losing 200 with three ending in no results; the winning percentage reading 29 percent. When it comes to competing against the top eight teams in world cricket, Bangladesh have played 191 ODIs till April, 2014, managing 27 wins and 161 losses; the winning percentage dropping to 14 percent. Since May, 2014, Mashrafe and his troop played 28 matches against the top eight teams and won 10, lost 16 with a 38 percent winning rate. Prior to Hathurusingha's introduction, Bangladesh won only four series and lost 48 out of 55 ODI series played against the top eight teams while after the 48-year old took charge, the Tigers won three out of nine and lost five. Graphs Although the graph indicates vast improvements made by Bangladesh team since Hathuruisngha joined, there are still talks regarding the frequent changes and replacements in the team. From January, 2010, to April, 2014, a total of 32 cricketers made their debut for Bangladesh in 22 Tests played during that period while since May, 2014, the Tigers played 17 Tests with 29 players making their international bow. In contrast, 36 players made their debut for Bangladesh in 72 ODIs played between January, 2010, to April, 2014, while ever since Hathurusingha started out, the Tigers played 41 matches and introduced 32 cricketers. But then again, Hathurusingha made some changes in the batting order which actually helped a few cricketers to improve their career graphs. For instance, till April, 2014, Mahmudullah has batted at No 7 in 63 ODI innings out of 94, scoring 1404 at an average of 33.42, including seven fifties. But since 2015, he has been batting at No 4 in 14 out of 25 ODI innings, making 501 at 38.53, including three fifties and back to back hundreds in the 2015 World Cup. Till April, 2014, Mushfiqur Rahim is the other Bangladeshi batsman who made significant improvements in his Test career graph. The wicketkeeper-batsman has scored 2511 in 43 Tests at 33.48 with three hundreds and 14 fifties. But the Tigers Test captain has enjoyed a great time in Tests since 2015, scoring 754 in 11 Tests at 44.35, including two hundreds and three fifties. The stats clearly reflect the improvements made by the Tigers under the stewardship of Hathurusingha. One will hardly disagree with the fact that he certainly has his own style of coaching. And it is working out pretty well for his charges.
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