cricket_22001 wrote:Bangladesh will play its 100th test during this tour of Srl Lanka. Congratulations! Perhaps everyone is bullish because they believe the players will rally behind such a momentous occasion.
But as Zimbabwe found, if you take Sri Lanka lightly, they will bite. Herath is as cunning as ever. Dilruwan Perera is an able partner of spin. Mathews is a world class bat who may be looking for redemption after the disasterous Sth African tour. And the openers, Silva & Karunaratne, will punish if given chances by butter fingered fielders. Lakmal is a fine opening bowler in the right conditions. Man for man Bangladesh may look on par but it is the mental game where they appear to be wanting.
I see the squad hasn't changed much. Even 5 seamers! Including Rubel! I am concerned it appears Bangladesh will continue using Soumya Sarkar as opener. He has exceeded expectations with his performances to date but manufactured openers rarely are long term. I hope this role doesn't become a poisoned chalice for him. (Imrul Kayes is unfit & excluded).
Sabbir Rahman seems to be the most vulnerable for his position. 2 starts against India without consolidating after a double failure against NZ at Christchurch. NZ commentators observed he looked out of his depth at Chrischurch & I recall the Indian commentators saying Bangladesh should have batted better (despite both innings being over 100 overs). I presume they mean players got starts on a pristine batting strip & didn't cash in. Mossadek Hossain is in the squad & must be close to a test spot.
Anyway, good luck to Bangladesh on this landmark.
Just a snippet from cricinfo. At the time of posting, North Zone in the BCL have Nazmul Hossain opening the batting. If you click his link, you are taken to the 1987 born medium pacer with a batting average of 11 & who hasn't played first class cricket since 2015. However, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, a young opener who made his surprise test debut in NZ, is not playing in the BCL. Go figure!
And, finally, a trivia question. Can anyone name the Bangladesh player with the most first class centuries in his career? It has been mentioned in this first class season.
Great post! My reposte:
1) I believe man for man we have more talent...a lot more. But SL are on their turf and we are still mentally frail (but improving slowly).
2) Soumya is a specialist opener!
3) Sabbir did well in his first few innings, still early days. Mosaddek deserved the spot over him on numbers, but Sabbir is a promising batter.
4) The SL openers are their weakest link IMO.
5) I should know this Trivia question...my guess will be...damn I have no clue. Tushar Imran since he's been around forever but I dont recall him scoring many tons.
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