Ahmed_B

April 21, 2006, 02:38 PM

This is another review into the just-finished BD-AUS test series about our batting performance... but this one is not just about who scored how much runs. I tried to evaluate the Test Playing maturity of our batsmen as reflected in the 4 innings that all of our batsmen played in these two test matches and rank them accordingly.

IMO, test matches are not just about scoring runs. Rather they are about the temperament of the players also. How steady and stable they are, how good are they as partners in the game... all these factors count in test matches. Here, staying in the wicket for long and building important partnerships are as important as scoring runs itself.

In ODI matches, it is of the bowler’s interest to finish off the overs as quickly as possible.... but in Test matches, it is a completely different scenario... where finishing off the overs and extending his personal as well as team-innings-length is solely a matter of interest for the batsmen. That is why I am interested in going further than just runs scored for analyzing the batting performance of this series. Here are 3 different rankings for our batsmen in the series:

Ranking-1: In terms of Total Runs scored by each batsman in 4 innings

S. Nafees 250

Rajin 161

Bashar 141

Rafiq 104

Aftab 82

Ashraful 68

JO 66

Pilot 62

Mashrafee 11

Shahadat 7

Ranking-2: In terms of total Balls faced by each Batsman in 4 innings

S. Nafees 410

Rajin 384

Bashar 216

Pilot 208

Aftab 194

Rafiq 110

JO 102

Ashraful 100

Shahadat 45

Mashrafee 37

Ranking-3: In terms of Partnerships (how many run’s partnerships They built in 4 innings)

S. Nafees 487

Rajin 397

Bashar 318

Aftab 206

Pilot 175

JO 151

Rafiq 133

Ashraful 115

Shahadat 79

Mashrafee 18

My observations from these values which I felt I must mention:

01) Nafees, Rajin & Bashar are clearly the top performers in all respect.

02) Number of balls faced by each batsman is a vital data for anyone in case of Test matches. In that way, Nafees & Rajin are way ahead of any other in the team.

03) Bashar maybe quite close to Rajin by runs scored, but he still is far behind Rajin or Nafees when you look at the number of Balls he faced. It’s true that Bashar has a high strike-rate. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that he is allowed to stay on the wicket for lesser time. He needs to increase his innings-length and try to play bigger ones and maybe extend his 50’s into 100’s more often.

04) Pilot is ranked-8 in scoring runs. But once again he proved his ‘Test-maturity’ by staying longer in the game. He is ranked-4 in facing balls and ranked-5 in partnership lengths.

05) Even though Aftab scored only 82 runs, he did not do that bad in staying on the wicket or building partnerships.

06) Rafiq-the-the-quick-scorer is ranked-4 in scoring runs. Surely commendable. But considering his batting ability he should probably try to play more balls and stay longer in there.

07) JO has been quite pathetic. The only place he got bit better rank was when it comes to partnership values.

08) In this series, Ashraful almost proved that he is not a Test-Match-material at the moment. His ranks in terms of Balls played and Partnership values are only better than Mashrafee & Shahadat.

IMO, test matches are not just about scoring runs. Rather they are about the temperament of the players also. How steady and stable they are, how good are they as partners in the game... all these factors count in test matches. Here, staying in the wicket for long and building important partnerships are as important as scoring runs itself.

In ODI matches, it is of the bowler’s interest to finish off the overs as quickly as possible.... but in Test matches, it is a completely different scenario... where finishing off the overs and extending his personal as well as team-innings-length is solely a matter of interest for the batsmen. That is why I am interested in going further than just runs scored for analyzing the batting performance of this series. Here are 3 different rankings for our batsmen in the series:

Ranking-1: In terms of Total Runs scored by each batsman in 4 innings

S. Nafees 250

Rajin 161

Bashar 141

Rafiq 104

Aftab 82

Ashraful 68

JO 66

Pilot 62

Mashrafee 11

Shahadat 7

Ranking-2: In terms of total Balls faced by each Batsman in 4 innings

S. Nafees 410

Rajin 384

Bashar 216

Pilot 208

Aftab 194

Rafiq 110

JO 102

Ashraful 100

Shahadat 45

Mashrafee 37

Ranking-3: In terms of Partnerships (how many run’s partnerships They built in 4 innings)

S. Nafees 487

Rajin 397

Bashar 318

Aftab 206

Pilot 175

JO 151

Rafiq 133

Ashraful 115

Shahadat 79

Mashrafee 18

My observations from these values which I felt I must mention:

01) Nafees, Rajin & Bashar are clearly the top performers in all respect.

02) Number of balls faced by each batsman is a vital data for anyone in case of Test matches. In that way, Nafees & Rajin are way ahead of any other in the team.

03) Bashar maybe quite close to Rajin by runs scored, but he still is far behind Rajin or Nafees when you look at the number of Balls he faced. It’s true that Bashar has a high strike-rate. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that he is allowed to stay on the wicket for lesser time. He needs to increase his innings-length and try to play bigger ones and maybe extend his 50’s into 100’s more often.

04) Pilot is ranked-8 in scoring runs. But once again he proved his ‘Test-maturity’ by staying longer in the game. He is ranked-4 in facing balls and ranked-5 in partnership lengths.

05) Even though Aftab scored only 82 runs, he did not do that bad in staying on the wicket or building partnerships.

06) Rafiq-the-the-quick-scorer is ranked-4 in scoring runs. Surely commendable. But considering his batting ability he should probably try to play more balls and stay longer in there.

07) JO has been quite pathetic. The only place he got bit better rank was when it comes to partnership values.

08) In this series, Ashraful almost proved that he is not a Test-Match-material at the moment. His ranks in terms of Balls played and Partnership values are only better than Mashrafee & Shahadat.