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Miraz
May 27, 2007, 07:41 AM
Undoubtedly this is the best piece from Sidarth Monga, who received lot of criticism from BC members. An excellent read

In a Test full of gloom and embarrassment for Bangladesh, Ashraful alone shone. That light was given to them all too briefly, 46 minutes to be exact. But for that brief while, it alleviated everything. Habibul Bashar's decision to field first was forgotten, Javed Omar's king pair, Bashar's lame dismissals, the umpires' mistakes, everything was forgiven. And then, Ashraful got too close to the pitch of the ball and that was that. It was unfair, cruel even. But that is cricket.When they bowled length and full, they were driven through the covers; when they bowled short, they were pulled; when they strayed on the stumps, they were flicked. Soon, Ashraful had missed Jacques Kallis's fastest Test fifty (24 balls) by two balls, and was seriously threatening the fastest ever century by Vivian RichardsRead full (http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/bdeshvind/content/current/story/296040.html)

Rabz
May 27, 2007, 08:21 AM
Good read.
Well... what else he could do but to go carefree when everything is lost.
That also goes to show if he gets to bat in a less pressured way, he could have done a lot lot better than what he has done so far.
Our opening pair problem, quick early wickets etc etc means everytime Ashraful is batting, there is a huge task on his shoulder. May be he was not ready for all this earlier in his career, after all, he is still around 22-24 years of age.

.......uh... a lot more to add ... but cant be bothered.

sheikh
May 27, 2007, 12:54 PM
Good read.
Well... what else he could do but to go carefree when everything is lost.
That also goes to show if he gets to bat in a less pressured way, he could have done a lot lot better than what he has done so far.
Our opening pair problem, quick early wickets etc etc means everytime Ashraful is batting, there is a huge task on his shoulder. May be he was not ready for all this earlier in his career, after all, he is still around 22-24 years of age.

.......uh... a lot more to add ... but cant be bothered.

There were at all no pressure in this innings. It was like a good outing in the net. Everything was there technique, arrogance except any true value of this innings. I would have liked to see the same innings from 200 balls. That would have been more according to the situation.

Murad
May 27, 2007, 01:09 PM
hes a middle order batsman..but played as top order.. so what u expect??

whatever he did.. was good enough.. hope he does well in the next series. also in the 20/20 match against africa...

Sovik
May 27, 2007, 03:53 PM
going down in style. but he took the attack to the opposition for a while

CricTiger
May 27, 2007, 07:03 PM
Do you think if we had Tamim,Aftab and Rahim in the team they would do worser than this?