View Full Version : Technical flaws in the batting line up

July 4, 2007, 09:03 AM
Though <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Bangladesh</st1:place></st1:country-region> has been struggling since their birth in test cricket, they always perform worst when they have to face Srilankans. Their performance is getting worse against them day by day. One of the possible reasons for this is the stengthened bowling attack in Srilankan part. When <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">bangladesh</st1:place></st1:country-region> came to test arena there were only two good bowlers in Srilankan side; Murali and Vaas. Now their bowling is much better with inclusion of Fernando, Malinga and Mahroof. They are smart enough to find the problems in the opponent batting and skilled enough to capitalize it.

Coming back to main topic, Bangladeshi batsmen has exibited some real technical flaws in the current series against Srilanka. Srilankan bowling line up is smart enough to work on those weak points.

All the left handed batsmen in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Bangladesh</st1:place></st1:country-region> side has problems with feet movement. None of them gets close to the ball while playing shots. While most of the right handed batsmen are clueless when they encounter a good length or three-quarter ball swinging around the off-stamp.

Shahriar Nafees has severe problem with his feet movement which makes him a good candidate for LBW. We have seen him getting LBW a lot of times recently. He often flashes the ball outside the off stamp without getting towards the line of the ball and gets himself out to the keeper or slip cordon. Shakib Al Hasan, Meherab hossain Junior and Tamim Iqbal - these left handed batsmen also has the same problem with feet movement. We have seen Mehrab getting bowled twice in his debut test (the current test) just because lack of feet movement. Our coaches need to work with this problem otherwise we will see them getting out in the same fashion again and again.
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Most right handed batsmen have problems with the swinging ball out side the off stamp. They can’t resist themselves from chasing the ball either in defensive or attacking manner and as a result ending their promising innings pathetically. Some of them have problems with incoming swinging fuller deliveries. Javed Omar, Nafis Iqbal, Habibul Bashal, Khaled Masud and some other right handed players get LBW often just for this reason. Mushfiq Rahim is a good young player; but he has problems to negotiate fast fuller deliveries well directed to the stamps.

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<o:p>We have been watching these batsmen getting out in the same fashion repeatedly. I wonder why they can't learn from their mistakes! May be they are not good enough to learn; though I don't believe this reason. I have a feeling that they don't practice as much as they needed to do in the nets against quality bowlers and bowling machine. And the single biggest reason that is liable here is the lack of experience of playing handsome amount of quality first class matches.

al Furqaan
July 4, 2007, 10:34 AM
as ashraful said, the only time technique is brought up is when the boys play badly (usually read stupidly). think about it this way, tendulkar has perfect or near perfect technique, yet the bloke's been dismissed, what i imagine to be, 500+ times in international cricket. how do you manage that? simple, everyone has lapses. differences are that our boys have their lapses after scoring 20 runs and facing 35 balls.

we know SN has a foot problem, and that he flashes outside off too much, we know aftab has a flaw against spin, and that bashar and JO never really had any technique to begin with. lack of technique is not whats killing our boys, lack of a brain inside their skulls is.

there is absolutely no need to be 69-4, as we are right now....we should much rather be placed at 40-1 at the worst. again lack of a brain, or this time around its prolly just they don't give a hoot about the match anymore. when JO has a SR over 100 in tests, thats saying something...in this case something terrible.

One World
July 4, 2007, 11:18 AM
I think this series was an acid test for our boys. While India series was completely won by the umpires here the true limitations in every sector was bared nakedly in front. Now the ball in BCB's court. I would like to see what decisions they make about practise, FC, performance vs selection criteria etc. The quicker they take right decision the better. Those better be right as its going to induce a long lasting effect in the history of Bangladesh cricket.

July 4, 2007, 12:12 PM
The way SN dismissed himself was pathetic. This is totally unacceptable. JO was trapped LBW to a good incoming delivery which should have been negotiated. His poor technique was the culprit here. Rajin was a victim of an excellent delivery. Yet this ball should have been defended. Srilankan batsmen faced some similar balls from our bolwers and yet they survived well. Our boys need to learn. But they don't. This is the most pathetic part.

July 4, 2007, 01:26 PM
There are technical flaws but the main problem is mental. When things are tough out there in the middle, you may struggle for runs, but in test match cricket you just have to hang in there and wait..... and wait.... and wait. Eventually it will get easier to get runs. But if you don't have patience when things get tough you will start playing loose shots in search for quick runs, trying to hit your way out of trouble. This is what Bang does because they are not mental tough enough. Look at Sangakkara's comments on cricinfo today, he said it was not easy to score runs early on, but he just wanted to occupy and not make the same mistake he did in the 1st test.

al Furqaan
July 4, 2007, 01:47 PM
humbug's right...problem is mostly mental

July 4, 2007, 07:55 PM
humbug's right...problem is mostly mental
Definitely mental problem is involved. But these days I started to believe that there is some kind of pure technical problem there in batting.

July 4, 2007, 10:12 PM
Another thing, confusion in the team management, which became obvious in DS reports, had terrible infact in the players moral.

July 4, 2007, 10:28 PM
Good posts as always WW. I agree with you 100% on Abir's footwork. Shakib and GJ tend to experience lapses in their batting after a boundary or two, and don't pick up certain deliveries early enough to front-foot in due time, often dragging the ball back into the stumps, or edging it to second slip. Tamim has shot selection issues more than anything else, and the RHB GS's back-footed jumps inside the crease are bound to get him out sooner than the myth of his "staying power" would have us believe. Anyway, both GS and Abir seem focused solely on keeping their places for the upcoming ODI series. Wonderfully selfless, won't you say?

Afterthought, oft repeated: the only way to learn how to stay in the middle, is by actually staying in the middle. More first class cricket please.

July 4, 2007, 10:53 PM
There are technical flaws but the main problem is mental. Look at Sangakkara's comments on cricinfo today, he said it was not easy to score runs early on, but he just wanted to occupy and not make the same mistake he did in the 1st test.
I want to say it is LACK of TACHNIQUE and LACK of APPLICATIONS IN EARLY OVERS! What does it take to leave a ball outside off stamp or block a ball, or negotiate rising chest height deliverires on the stamps in early overs?