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cricket_dorshok
April 18, 2008, 01:19 PM
When Bangladesh beat India and South Africa in the 2007 World Cup, there was reason to believe they would finally shrug off their minnows tag and begin to challenge the top teams more consistently. Both wins were achieved overseas - though conditions were fairly similar to the ones at home - against tough opponents, on the biggest world stage.

Those wins should have sparked a revival in fortunes, but the last year has been a particularly dismal one for them. Since they beat South Africa, they have been beaten 18 times in 21 ODIs, and their only victories have been in three home games against Ireland. Leave those games aside, and they've been beaten 18 straight times, including once by Ireland. The slide started with two defeats at home against India, and it has gone progressively further downhill since Mohammad Ashraful took over the captaincy, with successive defeats against Sri Lanka, New Zealand, South Africa and Pakistan.

Bangladesh have won 39 out of 176 ODIs so far, but 33 of those wins have been against Zimbabwe and other non-Test-playing teams. The table below traces Bangladesh's performances against the top teams over the years, which clearly shows why their results in the last year have been so disappointing.

Among the players who have played at least ten ODIs against the top teams during this period, only two - Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan - have an average of more than 25. The biggest letdown has been the performance of their captain: Ashraful has managed just three scores of more than 25 in his last 17 innings against the top teams, and has lasted an average of 22 deliveries per dismissal.

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source (http://www.thedailystar.net/story.php?nid=32748)

Here is the summary of our post WC performance! haire we called Ash/Aftab talented (instead of garbage)!!!

Zunaid
April 18, 2008, 01:22 PM
Its actually a Cricinfo original:

Bangladesh slide, Steyn and Yousuf soar

Numbers Game: Post-World Cup 2007, Ashraful and Co have fallen back into mediocrity (http://usa.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/346822.html)

AsifTheManRahman
April 18, 2008, 01:23 PM
Funny how they claim it's "undated". The original version is here (http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/current/story/346822.html) and it clearly states the date.

Btw, guess who the author is. Surprise surprise :)

PS: Damnit, I got beaten by the old man.

RazabQ
April 18, 2008, 02:35 PM
PS: Damnit, I got beaten by the old man.When he feels like it, he can still kick our collective hineys. Beshi grey cells buirar.

Tigers_eye
April 18, 2008, 02:39 PM
When a strategical change is made, 100% of the time the performance goes down in the implementation phase. So who cares of those stat? Wait and see when the plan goes to production phase. No b*tching and moaning can save them.

cricket_dorshok
April 18, 2008, 03:44 PM
When a strategical change is made, 100% of the time the performance goes down in the implementation phase. So who cares of those stat? Wait and see when the plan goes to production phase. No b*tching and moaning can save them.
Hoping too bro!
But question, are Ash, Aftab, SN capable enough to learn from any strategy? I doubt, and if this is the case then we will have to wait for a another group of core batsmen which eventually delay the ultimate production.

Russell2k7
April 18, 2008, 04:53 PM
What exactly is the productive phase? Better yet, when will it begin?