View Full Version : Its not the size of the tiger in the fight, its the size of the FIGHT in the TIGER

al Furqaan
October 5, 2010, 08:40 PM
so twice now in three games against major sides, and twice in the space of 100 days, Bangladesh have battled - with injury-depleted sides, mind you - and prevailed.

that requires mental toughness, something we hadn't ever seen before.

sure we beat Australia and disposed of the South Africans, and laid out a pummeling to the Lankans and Indians too. but until our win against England in Bristol this summer, those were rare occaisions where bangladesh dominated all three departments for the entire match.

enter Bristol, where bangladesh batted well below their potential and allowed engalnd to gain the advantage several times, but Bangladesh clawed back each time, as Nasser Hussain put it we "fought and fought".

the same thing happened today against NZ. yes, rain helped us out. but at 85-4, NZ wasn't guaranteed to win much less certain to stroll to victory, even had they had the full 50 overs at their disposal. we were missing so many players, scored at least 30 runs fewer than we could have, and yet still pulled of a dazzling finish.

yes Sakib put in one of the year's best performances for any player in any part of the world. but to underestimate the importance of Razzak's bowling, Nazmul's second spell, the spell that Naeem bowled, and the good fielding of pretty much everyone out there would be terribly unfair.

the boys are beginning to become scrappy. to be tenatious, to not accept defeat as they have so many many times in the past.

al Furqaan
October 5, 2010, 08:43 PM
Rubel getting Murali'd last year after having SL 6-5, mash getting taylor'd...these are just some examples of our epic choke jobs.

good to see we're finally anti-choking! and what better time than with the WC less than 6 months away...

October 5, 2010, 08:44 PM

October 5, 2010, 10:12 PM
Well put Asaad bhai. The boys have definitely gained a "fighting" personality, something that we were only used to seeing in Mashrafe. However, I would really like them to win just one more match this series, and play competetively throughout, to really confirm this new attitude.

October 5, 2010, 10:19 PM
I think a crucial factor - not to take anything away from shakstar, but his magic was more of an catalyst- was the acclimitazation factor.

These are biggies guys: WEATHER + PITCH + CROWD....

Not all the time you can piggyback on talents. Turf plays a HUGE role in the war. Now what our boys need to do is rotate different turfs in a schedule all year long after the World Cup to experiment from dry conditions to bouncier pitches. We can't just pick on Zimbos all the time. We have to have a variety in our diet.

October 5, 2010, 10:21 PM
Btw like the thread title and the write up AF.

October 5, 2010, 10:38 PM
We need to develop a killer instinct and finish teams off when we have the chances. Earlier in the home matches against England we had moments in the games where we were in front and in winning positions,only to let the opposition off the hook by not finishing the job. Even in yesterdays game there were two easy run-outs at the end of the NZ innings that we missed that could have been crucial, and it could have been another nearly but not good enough day, but thank heavens we got there in the end. The more games we play and get into winning positions and win, the stronger this instinct will get. We will get there, slowly, but surely we will prevail.

October 5, 2010, 11:03 PM
Shakib has been mentally "different" since debut. Talented, positive, aggressive, smart enough to learn from his mistakes and always there to win. AND he's getting better and wiser by the season. No defeatist is likely to change what he is. Bhalo familir chhele. We're lucky :)

Good thread Asaad, thanks bro.

October 5, 2010, 11:23 PM
Good title but we shouldn't be overhyped.
Bangladesh has this tendency of lifting our spirit up too much only to shatter it in the following matches. If they can win the next match, which will tough now that we lost 2 bolwers and NZ just acclimatized, then I would say the trend is definitely there to be hopeful about......a realists 2 cents.

bujhee kom
October 5, 2010, 11:31 PM
Allah be praised! Alhamdulillah!
Long live the Tigers! :flag:

October 5, 2010, 11:31 PM
In other words, its not the size that matters, its how you use it that matters.

October 6, 2010, 12:55 AM
In other words, its not the size that matters, its how you use it that matters.


October 6, 2010, 02:28 AM
I'm waiting till the next match, when the kiwis will through everything and the kitchen sink at us, to see where we are mentally after being on unfamiliar higher ground.