View Full Version : Opener !!

January 6, 2003, 04:45 PM
Thank you all for your valuable comments about the BD Final 11.

I am still confused about the opener. Even though hanna & Rokon are doing well even in the practice match....how you like the idea to put Ash to face the first ball. I am trying to bring the essence of shrilnka here. It could be clever tactic if we can put a middle order (or tail order) into the opening.

We will face most of the Day-night playing. So, we might need some quick runs at the start and then 'obostha bujey babostha'.

Back to the bowler's choice, I actually overlooked Seezan, who is also a bowler ( I am nor sure whether his qualification will prompt him as an all rounder !!! But..).

I read that BD team will play quiet a feww match in namibia before the WC....DOn't you guys think it will be tiresome. To my senses they should concentrate more on psychic strength :).


January 6, 2003, 07:21 PM
Batting wise... Ash still sucks. He again scored a duck in the practice match. Forget moving him to the opening for now.

January 6, 2003, 10:29 PM
I am sure that from what I will say now, it will rise a lot of disagreements and contradictions among this board, but I am thinking it straight (that) -

if Ashraful and Seejan are in the team to get some balance - we know that they are NOT going to be good openers, so why not let them open and in the process there will be more slots for allrounders/specialist bowlers/specialist batsman in the side?

Especially, when we know it (even before the world cup starts that) Hannan and Rokon will fail.

I mean then why were Hannan and Rokon were in the team at first place, right?

Now lets come to think it seriously. Rokon is in the team for his experience, for his success in test cricket, and for his good fielding. Hannan is in the team for being consistent - for being a consistent replacement for Golla - who is passing a bad patch for the moment.

Well I am sure during the Namibia matches as well as during the world cup, we will be having some serious trouble with our openers.

January 7, 2003, 03:53 PM
That would probably be best for Bangladesh team. One batsman who is COOL, and on the other end who STRIKES, (e.g Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Sanath Jayasuriya - when he was at his best, or Romesh Kaluwitharana..)

Sheshprohor, Sri Lanka's tactic of experimenting (ie starting with middle order or tail order batsmen) has not produced success. It has just done the opposite. With Jayasuriya out of form and
Aravinda De Silva struggling with his bat, Sri Lanka is BEDISHSA at the moment.

They only optimism for them is their rising star batman Kumar Sangakkara (his batting is a delight to watch !) and Russell Arnold - another batsman in the middle order who is COOL and CONSISTENT, a fast scorer as well. Their other consolation is Marvan Atapattu, a cool headed batsman with Mahela Jayawardene who is also a promising batsman but shines ON & OFF. However, Mahela has the right mental makeup for one day batting.

Bowling strength -- NOTHING SPECIAL. They have a new bowler Charitha Buddhika who is good (reasonable pace, good line and length). Haven't seen Chaminda Vaas for some time, I wonder why.

I was a big fan of the Sri Lanka team (STILL A FAN) and I watch them very closely. The present team is only 60% of that team -- I mean the Sri Lanka team when Arjuna Ranatunga was the captain
with himself and Aravinda De Silva in top form. Plus they had COOL Brendan Kuruppu to open with Athula Samarasekera who was a cool headed STRIKER. Then they had Roshan Mahanama and Ashanka Gurusinha who followed ...

And then it was Ranatunga and Aravinda De Silva -- TOO GOOD A BATTING SIDE THEN. When they had a good day, they produced a TOOFAN in the stadium.

On the bowling they had Pramodya Wickremasinghe and Ratnayeke, with Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Murilitharan emerging during the end of their golden era.

They were a real THREAT to any team. I am not sure when they be come back again with that kind of strength.

Their experimentation with batting order is only their way of trying to ADJUST. I guess Jayasuriya prefers not to open .. for some reason.

There was a reason why I studied the Sri Lanka team so closely and thoroughly. I thought their way was the way to go for BANGLADESH. They have risen fast and sharply. They have GLAMOUR in their cricket, and they belong to the subcontinent. India & Pakistan's is a long cricket history, but Sri Lanka's was short and sweet. It didn't take them long and they became the world champions only in 1996.

Now, looking at myself, "too much CHAPABAJI is not good."

OK. Full stop. Will write again later.

Hoping to see a Bangladeshi Marvan Atapattu on one end and Krishnamachari Srikkanth on the other. That's the SUCCESSFUL OPENING FORMULA (CLASSICAL) !!!!

January 7, 2003, 08:02 PM
we had javed omar on one side and rokon on the other.

January 7, 2003, 10:00 PM
Now that Rokon is still available, who will be the other important person on the other end ?

January 7, 2003, 10:20 PM

I agree SL is out of form, but what about BD....I will be very much happy if BD has 10% of SL has now....

We actually have a serious problem of consistency. So...

January 7, 2003, 10:32 PM
Don't worry.

Although I am not upto date with present Bangladesh level, I am unable to comment straight away.

Let me put the comparison this way ---

Bangladesh team of 1999 WC is equivalent to 70% of today's Sri Lanka.

Now please pick up a CALCULATOR and let me have your feedback.

Having written this, I have to add few more lines :

We really miss YOU.

January 7, 2003, 11:15 PM
Ashraful scores one duck and you rob him of opening