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Old March 12, 2011, 03:12 AM
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Originally Posted by al Furqaan
very well stated. had it not been for shafiul, we would have reached 200-9 in 50 overs and soundly lost by 25 runs.

Riyad is a shoo in for tests though, should bat up the order at no 5 perhaps with Shakib at 6.
190 all out by the 44th, best case scenario.

Riyad is definitely a shoo-in for tests as things stand now, and I see a lot of potential in his bowling also. His combined use of drift, bounce and turns in during the WI BanglaWash was revelatory, as was his ability to bowl long spells with good focus.

But as guys with equal temperament but better ability and variety like Shubhagauto with bat, and Nasir with bat and ball challenge him, he'll have a hard time retaining his position in the test side. They can also challenge him in the shorter formats without difficulty, as can a match and emotionally fit Alok Kapali.

Someone unsissifiable like Rumman can easily replace him and Nayeem in the shorter formats with bat and ball.

So he should continue to work hard in order to improve, cast aside loser advice, play with desire and enjoy the ride as long as he's here.
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