Originally Posted by chinaman_f
If at the beginning of the match , somebody rolled up to you and said "Naeem will need to open today, and he's still going to get a fifty at a 70+ strike rate" - you'd say AWESOME! It was a big total - so what were the big batsmen doing? Where was the "HERO" Tamim Iqbal? Where was Imrul? Ashraful? The "Mr. ICL" Alok Kapali *who, btw, continues to look more clueless than a baby at a topless bar* Naeem came and played a sheet anchor. Any other top order batsman doing that would have gotten a round of applause.
Naeem is doing fine. If ou want more runs at the top, get rid of that Kayes and Bring in Shahriar Nafees.
Nayeem had to suddenly come to open in a very big match, because IK wasn't available for opening. Strategy was clear, he will protect one side and TI will hit big. But TI never got going ...
TI, Ash, Mushy, AK, Nasir ... if all these guys fail, then how can you chase 300? Atleast 2 of them needed to make quick fifties, or three quick 30/40s to win chasing 300 ... then Nayeems innings would look to be very responsible one. Every player can't/shouldn't play in the same way, diverse playing ability makes the team stronger & versatile.
Not to worry, we aren't out yet ... im sure the boys will turn around in second ODI ....