Originally Posted by deshprem
6/7/8 are crucial positions in tests. if they can strengthen one end, u won't get late wickets at the end of days play. imagine we had someone of weaker caliber, if we lost 2 kwik wickets in the last few nervous overs, we might have been done for.
These are crucial positions but a batsman of Mahmudullah's caliber (in bd context) is more suited at no. 4, 5 or 6. Since those are taken, the only places left are no. 2 and 3 (or you can ask Mushy to bat at 8!). The top three require a solid batsman and as bizarre as it may sound, Mahmudullah could become a decent no. 3 providing he gets used to that position in the NCL. This could be our stop-gap solution until Anamul/Mominul is ready (we do need to nurture them for a while).
Playing 4 specialist (quality) bowlers with Shakib will give us a better chance of taking more wickets (imagine the difference Enamul/Sunny could have made in this test). We can draw a test by batting well but if we want to win one, we have got to bowl them out!