A lot of people are blaming Riyad for his failure yesterday. As his harshest critic even I find that harsh. Agreed that he could not accelerate when needed in the middle overs but we lost not because of him but
- 2 Catches missed, 1 stumping missed. We essentially told Marlon Samuels, beta ajke tor din.. there can be nothing stopping you. So just go for it. And those misses unfortunately cost us a lot. That was the turning point.
- Rubel or Shafiul were not used when the condition was rife and the pacers were bowling well. The condition was so good for pace bowling I seriously do not understand why and how Mushy took away the pacers and brought the spinners.
- The mammoth total's pressure. Don't forget cricket is half psychological.
- The West Indies played like a champ and did not give up till the end. They bowled to a perfect line. They bowled yorkers, Gayle bowled low fulltosses but they were not slow fulltosses he actually used a lot of force to deliver that ball. If there were speedometers you could see the difference in the speed. The ball was not only slipping from the hands but I am sure the dense fog and the low visibility and the slippery ball meant that timing the ball over the fence was a mountainous task at the time.
For Riyad I will only say that, he could have used his feet to the spinners. He and Tamim should have talked and formulated a plan to go about the chasing. Unfortunately there was no plan except hit everything. There was no timing or innovation when needed. I will say this now, Mahmudullah has learnt from his past mistakes and he needs to continue understanding that he needs to play for the team. He needs to play to the situation and not worry about getting out. No doubt he has improved a lot from his previous mindset which was down right selfish but he needs to get somewhere Shakib or Tamim is. He basically needs to tell himself that it's either the team or nothing.
Taskin Ahmed Tazim : 143 KPH - 18 years - Against Aussies - 1st April, 2014
147 KPH - 20 years - Against UAE at Dhaka - 26th February, 2016
148 KPH - 20 years - Against Pak At Dhaka - 2nd March 2016