Originally Posted by BANFAN
I would rathar, preffer Rajib coming in place of Aftab/Nafees, and one of Ashraful/Mushfiq opening if Nafees is resting. We need to have more option in bowling to restrict the opponents around 250/260. Given all the batsmen in the team, it is still hard for us to chase a target around 300 or more.
Pitches in WI are all sporting wicket and the humidity and moisture in this season will always assist the pacers with new ball and medium pacers are effective in the middle overs, so they can’t settle down with the spinners and hit them all around the park. It’s too predictable bowling attack. We haven’t seen a lot of spin in any of the pitches so far. Even Murali struggled.
Razzaq is a good spinner, who has good cricketing sense, Razzaq & Rafiq should be there. An additional pace bowler could be handy as a variety in the middle to restrict the batsmen in Super eight.
Does it make sense?
[Hey man Rajib is not that bad; I like his bowling, he injects agreession in the team by his aggressive attitude, He can move the ball and has got pace.
- I value Aftab as a fielder too highly to drop him. Especially vs Australia and South Africe.
- If you want bowling depth at the expense of batting, then yes getting Rajib for his aggression is option. But Rajib is expensive as a bowler. And he hasnt so far demonstrated variety or great control in his bowling like Mashrafee and Rasel so far.
- I am not convinced of Ash performing as an opener. Ash has performed best in the middle order recently when we needed him very crucially. Mushi plays an anchor role too, but the kid looked shaken and jittery vs SL. I wouldnt want to expose him to furious fast bowlers. We've done silly things like this before and messed up many players.