lets give siddons another 6 months with this current tactic...it might work, it might not. at this point, we're lost either way.
much as the whatmore era was good, we won on pure chance (i.e everyone pulling it together to play responsibly once every 6 months or 15 games). we have to start winning more and it can only come with real improvements in mindset, and technique. i was quite upset with JS until a couple of weeks ago. but it seems he has changed at least one thing: big individual innings.
during whatmore era, our biggest individual ODI innings against top 8 sides were:
ash 100 against AUS
ash 94 against ENG
ash 87 against SA
Rajin 82 against IND
Rajin 71 against PAK
SN 75 against AUS
pilot 71 vs AUS
JO 81 vs AUS (or ENG)
in other words we had 6 innings of 70+ runs in aprox 50 games during whatmore era, with half of the innings being eid al ashrafs. the pilot and JO innings were far to slow to warrant any match winning potential, whereas even rajin's 71 was rapid enough to have possibly won a match. thats too much dependence on one player, and that can't be good.
in siddons era, we have 13 matches against top 8 sides:
ash 70 vs NZ
tamim 82 vs SA
sakib 75 vs PAK
sakib 108 vs PAK
Raqib 89 vs IND
we already have 5 70+ inninngs in just 13 matches...JS seems to be working the individual, and thats the only way we can have a decent team. plus ash has only one of those 5 significant innings.
Cricket cannot live with the mistaken belief that people want to see big hits. People like to see goals, but no one is talking of moving the goalposts a metre wider either side. (Harsha Bhogle)