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Old September 25, 2017, 12:21 AM
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For What it's worth, Haturasinghe is a good tactician. People like Kumar Sangakkara(himself a living legend) spoke very highly of him. Bangladesh in 2014 had many issues all happening at the same time, disciplinary issues, team disunity, Mushy Captaincy, players going off form, the limited success which they were not used to + excessive premature media praises got to their heads. Haturasinghe came in and immediately he instilled a sense of discipline and a sense of purpose. Bangladesh Alhamdulillah always had the talented players but sometimes they lacked direction or purpose or a lack of self belief(It's a cycle of lack of matches + plus how we were treated in the international arena and a sense of low self esteem). There was a time when the players were satisfied with very very little. but now, even when you scored a fifty in the last match, your spot is in immediate danger if you don't perform in the next match(case in point: Mominul Haque). This was not the case even in 2014. Sure, Coach Haturasinghe cannot and should not take credit for unearthing Fizz or Mehedi Miraz but he has a clear understanding of the game. And of course, The coach tries different theories, some of them work and some of them don't.

We should Remember England was 100/0 in the second test match and Coach fired the boys up and the rest is history. In 2015, when Bangladesh did a lap of honor to acknowledge fans after beating Afghanistan, Coach had a good talk with the boys and told them, "what the hell are you trying to achieve here" why did you come here. Head coaches job is not to teach technique but his job is to formulate a team or a vision or a strategy match by match in addition to bringing the best out of each and every player. Sure, we can argue, many National bound players took Inspiration from Mashrafee, the coach played his role too. Love or Hate Soumya, you can't deny that It was purely Hatura who chose Soumya out of nowhere because Haturasinghe understands the game and understands certain players potential that many other people don't. Even in Test Cricket Soumya is doing not too bad excluding last series, where this guy has absolutely close to nonexistent domestic stats.

Haturasinghe is not perfect, but he has to take credit from the rut we were in 2014 to where we are today. It's the little things that count and he certainly has left a big positive mark in Bangladesh cricket history no doubt.

I do agree that coaching a side that has vastly experienced players like Tamim, Shakib and the wisdom of Mashrafee is a lot easier than coaching a bunch of 20 ish year olds vastly inexperienced and lacking self belief and maybe skills not up to international mark. I can definitely sympathize with Jamie Siddons, Shane Jurgensen and Stuart Law on that. They definitely had it tougher than now. It's not the national team coaches job to teach you how to bat or ball, you should be good enough to make it to the national team through Academy coaches.
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Old September 25, 2017, 12:34 AM
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Good post Rifat. I actually came back to the thread to add something but you ahve already mentioned. If sarker and sabbir (specially sarker) become our pillars in test/ODI format, then no doubt hathuri can take credit for them.

I personally like both of these players and back hathuri on their selection...yes in tests also. Much better than that poser Mahmudildo.
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Old September 25, 2017, 01:15 AM
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I'll try to avoid going all sage or Gandalf like but to top it all of, as a fan you may be against Hathurusingha, but as a human its decency to not call someone a dumbass/ dumbass singha just because you do not share the same views or your favourite player has been benched.
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