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Old October 15, 2010, 05:36 PM
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The series win against New Zealand should definitely propel us to do bigger and better things in the future. The last decade has taught us that this isn't necessary true for Bangladesh cricket. This might be a good time for reflect on our cricket. How far have we really progressed? Where do we currently stand an international ODI team?

After this string of wins, whether we finally go on to achieve "consistency", that golden benchmark which all quality sides are measured by, we have to wait and see. It's pretty clear that given the right ingredients of condition, confidence and opposition, we can be a force to be reckoned with. We will always pose a threat on a slow track, against a team unsure about how to negotiate our barrage of slow left arm bowling.

This ploy could very well work in our favor during the world cup. Or at least that's what Siddons and the rest of Bangladesh are hoping for. But this also means we are bit of a one trick pony at this stage. We have seen that this strategy can go horribly wrong, even in our own backyard. For instance, in the tri-series earlier this year, our spinners were completely ineffective as a result of the evening dew. Our bowling got plundered and we lost by huge margins everytime.

On the flip side, how often have we managed to mount a challenge after the opposition has posted a score in excess of 250? I can remember Sophia Gardens and a couple of games against Zimbabwe. We are still quite satisfied with an "honorable defeat" after the other team posts a huge score. We cross our fingers and hope that Tamim heaves and thrashes everything which comes his way. Inevitably, he fails to score 300 on his own, and we give up the chase halfway through our overs. This deficiency is more glaring, with the rise of flat tracks and the inflation of average ODI scores.

So where really do we stand currently as an international ODI team?
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