I really wish we now had Jamie Siddons as the coach because he could have helped Anamul perfect his technique and feet movement. Nevertheless a very promising kid and from what I have seen he has a good thinking head on his shoulders and can see his shortcomings and do something about them before his opponents have a chance to exploit those weaknesses.
Originally Posted by KaaL-PurusH
I want to thank AL FURQAN to introduce Anamul to me at least. that guy backed up anamul fanatically. I can bet that nobody is prouder than him today in BC. Congrats budd
Yep. al Furqaan bhai maybe as happy as a kid who's got his/her hands on an ice cream cone.
I have scored ten hundreds in the last one year. The difference between the previous ones and today is the experience of the bowlers," Haque said. "They bowl fewer loose deliveries and they have a lot of variations in the bounce and the lengths. There's crowd pressure and I am playing for the country, so there's a lot of difference."
Originally Posted by AsifTheManRahman
He didn't slow down in his nineties, he started BEFORE that, somewhere around his 70s/80s, when his SR dropped below the 80's. Look, I know that treating adults like kids is characteristic of Bangladeshi culture, but let's put things in perspective. No need to get carried away by personal milestones and no need to get carried away with the criticisms either.
The fact is, Anamul went from scoring at an 85+ SR at one point to looking pathetic, tentative and completely incapable of nudging it around for singles. It doesn't matter what anyone thinks is "enough" to win the game - you go out there to bat trying to get as many as you can within the 50 overs. So yes, when we needed him to hit, he bogged down trying to get to his century first, wasting a good number of deliveries in the process. It got to a point where I was going to give him the benefit of doubt, assuming he was incapable of improvisation and needed more time to get there. But the way he went off right after his hundred shows that he was playing for his century and thereby himself, which made the century celebrations look pretty pathetic, IMO.
I'm not devaluing the impact of his inning. Let's take a look at the facts. The fact is that although he has limitations, he has thus far played within them to quickly adjust to international cricket. Yes, he is new and inexperienced and can improve his game with time, at least I believe so after having watched him in these two ODIs. He remained calm in the face of crisis early on in the inning and got us out of trouble. There is no questioning any of that.
But it's the attitude on display from the time he was on his 70's/80's to the time he got to his hundred that I have a problem with and think it needs to be nipped in the bud. I think this is fair criticism. You don't want someone taking 135 deliveries to get to a hundred on a flat deck in this age, especially when the team needs to accelerate. I don't know about others, but I for one wasn't expecting him to take risks or manufacture runs out of extravagant shots. Ones and twos would have been fine. But to go from 47* off 57 or so to 99* off 135 is inexcusable. The ODI game has evolved and with it, the role of the anchor. An anchor doesn't just get bogged down throughout the inning anymore. You're expected to keep scoring at a healthy SR.
What others do or don't do isn't really of concern here. If Tamim can't get 100s, go bash him in his thread. If Mushfiq gets out on 75 and you have a problem with that, by all means, go yell at him in his thread. Why must we have one extreme or the other? Why must we have either someone who goes into a shell to score a hundred or someone who doesn't get there at all? Why can't we for once have someone who'll do it at a healthy SR so we can get to, say, 320+, or as much as we can get?
Again, I think it's very fair to criticize somebody playing for himself, regardless of the outcome. Tendulkar did that against us earlier this year and had to pay for it. I do have issues with people going after personal milestones and putting them above the team, then celebrating like it's the greatest achievement in the world. If someone else doesn't have a problem with that attitude, then all power to them.
80-100. That's where my problem is with his inning. Otherwise, like I said before, he did a great job of playing within his limitations and pulling us out of misery. I do believe that with time he'll shed the attitude issue (he must if he's going to compete with guys like Faf, for who the team comes before the individual, even on debut). Someone needs to drill it into him, though, if he doesn't get it on his own. It doesn't matter that this is his debut series and it doesn't matter that he's 20. No one should give a s**t, because it's the nation's interest that comes first. We need to start beating better teams more regularly and while his selfishness to get to his hundred might not have hurt us much today (we won't know until the game is over), we will need to build a culture of putting the team first and instill it in newcomers and oldies alike to be able to reach the top, which should be the ultimate goal.
I have to pull you up on this post, you have distorted some facts (his Strike-Rate) whilst also neglecting to mention significant mitigating events in the game (when Mushy and Nasir got out in succession).
You disagree with the point that he slowed down in the 90's and claim that he actually slowed down before that in the 70's/80's to his hundred. You mention he was "scoring at 85+ at one point to looking pathetic, tentative and completely incapable of nudging it around for singles".
Well firstly, he only hit a SR of 85 very briefly going from 50-100 runs, his average SR during this period was more like 80 give or take:-
End of over 19: 42/55= 76
End of over 20: 47/59= 80
End of over 21: 53/62= 85
End of over 23: 56/70= 80
End of over 25: 62/76= 82
End of over 27: 68/83= 82
End of over 29: 73/91= 80
End of over 31: 77/100= 77
End of over 33: 80/106= 75
End of over 35: 86/110= 78
End of over 37: 88/112= 79
End of over 39: 90/115= 78
End of over 41: 93/124= 75
End of over 43: 96/128= 75
End of over 45: 98/133= 74
End of over 47: 100/139= 72
From the above you can see from overs 19-29 his average SR is just above 80, and then this dips to 75 at the end of over 33 but then starts to go up again till the end of over 37 where he is striking just below 80.
Then something significant happens at the end of over 37 which you neglected to mention in your post; At the end of over 37 Mushy is out and then at the end of over 39 Nasir is out, so there ere two quick wickets in succession, and from the above you can see that from this point his SR starts to decrease. Wouldn't you expect that to happen to most batsmen, let alone someone playing only in his 2nd ODI. When a team loses two wickets in succession naturally the batsman at the other end is going to be cautious to prevent a collapse from happening. This is the main reason for Anamul in slowing down, he plays out a maiden from Narine at over 41, just an over after Nasir was out. So in fact I would say he was playing FOR the team rather than himself in trying to prevent a collapse.
From over 44 he is stuck on 98 for a bit but again this is quite natural as he is nearing his hundred however if you want to be uber critical then yes he was a bit selfish FROM THIS POINT where a combination of tight bowling and nerves got to him; it took him 8 balls to get from 98 to his hundred. So out of the 145 balls he played he was selfish for 8 of them, HOW DARE HE!!