Bangladesh’s winless streak this year, now extended to 11 by the three-wicket loss to West Indies, is mainly the creation of mediocre decision-making on and off the field, leading to carelessness and insecurity, says Mohammad Isan a Bangladeshi journalist.
Isan said that after the first ODI, the talk was mostly about how the batsmen left the job for each other and only one of them stuck to it, and how the bowlers couldn’t finish things off after a fantastic start.
He told Crikinfo the batting story isn’t a new one, as Bangladeshi batsmen have developed a habit of making an early impression and then giving it away.
He said the bowlers were just one wicket away from effectively clinching the game, but Denesh Ramdin and Kieron Pollard never gave them a chance. And he added that What also didn’t help the bowlers was the general defensive approach, coming from captain Mushfiqur Rahim and the bowlers themselves.
Isan explained when the wickets kept falling, Mushfiqur hardly moved anyone into a catching position. He noted that Chris Gayle was caught at third-man, Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo were caught by the wicketkeeper and Kirk Edwards was bowled trying to slog.
On Dwayne Bravo’s dismissal – caught at deep square-leg – the journalist said it seemed to be part of a plan that Mushfiqur had concocted, but he thought it was the more the batsman’s impetuousness and the momentum at that stage which resulted in that wicket.
Isan said when West Indies went down to 34 for 5, it was expected that someone among the captain or the bowlers, one of whom is a former captain, would bring in the fielders to try get the sixth wicket quickly – particularly as it was the last recognised batting pair.
But he noted that as has been the case since January, the trouble isn’t just on the field. He pointed to Selection as a regular issue that has often made the playing XI look lop-sided, as it was in the first ODI.
The teams meet in the second one-dayer on Friday in Grenada.