PLAYER RATING – BANGLADESH V INDIA – ONLY TEST

The result of the one-off test against India was as expected. India is a dominant force at their turf and Bangladesh did not play a lot of red ball cricket in few years. In fact, this was only their 3rd test in 2 years. Bangladesh did fight hard in this test match but there were quite a few errors on their behalf – which if kept to a minimal could have avoided a defeat – who knows?

Anyway, this is how the players are rated by Green&Red Tigers in the only test played against Bangladesh and India in Hyderabad. 

Tamim Iqbal – 3

Very inefficient in the series. Scored a total of 27 runs only – a lot was expected from an experienced player like him. The pitch was a good surface to bat but he couldn’t utilise it to his benefit. Was a bit unfortunate in the 1st innings with the run-out. He also dropped a simple catch when India was batting in the first innings. To his standards, this was a very poor series.

Soumya Sarkar – 5

Scored 15 runs in the 1st innings and 42 runs in the 2nd. Had decent start in both innings but couldn’t convert it into a big score. This has always been a problem for him. He needs to make full use of his good starts and score big. Was slightly unlucky in the 2nd innings as he was caught superbly by Rahane at slips. 

Momimul Haque – 4

Just like Soumya, he also had decent start in both the innings but couldn’t take advantage of it. As a top order batsmen, his scoring runs is absolutely vital for the team but on this occasion he too failed to provide a dominant performance. 

Mahmudullah – 6

Was surprised to see him picked in the team despite going through a bad run of form. He had a good start in the 1st innings but couldn’t carry on. However, did fight back in the second innings by playing out 149 balls to score 63 runs but it wasn’t enough for Bangladesh as they couldn’t avoid the defeat. 

Shakib Al Hasan – 6.5

Bowled decently in the first innings but wasn’t rewarded. Gave away 143 runs without any purchase. Batted brilliantly in the first innings despite being under huge pressure. Took the Indian bowling apart by playing some aggressive cricket. However, he threw his wicket despite being so comfortable with the bat – scored 82 runs – missing out an opportunity to get another century under his name. 

On the expensive side with the ball in the second innings – understandable as India were playing aggresive to score as many runs as possible. Picked up 2 wickets in the process. Showed promise with the bat again but not enough to save Bangladesh. Had an ‘ok’ series according to his standard.  

Mushfiqur Rahim – 7

Captaincy was a bit dull – as expected. Sloppy in with the gloves behind the stump – missed an easy stumping, to make things worse the batsmen went on to score a 100. However, fought extremely well with the bat and played a captains knock in the first innings. Scored 127 runs in 262 balls – a vital innings in the context of the game.

Showed similar resiliant in the second innings with the bat but threw his wicket by playing a poor shot – something that is usually not assossiated with him when he bats. It was a crucial time of the game as he was building a solid foundation with Mahmudullah. Had he batted a bit longer, the defeat possibly could have been avoided but who knows? 

Sabbir Rahman – 4

Just like the top order batsmen, had good starts but failed to convert. Scored 16 runs in the 1st innings and 22 in the second innings. Dropped a catch as well. A lot more was expected from him.

Mehedi Hasan Miraz – 6

Bowled a huge chunk of overs in the 1st innings giving away 142 runs and picking up 2 wickets. His inexperience was evident at certain part of the game. Fumbled a huge run-out opportunity to get Vijay out, the batsmen ended up scoring a century. Batted extremely well with his captain in the first innings to reach his maiden 50 – a very important innings considering the match situation.

Not a lot with the ball was done but did a decent job in the second innings. With the bat again showed a lot of promise but couldn’t take Bangladesh over the line. 

Taijul Islam – 5

Pick of the bowlers in the first innings. Picked up 3 wickets and could have had more if the fielders weren’t sloppy. Danced a lot while batting but did a decent job by surviving for a bit. Not very sucessful in 2nd innings with the ball or the bat. 

Taskin Ahmed – 5

Bowled with good pace throughout. Still very young in his test career, can learn and have the potential to become a top bowler. Picked up 3 wickets in total in the match.

Kamrul Islam Rabbi – 3 (bonus 1) – 4

Nothing to write about as a bowler. He is also very new to test cricket and surely would come in handy with experience. Much more slingier than Taskin and one would have hoped that he could reverse the ball but wasn’t able to do much. Could have picked up wickets but poor fielding let him down. However, he showed extraordinary reslilent with the bat especially in the second innings – came out with a plan to block anything coming his way. He was unbeaten at the end facing 70 balls scoring 3 runs – lasted nearly 84 minutes – deserved a bonus point for that. 

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