Thursday, February 18, 2010

Slow down son

Meanwhile, down in New Zealand (more precisely at Seddon Park, Hamilton), Bangladesh are chasing 404 to win, and while that target is pretty unlikely, it gets even more so, when you see the following (in the sixth over of the innings):

5.3 Vettori to Tamim Iqbal, SIX, using his feet and smashes it over long on

5.4 Vettori to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, dances down the wicket again but can't get to the pitch and skies it long off. Tuffey takes a very important catch running backwards above his head

(And in the fourth over of the innings, Iqbal had hit four fours in a row off Southee). What was he trying to do? Score all 400 runs by himself within 50 overs? This sort of kamikaze batting is a depressingly common aspect of Bangladesh's game. I'm not quite sure whats required to rewire the neural pathways of their top order. (Respect where its due; they did manage a very decent 408 in the first innings).

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Thiru Cumaran said...

Samir, I'd have to differ with you on this 'un. Tamim seems to be more like Viru....when he get's going, he scores good, or else he implodes early. Sehwag took some time before he became consistent at it and, looking at how mature Tamim is at such a young age, I feel that it's just a matter of a couple of years when he becomes the guy who entertains us in Test Cricket if and when Viru retires! :)

However, the other batsmen could've done better and played more sensibly and kept wickets for tomorrow. Pity that numbers 2-5 are really bad! :(

8:16 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Thiru: A beg to differ right back atcha :) Sehwag scored a very, very composed ton on debut in South Africa, in a tight situation. He always had the nous. His most thunderous innings came later, as he developed his skills and confidence. Tamim is flailing right now, still trying to transfer his ODI mindset to tests. I like the guy - his innings against India in the 2007 WC was a beauty - but man, he needs to screw his head on a bit tighter.

8:53 AM  

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