DHAKA – The bowlers’ performance in the ongoing BCB President’s Cup was encouraging, specially when it was predicted that they would feel rust because of the Covid-19 that left them stranded at home for much of the time in the last seven months.
While the batsmen though could do some batting practice during the lockdown, there was no room for bowlers to bowl with full run up.
Even though the slow nature of the pitch in tournament at the first leg aided the bowlers, their overall performance pleased the team management, said chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu.
“The bowlers’ performance in the ongoing BCB President’s Cup was encouraging,” Nannu told the reporters here today.
“The bowlers seemed to execute the plan well even though they were aided by the slow nature of the wicket. Bowlers intention was clear as they wanted to dominate the batsman. And they showed no rust.”
Comparatively the batsmen looked out of sort and jaded and their performance sparked a huge criticism.
Despite the pitch was not so conducive for batting, most of the batsmen got dismissed by playing forced shot.
The nature of the pitch was such that anyone couldn’t just survive here by playing big shots, which is what the batsmen did in the first leg of the tournament.
In the second leg however, the pitch looked a bit easy and batsmen got back amongst runs. While Mushfiqur Rahim struck a century and half-century in the consecutive two matches, young Afif Hossain played a 98-run knock.
Minhajul Abedin Nannu said the batsmen’s form now is also a good sign.
“With the pitch getting easier to bat, the batsmen got back amongst runs. Some batsmen played some good innings, which is good sign and I think the batsman will also show their stature as the time progresses,” he added.BSS