KOLKATA, Nov 22, 2019 (BSS) – Bangladesh selector Habibul Bashar Sumon was saddened, watching the batsmen’s meek surrender against the Indian pacers once again.
Bashar, who came here the invitation of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and facilitated by them being the members of Bangladesh’s inaugural Test team, said such sort of slow movement against the pace is not acceptable at this level.
Indian seamers ran havoc against their Bangladeshi counterpart to bundle them out for 106 in their first innings when the two sides met in the historic day-night Test match.
There was lot of speculation regarding the behavior of the pink ball as member of both sides were playing pink ball cricket for the first time.
However, apart from following the basic and bowling with considerable amount of pace there was nothing much that the Indian seam bowlers did and it was enough to ran over their batting unit.
Bangladesh found themselves in deep trouble as they lost four early wickets within the first hour of the opening day of their first ever day-night Test against India.
Indian pacer Umesh Yadav claimed two wickets while Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami took one wicket each as they reduced the visitors to 26-4 in the 11.5 overs over after Mominul Haque opted to bat first.
Opener Imrul Kayes was the first man to be dismissed as Ishant trapped him in front after making four runs in the seventh over of their innings.
Imrul, who survived a caught behind review call of Ishant in the same over, was dismissed just two balls later.
Umesh then dismissed Mominul Haque (0) and Mohammad Mithun (0) in between three deliveries before Shami joined in the act by uprooting the stumps of Mushfiqur Rahim (0).
Ishant finally ended with 5-22, while Umesh claimed 3-29. Shami played his part with 2-36.
“I think they are beaten by the pace. I think our batsmen’s movement was quite slow against raw pace in this kind of wicket,” Habibul Bashar said here on Friday.
“You can see the way our first four batsmen got out. It simply showed that they just could not react as per requirements. It is an area of concern,” he said.
“Surely it is technical thing and we need to work out this aspect of the game,” he said.
“I don’t think pink ball is the major concern and what I personally feel is that batsmen should not have big problem seeing the ball.”
Bashar feels that if there is technical problem it will be exposed everywhere.
“Batting first is not a problem because if you are unable to bat than that would be the case with the second innings also,” he added. “I think they have the lack of confidence and probably that is the reason they are making similar mistakes,”‘ he said.
The only batsman who looked to be at ease against the pacers was Liton Kumar Das but unfortunately he could not stay long as he was retired hurt after being hit by his forehead.