Bangladesh ended the New Zealand tour on a sorry note. Bangladesh played 8 international games including 3 ODI, 3 T20Is and 2 Tests, but each time, New Zealand proved too good for the visitors. Overall, it was a disastrous tour for Bangladesh.
After defeating England at home in October 2016 for the first time in their Test history, Bangladesh were over the moon. Mehedi Hasan Miraz, a young sensation they found and there were nearly two months break to prepare for a major away tour, New Zealand, but what happened in that tour was something Bangladesh cricket and their fans would never wish to recall.
Yes, it was one of the worst tours for Bangladesh in recent years, especially since the ICC World Cup 2015. Though the contest in limited-over formats were not so close as expected, but they put the home team under pressure in five-day matches. Let’s have a look at their performance on the tour and what they should do to avoid such heavy defeats in overseas game.
The bad habit of collapsing time and again
The habit collapsing persisted against England as well. It was expected, this problem would be sorted out, but it wasn’t. If you check their heaviest defeats in Test history, the major culprit had been their prone to collapse. It gave Bangladesh enough heartaches in New Zealand as well and in the first Test, they were bundled out within hundred runs as another defeat showed up even after taking the lead in the first innings. It was also a record when a team scores more runs and ended in defeat. The story continues in second Test also when 8 wickets fell within hundred runs.
|Test||Inning||Wkt start||Bowled Out||Difference|
|2nd Test||2nd Innings||3-73||10-173||7-100|
If we talk about the first Test, it was their highest total – second best total in Tests and this highest total ended in a losing cause. Their mainstream players Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim performed outstandingly, but their efforts went in vain.
Injuries at the wrong time and lack of ideal replacements
Bangladesh suffered a big blow when players like Mushfiqur Rahim, Imrul Kayes and Mominul Haque were injured in the first Test, but there were no ideal replacements for these three, and thus, the outcome was not a chummy one.
In the second Test, the Bangladesh fielding was very poor and dropped some dollies which allowed the opposition to settle down and stretch the lead. It happened in the first Test as well. Moreover, while chasing a ball, the lack of energy among the fielders was evident and it aided in adding extra runs or two.
Weak bowling attack
Since, the last couple of years, Bangladesh have improved their bowling skill in all formats, especially, in limited-overs format. But in New Zealand, Bangladesh’ wicket taking options failed to live up to the expectations.
Below stats will tell you why it was bowling attack cause defeats in all three series.
In ODI series
|Shakib Al Hasan||3||3||169||5||33.8||6.03|
In T20I series
|Shakib Al Hasan||3||3||0||84||2||42||7|
In Test series
|Shakib Al Hasan||2||4||53.4||3||186||6||31||3.46|
|Kamrul Islam Rabbi||2||4||55||8||217||6||36.16||3.94|
|Mehedi Hasan Miraz||2||4||73.4||8||268||4||67||3.63|
What should Bangladesh do?
Bangladesh have some important series coming up against teams like India, Sri Lanka and South Africa and if they wish to create an impact in the upcoming series, they must dig deep and improve to a greater extent.
1. They need to learn how to arrest such collapses. Rather than playing too many shots, they need to understand the importance of staying at the crease and rotation of strike.
2. Improve the domestic infrastructure and prepare tough tracks to improve the skill and temperament of batsmen.
3. Improvement of physical fitness to maintain the same energy and stamina throughout the five days.
4. Bangladesh need to improve the mindset and it should be tough. Until and unless, the temperament is not like a street fighter, it’s always difficult to resist against the fury of a pace bowler on bowling-friendly tracks.