Bangladesh’s performance in India was short and the performance of the visitors was not up to the mark. They scored as many 638 runs in the match which is their highest match total against India to fight back on the final day, but the Indian spin duet, Ashwin and Jadeja, showed their experience and skill at such conditions and led India victorious in extended Tea session on the last day.

Were those efforts good enough to challenge India in their own backyard? Is Bangladesh ready to face overseas conditions? What was their weakness that caused them another defeat?

Let’s have a look at some of the major concerns which they need to think and improve.

Mushfiqur’s overseas captaincy and keeping skills

For the last couple of years, Mushfiqur Rahim’s captaincy and wicketkeeping skills have not been satisfactory. As a captain, he is very defensive while as a wicketkeeper, he has been shoddy. But as a batsman, he has lived up to the expectations of the critics and fans and one might discover a far better batsman if he is set free from the burden of captaincy and keeping duties. Bangladesh need to see whether they have a better option for Mushfiq’s captaincy and keeping duties. If it’s not available, Mushfiq needs to work on his weaknesses a lot.

Failed top order

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After Imrul Kayes’ ruling out from the tour due injury, new opener Soumya Sarkar partnered with the most experienced opener Tamim Iqbal.  It was expected to provide a good start for the Tigers, but it didn’t happen. In Test cricket, if your opening pair is good enough to give you a steady start, then the rest of the batsmen are free to play their natural game. The problem persists for Bangladesh here from their top orders. None of their top-three batsmen scored fifty in the match, also they involved in only one fifty partnership.

First Innings Second Innings
Tamim Iqbal 24 (53) Tamim Iqbal 3 (11)
Soumya Sarkar 15 (31) Soumya Sarkar 42 (66)
Mominul Haque 12 (36) Mominul Haque 27 (63)

Runs scored by top-three batsmen

First Innings Second Innings
Soumya-Tamim 38 (68) Tamim-Soumya 11 (32)
Tamim-Mominul 6 (32) Soumya-Mominul 60 (100)
Mominul-Mahmudullah 20 (45) Mominul-Mahmudullah 4 (13)

Partnership involved top-three batsmen

Weak bowling attack

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Bangladesh bowlers were helpless in both the innings, especially in the first innings. They failed to bowl out India in either innings and the result India managed to score more than 4 runs in an over in the first innings and almost five and a half runs per over in the second innings. In the first innings, five bowlers conceded more than hundred runs, another worst record for the team. Their pacers conceded more than five runs an over in the first innings and that helped India to build massive total.

Bowler Overs Maiden Runs Wickets Economy
Mehedi Hasan Miraz 42 0 165 2 3.92
Taijul Islam 47 6 156 3 3.31
Taskin Ahmed 25 2 127 1 5.08
Shakib Al Hasan 24 4 104 0 4.33
Kamrul Rabbi 19 1 100 0 5.26

Bowling performance in first innings

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