Shakib Al Hasan believes Bangladesh have to develop a Test culture in order to be a competitive side in the format. He made this comment after Bangladesh's humbling 10-wicket loss to the West Indies on Monday (June 27) in St. Lucia. The visiting team suffered a 2-0 defeat in the BAN vs WI Test Series 2022. The performances of Bangladeshi players in the series are discussed in this article.
Bangladesh vs West Indies Test Series 2022: Performance of Bangladeshi players
Bangladesh failed to create a winning situation in any of the two matches of the BAN vs WI Test Series 2022. The batters' depressing batting displays were a big factor in their failure. Let's take a look at how Bangladesh's players performed in the just-concluded Test series against West Indies.
Batting (Top Order)
Tamim Iqbal was expected to play the anchor role for the team. However, he fell short of expectations in all four innings, with his highest 46-run knock coming in the first innings of the second Test. Tamim had a nice start in three innings but couldn't convert any of those to a big one. His opening partner, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, played a good 42-run knock in the second innings of the first Test.
Apart from that, Joy was a complete flop in the series. At no.3, Najmul Hossain Shanto had a start like Tamim Iqbal, but he too failed to convert his good start to a big innings. Shanto's best 42-run knock in the series came in the second innings of the second Test.
Bangladesh's top-order batting performance
Tamim Iqbal: Innings 4, Runs 101, HS 46, Ave 25.25, Fifty 0
Najmul Hossain Shanto: Innings 4, Runs 85, HS 42, Ave 21.25, Fifty 0
Mahmudul Hasan Joy: Innings 4, Runs 65, HS 42, Ave 16.25, Fifty 0
Shakib Al Hasan played two important knocks in the middle-orders in the first Test, which helped Bangladesh to avoid an innings defeat. Shakib's 51 runs helped Bangladesh score 100 in the first innings and his 63 runs guided the tigers to take a lead in the second innings of the first Test. Shakib didn't do much with the bat in the second Test.
Wicket-keeper batter Nurul Hasan made a 100-run stand with Shakib in the second innings of the first Test, which was the major highlight of Bangladesh's batting in the series. Nurul played a patient 64-run knock. He also played an aggressive 60-run knock in the second innings of the second match, which helped Bangladesh avoid an innings defeat.
In-form, Litton Das only made a half-century in the first innings of the second Test. Anamul Haque and Mominul Haque played a match each, and they didn't do much in the series.
Bangladesh's middle-order batting performance (Top 3)
Shakib Al Hasan: Innings 4, Runs 138 HS 63, Ave 34.50, Fifty 2
Nurul Hasan Sohan: Innings 4, Runs 131, HS 63, Ave 43.66, Fifty 2
Litton Das: Innings 4, Runs 111, HS 53, Ave 25.25, Fifty 1
Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz were the only two spinners used by Bangladesh in the BAN vs WI Test Series 2022. Mehidy Miraz had a good outing in the series. He picked up 7 wickets in 4 innings with an average of 22.85. Miraz's best bowling figure in the series was 4/59. On the other hand, Shakib Al Hasan had a relatively quiet series with the ball, picking only one wicket in three innings.
Bowling (Fast Bowler)
Pacer Khaled Ahmed surprised all the Bangladesh cricket fans by showing a wonderful performance with the ball. Khaled picked up his first five-wicket haul in the second innings of the second Test. Overall, he was the third highest wicket-taker in the series.
On the other hand, Ebadot Hossain was more economical than Khaled, but he only picked up two wickets in the series. Mustafizur Rahman played the first match and was the most economical bowler of the series. Shoriful Islam replaced him in the second Test and picked up two wickets.
Bangladesh's pacers bowling performance (Top 3)
Khaled Ahmed: Innings 4, Wickets 10, BBI 5/106, Ave 19.60, Five Wickets 1
Mehidy Hasan Miraz: Innings 3, Wickets 7, BBI 4/59, Ave 22.85, Five Wickets 0
Ebadot Hossain: Innings 4, Wickets 2, BBI 2/65, Ave 80.00, Five Wickets 0
Bangladesh's ground fielding was good in the series. However, the players need to improve their catching skills since several catches were dropped in the series. Wicket-keeper Nurul Hasan Sohan performed well behind the stumps.
Bangladesh's bowling performance was quite impressive in the BAN vs WI Test Series 2022. However, their overall batting performance in the series was somewhat counterproductive. Players didn't seem to have the self-belief, technical prowess, or perseverance which are essential to stay for a long time at the crease and play big innings. The BCB must take the necessary steps to ensure that the batters are equipped for the Test format in any conditions. Bangladesh have already lost six of the eight games they have played so far in 2022. They will host India for two more Test matches in November of this year.
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