Bangladesh being in the rise, play lesser amount of matches in all three formats of the game than most of their top ranked opponents. While breezing the level of performances across formats, Bangladesh, up to now, are to show any significant success in the latest addition of the game, the T20s.
Before facing South Africa in the second and last T20I of the series, Tiger T20I skipper Shakib Al Hasan figured out how difficult it is to play well in this level of competition with less exposure to the game although, at the same time, refused to show this as an excuse of failure.
He said, “When you come to play all of a sudden, everything seem like to be the first at first sight. Then gradually you get habituated. But once we become acquainted, there lies a gap of six months or so. It is difficult to cope with.”
“No countries except a few arrange a T20I series of three matches. Most of the time it comprise of two matches or so. Of course, the more you play the more you will do well. But these are not excuses really. We have to perform well, win matches whenever we get the chance to play,” he said.
Bangladesh lost the first T20I match by 20 runs; the chase down of the visitors watched 45 dot balls which was quite uncharacteristic in this format.
Shakib said, “There are discussions about these things. Generally in T20 cricket, the range of dot balls prevailing in an innings is 30 to 40. I think it is okay to leeway up to 35 deliveries in a T20 match.”
“We will try to restrict the non-scoring balls as low as possible especially in first six overs and some in the middle overs. If batsmen can rotate the strike along with hitting big shots, it would ease the pressure upon batsmen in both ends as well as sweep the run scoring high,” Shakib said.
Being a little bit more careful could bring the coveted victory for Bangladesh in the first T20I match against South Africa, thinks Shakib.
He said, “If we could be a bit more responsible in that occasion, the match would be much closer, we could win even. In that situation, all we needed was to score without losing a wicket in at least four to five overs in the innings.”
“Scoring runs is a matter of risk and I think the trouble also lies in that. But we need to balance in between these two. As it is T20 game, you have to take risk to score runs at the same time hold the wicket also. To me, it is possible to draw good end results if all these are balanced among ourselves,” Bangladesh skipper added.