Mushfiqur Rahim has blamed the bowlers for poor performance in the first Test against South Africa in Potchefstroom. Bangladesh bowlers were pretty ordinary in the series opener. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বোলারদের নিয়ে মুশফিকের যতো অভিযোগ]
Bangladesh gave 496 runs for three wickets in the first innings with two of them being taken by the bowlers. Tigers skipper was so disappointed that he did even say at the post-match press conference that he could’ve bowled two balls at the right place in an over.
“You can say that we should have batted first on a flat wicket but I didn’t believe our bowlers couldn’t bowl on a flat wicket. At least they could have bowled in the right line and length, if not taking wickets. This skill gets you to play for the national team. Even I could have bowled two balls out of six in the right place. The bowlers disappointed me a lot in the first innings. A team benefits if you can at least contain the runs when you can’t take the wickets,” he explained.
Bangladesh bowlers continue to have Bradman-type averages in Tests. Mushfiqur is disappointed at the seam bowlers’ performances in Tests in recent times.
“How long will we keep giving this excuse? If they don’t play well, they would be playing five or 10 Tests in 10 years. We have to find an alternative if they are not doing well. One has to develop these skills individually. I don’t think anyone can teach you these things.
“Our bowling unit hasn’t improved like our batting has over the last five years. They must have the hunger to do well. They can, at least, bowl in the right areas; forget about swinging the ball both ways. You don’t need a coach to help you if you want to do it yourself. You represent your country to bowl five out of six balls in the right place. We have a lot to learn as a bowling unit and for that the bowlers need to show the passion,” he added.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com