Mahmudullah ideally suited for one-down slot, says Saqlain Mushtaq
It was a real sight of relief for Bangladesh to achieve a point by the abandonment of their match against Australia and henceforth stay in the ICC Champions Trophy hunt. Heavy rain at the Oval was a blessing in disguise for the devastated Tigers as the unfortunate & denied Australia looked ease at their cruising till the interruption of play.
From the disastrously collapsed batting card of Bangladesh, only Tamim Iqbal stood tall as the lone warrior & struck a broadly applauded 95. But apart from Tamim, no other batsmen could able to withstand to Australia’s revitalized bowling attack.
Former Pakistan off-break terror Saqlain Mushtaq explores the pathetic batting downfall of Bangladesh. He also happens to be an acknowledged former spin bowling coach of Bangladesh. He feels Mahmudullah Riyad to be the substantial best batsman to bat for Bangladesh at number 3.
Saqlain dictates to replace Imrul Kayes from the slot with Mahmudullah. In one of Pakistan’s sports talk show Saqlain put up, ”Mere khayaal se Imrul Kayes k badle mein 3 number par Mahmudullah Riyad ko bat karne bhejne ki zyada ehtiyaz hai. Weh Bangladesh batting line-up k ek mashhoor ballebaaz thairte jo hai (Mahmudullah should be promoted up the order to bat at number 3 instead of Imrul. To me he is a classic unsung hero of the Bangladesh batting). I wonder why the team management is making him stick down as low as number 7 in the order. Moreover, being a effective handy bowler he is not being even asked to deliver a single over.”
”Unhe agar zimmedaari nibhaane se inkaar kiya jaaye tab unhe team pe shaamil rakhna kis baat k liye? Zara sochiye, pichhhle vishwa cup par unhone do lagatar shaandaar shatak bana kar apni arzmand ki khaasiyat kaise pesh kiye thay (What’s the profit behind making Mahmudullah feature in the playing XI, while he is derived from his on-field platforms of establishing capable meritocracy ? Recollect how he struck back to back flawless centuries in ICC World Cup 2015). He have the centuries in ODI career by batting at position 3 as well. Imrul’s failure at the slot makes Mahmudullah to be the perfect choice of replacement.”
To match the equation as per the criteria to win a spot at the semis, Bangladesh undoubtedly will have to be at their best possible comeback outing and beat New Zealand on a note of compulsion.
Their fate would also rely on the match between Australia & England, where England’s glory will be beneficial to Bangladesh. The Bangla Tigers will face the Kiwis in the do or die combat on the 9th June, Friday at 15:30 BST & 15:00 IST onwards.
After the prayers demanding the rain as a rescuer went successful against Australia, similarly the nation of passionate cricket fans yet again whole-heartedly awaits a successful prayer anticipating the Bangla Tigers’ annihilation over New Zealand.
At their last face-off, Bangladesh got hold of the better of New Zealand, which certainly would be a confidence gear for the Tigers.