Mahmudullah mourns lack of application against pace
In absence of premier performers like Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh fated back to back innings defeats against New Zealand in the first two matches of the series. Mahmudullah Riyad is leading the side in the Test series.
In both occasions, and as ever before, batsmen let Bangladesh down in the longest format of the game. having lack of applications against quality pace bowling, the touring batsmen failed to overlap even 400 hundreds comprising two innings.
Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah Riyad, scoring highest 67 runs in the second innings, said fluctuation of decision making drowned the batsmen.
“We have to bat with more guts for longer periods. A number of our batsmen are playing half hearted shots, or we are not committed. We are in two minds whether to play a shot or not. You need to back yourself. If you want to attack, you should know how you want to cope with their bouncer theory,”
“They will probably have a fast wicket in Christchurch, so our batsmen have to be more responsible, particularly with three new bowlers in the side. I think it is the batsmen who should take more of the blame. We were bowled out twice inside two-and-a-half days,” Riyad said.
Mahmudullah poured full credit to Wagner, the left arm paceman claimed 9 wickets in the match including a fifer in the second innings.
The Bangladesh captain said, “Wagner had to pitch it really short in Hamilton while here he got bounce from a length slightly further up. It was easier to play or leave in Hamilton. Here there was a bit more in the pitch. He made use of it. He was successful to his credit.”
Mahmudullah, however, believes Bangladesh batsmen have capabilities of handling short balls which they could not utilize in the actual situation.
“We knew about him from the last time we were here. Now we are talking a lot about the Wagner factor. There was certainly help in the pitches for both sets of pace bowlers but we couldn’t utilize it as well as they did. I believe that our batsmen have the skill level to handle their short-ball tactics,” he said.