Mushfiqur’s absence made the difference in ODIs and T20Is: Taylor

New Zealand’s seasoned batsman Ross Taylor couldn’t play in the ODI series due to an operation in his eye, and was axed from the T20 squad. But he is back in the Test squad and getting chance to watch the new-look Bangladesh team closely. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ মুশফিকের অনুপস্থিতই ওয়ানডে-টি-টোয়েন্টিতে পার্থক্য গড়ে দিয়েছে]


From Taylor’s own point of view, Bangladesh as a team isn’t as bad as they looked in the limited-overs formats. According to him, Mushfiqur Rahim’s absence made the difference, and if the Bangladesh Test skipper had played in all the ODIs and T20Is, the outcome of both the series could have been completely. After sustaining a hamstring injury in the first ODI, Mushfiqur missed two ODIs and three T20Is that followed.

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“So far Bangladesh have been very good. I don’t think they have yet got enough match playing opportunities to become experienced in overseas conditions. Still the performance they are putting on is praiseworthy. The more they play outside their country, the better they will become,” said Taylor in a press conference on Saturday.

“The one-day and Twenty20 series was a lot closer than it looked. They were missing the skipper [Mushfiqur] and he’s showed the class he has in the middle order. The team rely heavily on him and if he had been batting in some of those situations during those one-dayers and T20s it could have been a different story.

“Shakib has been world class for a while and the young spinner [the 19-year-old Mehedi Hasan] did well. We didn’t expect him to open today. This is not an easy place to come and bowl. He went under the run rate of most of the bowlers. It all bodes well for Bangladesh cricket. Their quick bowlers would have enjoyed those conditions,” added Taylor.

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent,

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