The mentor of star cricketers like Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Salahuddin accounts the lack of application as the main reason of failure in Bangladesh’s tour to South Africa.
In his explanation, Salahuddin said, “It is lame to give excuse of conditions. Condition is not that adverse. The main trouble has been in application. Wicket was never been inimical for batting. There is no intense speed, dangerous bounce or swing.”
He further said, “One aspect is noticeable from this sort of wicket that spinners are not getting any assistance. It is essential to make a good and timely application of ability in the field. The team’s performance would not be so dull if application was timely.”
Waiting for Shakib to make a turn around, Salahuddin said, “Shakib Al Hasan is the pillar of middle order. A big innings from him is a matter of time now. I think in the second ODI, we had the opportunity to win the match up to 25th over when we lost several wickets too quickly in the middle.”
“If middle order batsmen could hold the match, the lower middle order would need 8 to 10 runs per over which was not impossible at all,” he said.
Ahead of the third and final encounter of the series, Salahuddin also feels that fast bowlers need to be more active now; “We should stick to bowl in the right channel not thinking what their batsmen doing or not. This is the most important thing to do now.”