• Saturday, November 29, 2014

Reverse Swing

Wasim Akram

When I was coming to Bangladesh I shuddered to think: what if Bangladesh is out in the first round?
I knew they were off colour in their series against Sri Lanka and then in the Asia Cup, so the thought was frightening for me. The buzz from the World Twenty20 will go with the home team.
I know Bangladeshis love cricket, this country is obsessed with the game. They desperately want their team to do well. I also desire that they should do well, not only for the sake of their countrymen but also for the game in general.
But the Tigers really gave everyone a fright before sneaking into the Super 10s. It wasn't the way millions of fans wanted them to go into the next round. But having said that they now have to forget everything and show huge improvement in the real test.
For me Bangladesh's defeat against first-timers Hong Kong is the biggest upset in the World Twenty20.
To start with, Bangladesh batted in a very unprofessional manner. I am all for Bangladesh, all for Shakib Al Hasan but this is not the way to bat. They looked like a club side and from 85-3 in the 11th over I thought they will score 170 plus. But they slumped like a club side, losing seven wickets for 23 just runs!
True, Tamim Iqbal got a very good ball but he should have been prepared for that. No one in an event like this will give you a ball to cut as early as in the first over. To me Tamim is not living up to his potential, not fulfilling his responsibility and his role.
I think Shakib should also have got more than his 34 and Mushfiqur Rahim should also have batted on once he lost Shakib. I am also disappointed the way Nasir Hossain is batting. He is hugely talented but he looked confused. When he was batting with the tail he should have taken the fight to the HK bowlers but he allowed the tail-enders to take the strike which defied sense.
I remember Imran Khan once said that if your tail is throwing wickets then there is a lack of spirit. If this was the case in an important match then it is disappointing.
Now the real question: How will Bangladesh cope with eight big teams? They are in the group of death with the West Indies, Pakistan, India and Australia. They quickly need to regroup.
My advice to them is: Go out and give your best and that is the only way to keep this huge home interest alive in this World Twenty20.

The writer is former Pakistan cricket captain and one of the finest swing bowers and currently a TV commentator and presenter

Published: 12:00 am Friday, March 21, 2014

Last modified: 3:31 am Friday, March 21, 2014

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