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06:35 PM, November 09, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:39 PM, November 09, 2019

‘Don’t think we can ever have big hitters like West Indies and England’

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said that the physical traits of a typical Bangladeshi player do not allow them to be a big hitter like the players of England and West Indies.

The Tigers were restricted to a below-par score in Rajkot during their eight-wicket defeat at the hands of the hosts India last Thursday. Bangladesh scored 54 runs in the first six overs without any loss but went on to lose momentum in the middle and could only manage 153 for six on a pitch that best suited batsmen.

“I don’t think we are ever going to be a West Indian or England type of batting line-up with guys who can get the ball out of the ground. Just physically we are not that type of team.” said Domingo in Nagpur today.  

The South African however said that the team are concentrating on their strengths and trying to learn from their mistakes.

“Afif, Mosaddek and Liton are small boys, but we are trying to use the pace, running hard between the wickets, getting gaps, picking up twos; six twos in an over is as good as two sixes. We are working on our other strengths. Just a couple of games ago, Afif and Mosaddek took us home against Zimbabwe after we ran into big trouble. But that’s the nature of T20 cricket. It is very hard to do it every single game. Sometimes we come to bat with two overs to spare, sometimes there are eight overs remaining. I think No 6 and 7 are the hardest position in a T20 batting line-up.” said Domingo.

Domingo also mentioned that the decision making from the players need to improve and that the players who get a start must try and convert them to big scores.

“Mushfiqur got the big score in the first game, so we won. Rohit got the big score so they won the second game. We get to the thirties, we need someone to get into 70s or 80s. They are not trying to get out. They are just making bad decisions in crucial stages of the innings. I don’t think it is a technical thing. It might be the decision making at crucial stages that they need to improve.”

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