22 February 2008

Thunder in a beer can

In a sense, it is great, and bodes well for the future of cricket that Mohammed Ashraful has not reflected too much on his own batting, despite captaincy and the general inconsistency of the batting order. On a day that saw fourteen wickets fall, he made 34 from 27 balls. I did not watch it, but I am sure he felt really stupid getting caught and bowled by Botha.

4 comments:

Naked Cricket said...

Read the score sheet too; could picture Ashraful charging down, beaten in flight, still gng thru with the shot, scooping it straight to Botha, simple C&B. Btw Neo Sports is showing, game on. Be grt if B'desh and do SAF in.

Jrod said...

I think we would all feel stupid going out to Botha.

Mark my words this ashraful will be remembered in history.

Biplob Kishore Deb said...

Ashraful is full of potential and he is now experienced after playing so many matches. It is really shocking to see a batsman performing inconsistently despite being a talented performer. I do not think that captaincy has come to him as a burden; he was not consistent even before taking over captaincy. What seems to be problematic is that Bangladeshi cricketers are being beaten psychologically. You can see Ashraful starts to play well, but suddenly gets out unnecessarily, sometimes in an ordinary delivery. They need to get over this problem.

John said...

Thank you, Biplob. It is a point made often that for the minnow teams, it is often the batting that takes time to come up to scratch. While the bowling and fielding may come close to world class, the batting can only become better with sustained exposure to high-quality bowling.