ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 – England beat Bangladesh – No excuses, says Taskin Ahmed

This was Taskin, so the obvious question to raise was: why did the fast bowlers bowl so poorly?

Taskin, who was usually sociable, was depressed from the beginning. And then he looked scared while facing the barrage of questions.

To put things in perspective, Bangladesh had an ordinary start with the ball Against Afghanistan in the first match of the World Cup, too, but he came back well in that game. Here England’s score was 100 in the 16th over, 200 in the 33rd and 298 runs by the end of the 40th over. Shoriful Islam’s three wickets slowed England’s run rate slightly in the final ten overs, but they were always going to post a big score.

Bangladesh have often conceded big scores, but their superior fast bowling unit has given rise to the hope that was there in the past. In the four-year period between the 2019 and 2023 World Cups, they had Second best combined bowling average Among the teams participating in the World Cup. As a result, expectations skyrocketed.

Taskin, considered the leader of the pace attack, is proud of that record. A flurry of questions followed and when Taskin was asked about the fast bowlers not performing well in this game, he said, “We didn’t bowl well,” before answering further questions on the subject.

He told one, “If you consider the performance of two matches after two years of achievement as haphazard, then it is a failure. We will try to perform well in the future.” “That’s what I’m telling you. There’s no point in giving any excuses. We couldn’t bowl well.” Desperation was clearly visible in his voice.

“Different batsmen have different weaknesses – we have to force them to play more good balls.”

Taskin Ahmed

When they were stable, he explained in detail the path to better results.

“We have to be more accurate. Different batsmen have different weaknesses – we have to force them to play more good balls,” he said. “Sometimes we will give away runs but we have to bowl more good balls. We have to execute these plans accordingly. If we can bowl out the opponents on low scores then we will do well.”

“We didn’t bowl as per expectations (in this game), although we were playing mostly in batting-friendly conditions. There was enough space for us to do well. We started poorly, but Shoriful and Mahedi (Hassan) Well of return.”

Hathurusinghe: The execution let us down in this game

In the last match against Afghanistan, Bangladesh took seven wickets for 77 runs on 112 balls bowled outside the off stump.

In the first 37.2 overs against England, Bangladesh did not take any wicket for 108 runs in 83 balls outside the off stump.

However, the plan was to bowl on the stumps, not outside them.

“The plan was not to bowl outside the stumps; the plan was to bowl on the stumps,” the coach said. Chandika Hathurusinghe Said. “I think the execution let us down in this game especially. In the last game, we came back later with the help of the spinners. In this game, what happened was that our spinners performed well and helped us in the game. Couldn’t bring it back. Intelligent batting.”

Taskin said that as much as the bowlers will try their best to restrict runs, it is important for the batsmen to try to chase a score of over 300 in mostly batting-friendly conditions.

He said, “Most of the wickets in India will be batting friendly. Our batsmen will have to be ready to chase scores of more than 300, but as bowlers we will also have to think about keeping the opposition below 300. ” “It will happen sometimes but we have to be prepared for both situations.”

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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