The Fatullah test against Australia in 2006 and the Multan test against Pakistan in 2003 are the biggest names of Bangladesh’s cramps. Like that, the Dhaka test against South Africa in 2008 will be also remembered as a disappointment.
If the batsmen could do well in 2008, Bangladesh might have got their first test win against South Africa. The tigers set a lead of 22 runs by just getting 192 runs in that match.
Right-arm fast bowler, Shahadat Hossain was the main architect of getting that lead against the Proteas. He knocked out six South South African batsman by conceding only 27 runs.
After 9 long years, former national team’s player walked down to the memory lane with poriborton.com. He said about that match, “Only if we had a batting line-up like today!”
Shahadat was not only the best bowler in the 1st innings, but also the best in the 2nd innings. He grabbed the 3 out of 5 wickets. He could have achieved the 10 wicket in a match if they got a bigger lead. But the disaster in batting department destroyed it all.
Shahadat said, “I still remember that we lost because of our batting. We couldn’t score big in the 2nd innings. We scored only 180 runs (actually 182). If we had the current batting line-up in that time, we would have won the match for sure.”
However, after watching the 1st innings of Bangladesh in that match, no one thought that they could even compete well. Batsmen like Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Mark Boucher and Jack Kallis were in that South African team.
After a small first innings total of 192 runs, Shahadat started brilliantly with picking up Smith’s wicket in the fourth over. Then, the Tigers started to roar and took all the wickets of South Africa within 170 runs.
While reminiscing about that match Shahadat said, “I used to get swing from older ball but I got wicket by new ball in that day. I bowled Smith in the beginning and that dismissal made me confident. Later on, when I got the wicket of Neil McKenzie, I realized that I was going to do something brilliant that day.”
He added, “I was always confident about doing well with the older ball and I did it perfectly. The batsmen could have done a lot better in that match.”
Shahadat Hossain concluded, “We tried hard. Bangladesh was in the bottom. We were not used to play both the innings in most of the matches. Our batting was not up to the mark at that moment. However, we performed well in that match.”
Written By: Hizbur Rabbi Turash and Salimul Fattah.