Almost an action replay of the first day of the first Test between Bangladesh and South Africa was noticed in the first day of the second Test as Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and sent South Africa to bat first.
The result was same and Bangladesh bowlers struggled again in a batsmen’s paradise. The only major difference was that Bangladesh reshuffled their bowling attack, retaining only Mustafizur Rahman of their front-line bowlers.
While he was asked about his decision, Mushfiqur Rahim said in the post-match press conference, “It was a very good wicket to bowl on early but our bowlers didn’t capitalise. When they pitched the ball up they were driven down the ground and when they went back (of a length) they were too short. After that they tried hard and bowled well in patches.”
Bangladesh skipper added, “I am not able to motivate my players or guide my bowlers. Our bowlers didn’t capitalise in those conditions. We leaked a lot of runs in the first session. We couldn’t find the right line and length, which hurt us a lot. I think they tried, and at times they bowled well in short spells.”
He then said something which will make everyone surprised, “I think it was my mistake to win the toss. I have been trying to do everything honestly for the last 12 years. But in these last two games it seems it’d been better had I lost the toss. I think it is my personal failure.”
Already without opening batsman Tamim Iqbal because of a thigh injury, Bangladesh suffered another potential injury blow when a rare edge from Markram pitched short of Imrul Kayes at second slip and crashed into his knee.
The incident happened in mid-afternoon and Kayes did not return to the field before the close. Mushfiq said about Imrul’s condition, “His knee was quite swollen. He has been having treatment and hopefully he will be okay tomorrow.”
However, the Bangladesh skipper is not passing a very good time and his decision are similar to some jokes for some supporters. His decision looked funny again when he used 4 bowlers within the first 6 over of the match. In the Potchefstroom Test, Mushfiq brought a spinner in just the sixth over.
Mustafizur bowled the first and third over, paceman Subashish Roy sent down the second and fourth, pace bowler Rubel Hossain bowled the fifth while part-time seamer Soumya Sarkar sent down the sixth.
Mushfiq said, “Mustafizur was out for nine minutes with a niggle on his ankle. I needed to fill in one over so that’s why I used Soumya Sarkar. When he became available, my goal was to give the new ball to the bowler who could best use it. We wanted to bowl the maximum number of balls in the right areas to a new batsman. But that didn’t happen, unfortunately.”
Meanwhile, his another approach will definitely raise many questions and that is sticking to the outfield. He was barely seen talking to any bowler of the team and he looked very disturbed all the time.
Bangladesh Test skipper concluded his press conference by talking about this approach of him as he said, “I want to clear something: I am not a good fielder. The coaches wanted me to field in the deep because they feel I give away runs or drop catches in the in-field. I tried to abide by their
“You have to do what the team management tells you to do. I tried to field in the deep but whenever I was in the in-field, I tried to speak to the bowlers,” Mushfiqur Rahim signed off.