Hathurusingha acknowledges Bangladesh's major top-order woes.

Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha expressed concern about the team’s top-order performance and emphasized patience with the new opening pair. Litton Kumar Das and Tanzid Hasan Tamim replaced the unavailable Tamim Iqbal but struggled in the World Cup, posting only 19 runs against Afghanistan and 14 runs against England. This lackluster start hurt the team, particularly in a match where they played with six bowlers.

Hathurusingha acknowledged the problem, stating, If you don’t get a start, if you lose more than three wickets early in the Powerplay, you’re not winning many matches. So definitely it’s a concern. We need our top-order to perform even when we play seven batters.

He pointed out that despite recent failures, Litton and Tanzid had shown promise in practice matches, and the team needed to be patient with Tanzid, a newcomer to international cricket.

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Hathurusingha also expressed disappointment with the bowling unit’s performance against England, noting that they didn’t execute their plans effectively. He defended the decision to bowl first in the match, citing favorable conditions, but acknowledged that the bowlers struggled with their lengths and lines. He praised Shoriful for his bravery under pressure but stressed the importance of early wickets to change the game’s narrative.

Regarding the execution of the bowling plan, Hathurusingha highlighted the need to focus on bowling at the stumps, which the team failed to do in the game. He mentioned that the spinners couldn’t turn the tide in their favor due to the opposition’s smart batting.

Bangladesh’s head coach recognized the challenges faced by the top-order and called for patience, while also urging the bowling unit to improve execution and adapt to the conditions effectively.




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