Pan vs New Zealand – 2nd Test – Hathurusinghe in Shantou: “He was respected, he demanded standards” – LSB

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A high-energy group led by a proactive leader. Experienced cricketers bring together important partnerships. A mature bowler grows stronger tactically. These are the ingredients that Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusinghe found in the Sylhet Test and wants to work on moving forward. He said last month that his real work begins after the World Cup, and that beating New Zealand in 150 overs is the best possible start.

Hathurusinghe pointed to the intensity shown by Bangladesh in Sylhet, which he believes came from many players playing domestic cricket in the run-up to the Test series. The more freedom players have, the better they become, he said.

“He is young [team] “In terms of experience but they are really good in terms of skills,” Hathurusinghe said. “When they’re given the freedom to play, it’s the way they normally play in the NFL [National Cricket League]They are playing well. This is a good advertisement for our local cricket. Seven players from that XI played domestic cricket. You can see their energy on the field until the fifth day. It’s not about the result. It can vary in cricket. They were still there when the opposition had long partnerships. These are little signs that I look for. The young team gave everything they had. the message [to the players] It is to do the same.”

Hathurusinghe felt Najim Hussain Shanto led the team well in Sylhet, showing the sign of a future leader. He believes Shanto should be a strong contender to be Bangladesh’s full-time captain.

“Captainship and leadership are two things,” Hathurusinghe said. “He was an excellent captain. He was on his toes tactically. He was one step ahead most of the time. His presence on the pitch was also impressive. At times he was unorthodox, but very effective.”

“His leadership was excellent. He led from the front with his performance. He commanded respect and demanded standards. I think he has a long future ahead of him. The decision to appoint him as captain is the board’s decision. They will make it.” Decision when the time is right. Absolutely [a strong contender]”.

Bangladesh’s institution in Sylhet was the batting partnerships that included Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haq. It took the game away from the visitors, especially on day three when Bangladesh dominated the match. “Our batting in the second over was crucial to winning the match. We had a 90-plus partnership. Mominul in both.

“We could have scored more runs in the first innings but we decided to take a certain approach when the wicket is good. Things can go your way when you approach it that way. Things can sometimes go against you. We played according to the conditions and our plan. I’m happy Performance in both rounds.”

Hathurusinghe also believes Mominul and Mushfiqur are involved in helping the young team, particularly in their approach in the dressing room where they ensure no one becomes complacent. “I cannot see complacency in the team. If I see any act of complacency, I will have a one-on-one conversation. We had a good conversation inside the dressing room yesterday. Strong and experienced leaders like Moshi and Mominul spoke well.” “I can see there are no tall poppies in the dressing room.”

Hathurusinghe also paid special praise to Taijul Islam who took his second match with ten wickets. He said Rangana Herath, the former bowling coach, gave Taijul a lot of tactical advice.

“You all talk about him when he does well. We talk about him a lot,” Hathurusinghe said. “He is very meticulous in his training. Very meticulous in the way he wants to prepare. He is a mentally strong person. He is under the radar because he plays behind a world-class player. Taijul always plays second fiddle to Shakib in most games.”

But he said Bangladesh cannot expect big wins all the time, especially against teams like New Zealand. Bangladesh will be in a rebuilding phase, with the likes of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal unavailable for the next two months. Long-term injuries to Taskin Ahmed and Abadot Hossain also mean that the fast bowling unit currently lacks a bit of depth.

“You can’t change things that fast.” Hathurusinghe said. “If we keep doing the right things for our team and the team culture, the results will take care of themselves. We’re not going to win every game. We’ll try to do that.”

“We played a perfect match [in Sylhet]But it’s very difficult to do that against a good team. We have to start from scratch again. We are trying to start this game the way we started the Sylhet game. The same anxiety, intensity, hope and purpose. We have to compete every day.”

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