After the disastrous Test series against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh are eyeing some success to reinforce the team morale. In a bid to improve team confidence, Bangladesh National Cricket Team interim T20 captain Mahmudullah Riyad termed Bangladesh as favorites for the upcoming T20 encounters.
In a post-practice press conference, Riyad expressed his optimism in front of journalists at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital on Wednesday.
“When we play in home conditions, I always feel that Bangladesh holds an edge over the visiting side.Though we could not perform according to the expectations in recent Tests and ODIs, I think we can pull off a comeback. If we can play well, we will surely win,” said Mahmudullah
Since the inception of T20i cricket, Bangladesh have stomached a large number of T20 defeats due to the inability of the batters to rotate the strike. Riyad also acknowledged this Achilles heel of Tigers and hoped that Bangladesh will not fall prey of the ‘dot ball’ in the first T20i against Sri Lanka.
Modern-day cricket is all about strike rotation and keeping the momentum going. In T20 cricket, Bangladesh batters seem prone to being stuck in the crease and concede dot balls which increase the pressure on the whole side. This pressure results into rash shots and ultimately a batting collapse.
“It is a very important to not concede dot balls. In T20 format, dot balls are very influential. The lower the percentage of dot balls, the better it is. If we can concentrate on rotating the strike in place of just conceding dot balls, it will be very helpful” said Mahmudullah.
The big boys of T20 international cricket all have different strategies but quality to maintain the momentum of the game is constant among all of them. Dot balls influence the match in very many ways, for starters; it strangles the run-flow and turns the momentum of the match to the bowling side.
Beauty of the shorter format of cricket is its speed. The speed at which the game goes on gives a lot less time for cricketers to think and once the batting side have conceded one or two good overs, it become really difficult to stage a comeback.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad is aware of this problem and hopes that Tigers will not fall prey to this chronic issue plaguing the batters.
“Every successful team in T20 cricket knows to rotate the strike. The teams which are successful have lower dot ball percentage. We will also try to emulate this feat as it is very important for achieving success,” concluded Mahmudullah.