Seniors set the example

Sports Correspondent

26 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Seniors set the example

Bangladesh cricketers celebrate after winning ‘Bangabandhu Cricket Series 2021 Bangladesh vs West Indies’ at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Monday. —BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh’s experienced quartet - Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim - helped the hosts to inflict a clean-sweep over West Indies in the three-match ODI series, courtesy to their respective fifty in Chattogram on Monday.

This was the only second time in history that all four seasoned campaigners struck fifty in a game together as they failed to do so following their combined effort against Scotland in the 2015 ICC World Cup in Nelson, New Zealand.   

Though Bangladesh won three ODI series on the trot after the clean-sweep in 2009 against the Caribbean side, it seemed all the seniors were eager to make it a whitewash when they got the opportunity against a weak West Indies squad.

Since the start of the series, new ODI leader Tamim Iqbal, who replaced Mashrafe Mortaza, emphasised that the seniors need to pull up their socks if they want to dominate against any opponent.

It couldn’t have been a better display by the seniors when they batted for the first time in this series to score 297-6.

It can be regarded as a clinical batting display after the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium’s wicket was a relatively slower one and leaking runs at will was next to impossible, initially.

Attacking half-centuries from Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur coming after more cautious fifties from Tamim and Shakib enabled Tigers putting up their highest score in the port city venue.

It was nothing less than a concert where the singers come up with hard rock after performing some light songs.

The audience get into the groove through those light songs but what sets the tone for some famous rock bands is that they mesmerised them with the variations of their guitar work and voice modulation when they come up with those high-voltage songs in the end. 

Tamim (64) and Shakib (51) laid the foundation but when they departed, it seemed the stage was well set for Mushfiqur (64) and Mahmudullah (64 not out) to launch an attack at the end.

Bangladesh collected exactly 100 runs off the last ten overs, a perfect showdown of a late explosion.

“I think a lot of credit goes to the coaching staff and the teammates. It made it easy when I played the first game [since his return]. I always knew that I needed some match time,” said Shakib after the match.

After the first game, I got the confidence that I needed. As the series went on, I grew more in confidence,” he added.

Skipper Tamim praised the hunger of Tigers too in the bio-bubble.

"The hunger that the boys showed, coming back into international cricket after such a long time, was appreciable,” said Tamim.


Shakib Al Hasan scores 51 runs off 81 balls

Tamim Iqbal manages 64 runs off 80 balls

Mushfiqur Rahim attains 64 runs off 55 balls

Mahmudullah makes 64 runs off 43 balls