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Top-order batting is still a concern: McDermott

  • Z. Azam from Chattogram
  • 10 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Top-order batting is still a concern: McDermott
Bangladesh fielding coach Shane McDermott speaks during a press conference at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Friday, ahead of their third and final ODI match against India. – AFP PHOTO

Bangladesh fielding coach Shane McDermott said on Friday that their top-order batting is still a concern despite their already winning the series.

The Tigers will take on India in the last game of the three-match series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram today.

The Tigers confirmed the series victory against India after winning the opening two games but still, their top-order failed to make their mark in the series considering on both occasions the hosts won the games on the back of Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s heroics with the bat.

“It has been a common concern for us (failure in the top-order). It will be a better wicket here, with more value for shots. It would have a bit more consistent bounce,” McDermott said during a press conference in Chattogram.

“From a batting point of view, it is to have one of our top five batters around till the 40th over, to take the game as deep as we can.

“Guys are getting through that tough patch of the first 20 balls, the hardest time to bat. It is the next step now to take that 20 balls to 50-100 balls and play match-winning innings from someone from the top five doing it.

“Yes, the responsibility lies with the top five or six. Look at our No 8 batter at the moment as he is showing confidence…We want to create a culture where the No 8 or No 11 can win the game,” he added.

McDermott said that he is happy with the performance of the fielding unit but insisted they can get better with passing days if they can handle the pressure well.

“There were obviously some concerns (about fielding) when I first started over maybe a recent performance at the World Cup. Having been here for nine months, I have really enjoyed it. I am lucky that the coaching staff is passionate about fielding.

“We see it as one of the vital components of our performance. Our catch percentage off late is among the best two or three per cent of the world. I couldn’t be happier about the way the boys are committing both on and off the field. It is great to be taking some confidence into the last game.

“My greatest challenge is to get the players to understand what pressure is. In my opinion, it is the element of fear of failure or self-doubt in your ability. Trying to educate the players on what pressure actually looks like, is one of our greatest focus areas,” he said.

“I have a video of a number of catches that all teams across the world have dropped, and still win matches. Catches win matches, but dropped catches don’t lose matches. It is proven.

“We can change the way we think about it. The more catches we drop, the more failure we go through, there are more chances we have of learning. At the moment, their ability to bounce back after failure has been outstanding,” he added.