Bangladesh v South Africa the report card - Bangladesh player ratings

Bangladesh v South Africa the report card – Bangladesh player ratings

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad’s partnership. (Photo Source: AFP)

Bangladesh v South Africa the report card – Bangladesh player ratings: The Bangladesh v South Africa series just got over and there were some amazing skills on display. Both teams fought hard, made an eventful and exciting series to watch. Bangladesh continued their wonderful home form and beat a formidable South African side in the ODIs. The Test series was a disappointment mainly due to the rains in the region. So let’s take a look at each player’s performance in the recently concluded series.

1. Tamim Iqbal – 5:

With a meagre 129 runs in the five innings that he played in the ODI and Test series Tamim Iqbal had an average series. He would have wanted to score a lot more runs but wasn’t able to. 2 fifties- one in each format was his only notable contribution in the series from the fiery attacking opening batsman of Bangladesh.

2. Soumya Sarkar – 9:

With scores of 27, 88* and 90, Soumya Sarkar was easily the best batsman for Bangladesh in the ODI series. He virtually sealed the series with his invaluable knocks in the last 2 ODIs for Bangladesh. It was his batting that his team relied upon the most for clinching a memorable series win over the Proteas.

3. Liton Das – 4:

With just one fifty in five innings, Liton Das had a forgettable series at home. He was the sole wicket keeper in two Tests but he failed to score big runs. His performances were lazy and he failed to cement a permanent place in the starting XI. Das may yet get an extended run but the selectors will want better performances than the ones he delivered in the just concluded series.

4. Mahmudullah – 8:

Mahmudullah was effective with the bat, scoring 2 fifties and also picked up 3 wickets. Overall, a good series for the experienced all-rounder. All that was missing from his performance was a big score.

5. Shakib Al Hasan – 8:

Shakib remains Bangladesh’s greatest threat and their most consistent performer. He was brilliant with the ball but failed to pick up wickets in the first 2 ODIs. He was also handy with the bat but he will be disappointed that he couldn’t score more runs. Overall, a good series for the world’s number 1 all-rounder.

6. Mushfiqur Rahim – 6:

One fifty in three innings isn’t poor but more was expected from the talented wicket-keeper batsman. Although he didn’t get enough chances to bat he would’ve wanted to do more in the little chances he got. Was good behind the stumps in the series and was important contributor to the team.

7. Sabbir Rahman – 2:

3 catches in 3 ODIs for Sabbir Rahman doesn’t really do justice to this man’s talents. He had just the one chance to bat and failed in that. His only other contribution was in the field.

8. Imrul Kayes – 2:

He scored 26 and 30 in the two innings where he got to bat. Not a very notable contribution for the Test opener for Bangladesh. He would be disappointed with himself and would want to get back among the runs.

9. Monimul Haque – 2:

Another player who failed to make an impression in the Tests was Haque. With 6 and 40 in 2 innings, he didn’t really show his worth to the team. Yes the Tests were affected by rains but still the players know that they need to perform well in whatever chances they get to play for their team.

10. Mohammed Shahid – 2:

25 runs and no wickets for Mohammed Shahid means that another player failed to make an impact whatsoever on the team. Arguably he didn’t get enough chances to play but he would have surely liked to make a better impact than this on the team.

11. Nasir Hossain – 5:

4 wickets for the bowler was a decent output but more was expected by many. He put in efficient performance in all games but was nothing exceptional or notable except in short spells over the series.

12. Mashrafe Mortaza – 5:

The ODI skipper was also quite efficient but not exceptional. He also would have hoped to get more wickets on the tour. Overall, a decent performance but nothing worth gushing over.

13. Jubair Hossain – 4:

Failed to deliver when needed in the first ODI and was subsequently dropped and used again in the Tests. He was impressive in the first Test, picking up 3 wickets but again was a decent performer but just short of breath-taking. His bowling was good and with more overs to bowl he could’ve got more wickets.

14. Mustafizur Rahman – 8:

He was the pick of the bowlers for the Bangladesh team, picking up 9 wickets in the combined Tests and ODIs series. The tall bowler put in some commendable performances throughout the series and looks destined for great things in world cricket. His line and length were impressive and his pace was also dangerous.

15. Rubel Hossain – 6:

Picked up 4 wickets after he was brought in place of Jubair Hossain in the 2nd and 3rd ODIs. Bowled good spells and picked up crucial wickets for his team at critical moments in both the games. Overall, a good series for the bowler and would do his confidence a world of good.

16. Taijul Islam – 1:

Just the one wicket in the one game he played. It was a forgetful performance from the player and it was not even close to what he would have expected to do in the series.