The Bangladeshi batsmen seem to have lost the script when batting against both pace and spin during their ongoing tour of India.
Their latest collapse came on Sunday in a three-day game against India ‘A’ at Bengaluru, with the first four batsmen managing single digits and Mominul Haque’s team have looked insipid throughout.
The batsmen never really showed application and collapsed like a house of cards.
Bangladesh’s last four batsmen have proved to be easy pickings as well with spinners like Jagadeesha Suchit and Jayant Yadav polishing them off.
Given that the above two bowlers are nowhere near the class of say a Ravichandran Ashwin, lack of will may just be the problem for Haque’s men.
Even in that four-wicket loss to Karnataka it was surprising to see them collapse against two bowlers who were making their First-Class debuts!
Despite a chunk of their players having played international cricket on a regular basis, Bangladesh faltered against the pace and spin of Prasidh Krishna and Suchit respectively.
And the fact that the senior Bangladesh team would in all probability be picked from this side for the upcoming home Test series against Australia (provided the tour does go through) makes it even more alarming.
Top order failures and lack of application seem to be dogging the newer bunch and immediate steps need to be taken to rectify the faults.
Not to forget that Bangladesh have not yet won a Test match against a high calibre side since 2000 which should give them the impetus to change their performance chart.
Of course the senior team may not collapse in a similar manner when they take the field against the Aussies but then the ongoing India sojourn has just exposed a huge chink in Bangladesh’s plans for the future.
And it definitely does not look rosy, at least in the longer format of the sport.