• Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022
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Exciting batting line-up in middle order

  • Published at 06:55 pm August 10th, 2021
Afif
Afif Hossain was perhaps the best Bangladesh batsman on display against Australia, belying his young age AFP

Young guns like Afif, Nurul and others had to deal with the pressure in the middle overs, and they were impressive overall

Bangladesh had a young and exciting middle-order in this series as experienced campaigner Mushfiqur Rahim opted out due to family reasons.

Players like Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Shamim Hossain and Mahedi Hasan batted in the middle-order, which looks promising for the future.

Skipper Mahmudullah promoted himself to No 4 in the absence of Mushfiq, and Shakib batted at No 3.

Nurul Hasan was a positive for Bangladesh, both for his batting and glovework Reuters

That meant young guns like Afif, Nurul and others had to deal with the pressure in the middle overs, and they were impressive overall.

Afif was undoubtedly the best batsman for the Tigers in the series as the young left-hander played some delightful strokes, like the picture perfect cover drive against Mitchell Starc in the second game, or dancing down the track to hit a six against Daniel Christian in the very first ball of the innings in the fifth game.

Afif and Nurul's match winning unbeaten partnership in the second game while chasing a challenging total was probably the highlight of this young group of batsmen who can be considered the future for Bangladesh cricket in shorter formats in coming years.