Players like Towhid Hridoy and Shakib also did not have fixed batting positions. Hridoy was groomed as an ODI No. 5 and had been playing in that position since his debut earlier this year, but he mostly batted at No. 7 in this World Cup. His best innings came against Australia, when he was sent at number 4.
The change in the batting order was not the only reason for Bangladesh’s disappointing World Cup campaign. Shanto pointed out his inability to convert openings into big scores and his difficulty in adapting from slow, low pitches at home to those in India, where pace and bounce were a little more realistic.
In the Pune match against Australia, Hridoy scored 74, while the rest of the other six specialist batsmen failed to convert their openings. Shanto said when the top order doesn’t fire, it puts the rest of the batsmen under more pressure.
“I don’t want to talk about individual players,” Shanto said. “We didn’t do well as a team. The top-order batsmen got more opportunities. If we had had big scores from the top, we could have been in better positions. We are hopeful that they will score big in the future.
“Litton (The) bhai, (Tanzid Hasan) Tamim and I started. We couldn’t take advantage of most of them. Our goal in the future is to build on these beginnings. We say it over and over again, but we have to do it. We need to practice accordingly. Play on certain types of wickets. “I hope that this World Cup will help us in the future.”
Shanto himself hasn’t had a great World Cup, especially compared to his pre-tournament form. He made 222 runs at 27.75 with just two fifties and bagged two ducks in the first ball. However, by not sugarcoating either his own performance or that of his team, Shanto has demonstrated the type of direct conversation that characterizes a good leader. The BCB top brass is considering him for the Test captaincy later this month.
“We couldn’t win any of the games I captained,” he said. “There was pressure to face two great teams. I think there was a lot to learn, which will help me in the future. I have been leading teams for a while now. I think I am personally ready (for the captaincy). If the opportunity, I will try to do it well.