10 years, 62 Test matches and Bangladesh still look like a side which has just jumped into the big league. Today's defeat against India by a margin of 113 runs at the Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong has against raised doubts as to whether Bangladesh belong to the Big league. Although there was no match between the Indian and the Bangladeshi teams, the Bangla Tigers are getting used to loosing which can be a huge psychological roadblock to winning.
Bangladeshi fans will be disappointed with their teams performance as they had caught India napping getting bowled out for a mere 243 in the first Innings. Bangladesh made a mockery of themselves when they fell one short of India's first innings total. The No. 1 ranked Test side was in no mood to repeat the dismal performance of the first innings and declared at 413/8 and in the process setting up a stiff total for Bangladesh to get on the fifth day.
India Vs Bangladesh, 1st Test - Scorecard
Bangladesh Cricket's performance in the five day version of the game has been dismal. In the last ten years since making their debut against India in 2000 they have managed to win only three Test matches. One of them against a depleted Zimbabwe and two against second string West Indian team last year. In all they have lost 53 Test matches and managing to draw 6 games which gives them a dismal loss percentage of 83%.
Their performed has been relatively well at the One Day Internationals due to their bits and pieces of performance. Although they have caused major upsets in the 50 over version of the game they lack character to play test cricket. Test cricket is all about patience, skill and character and team performance thrives on these pillars. Bangladesh over the last 10 years haven't been able to form a team which has looked like drawing a Test match forget about winning.
Time and again ICC's decision to grand Test Status to Bangladesh has been questioned and Bangladesh cricket has done little to prove it's critics wrong. ICC's decision to grant Test Status to Bangladesh was more of a commercial decision than a cricketing one as Kenya was a far better team that Bangladesh when they we granted Test Status. ICC had argued that Bangladesh had better cricketing infrastructure but the Tigers seems to have made very little use of their infrastructure.
All said and done nobody can write a obituary of Test Cricket in Bangladesh. There is certainly huge pool of talent that the Bangladeshi team has, what it seems to lack is application. January 24 will be a new beginning in Dhaka when they take on India in the second Test match. Bangladesh will have to play out of their skins not only to defeat India in the Test Match but also to prove that they belong to the Big League.