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Hathuru backs Shanto amidst top order struggles
Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha (L) alongside skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto walks on to the pitch to join team’s practice session at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua on Thursday. Photo: BCB

Hathuru backs Shanto amidst top order struggles

Bangladesh reached the Super Eight stage of the T20 World Cup, a feat that is certainly a success. However, this success is tinged with disappointment as Bangladesh's top order is failing to score runs. The most significant concern is the performance of captain Najmul Hossain himself, who has been unable to lead from the front with the bat.Bangladesh will face Australia today at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. The match will start at 6:30 AM Bangladesh time.In the press conference before the Super Eight match against Australia, questions were raised about Najmul's form. Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha naturally stood by his captain, pointing out that top orders of almost all teams have struggled in the group stages of this T20 World Cup, suggesting that the conditions have been challenging for batting.Let's review Najmul's scores in the group stage: 7, 14, 1, 4. Although Najmul typically bats at number three, the team management has experimented with his batting order in these innings to break his run drought. After failing at number four against Sri Lanka, opening against South Africa and the Netherlands didn't yield better results. Even returning him to number three against Nepal didn't change the outcome.With formidable opponents like Australia ahead in the Super Eight, the focus on Najmul's batting from the perspective of Bangladesh's coach was questioned: what is his message to the captain, and why isn't he scoring?Hathurusingha explained, "It's not just Shanto (Najmul), most teams' top orders are str...

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