The Afghanistan coach thinks Gurbaz’s ODI development will depend on him realizing every match isn’t a T20.
Jonathan Trott, the Afghanistan coach, enjoys seeing Rahmanullah Gurbaz stand motionless and hit the ball. Bangladesh suffered a 142-run defeat due to Gurbaz’s career-best 145, which allowed the visitors to win the three-match ODI series with one match remaining. With a record-setting 256-run opening stand between Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, who also scored a century, Afghanistan put up a threatening 331 for 9 in their 50 overs. In his 125-ball innings, Gurbaz hit 13 fours and eight sixes. He was particularly destructive in his final 25 balls, scoring 45 runs. During that part of their innings, Afghanistan picked up the pace, hitting 69 runs in six overs until Gurbaz was dismissed in the 37th over.
Gurbaz and Ibrahim, according to Trott, made a great team.
Gurbaz can score from any place on the field, according to Trott. He occasionally rushes through it and believes that every game is a T20. We have a better chance of winning the game the longer Gurbaz bats for us. The way [the opening partnership] was going, especially the strokes they were playing, certainly made me extremely happy. It was unquestionably on a pitch where you could apply pressure if you bowled well. It had a slight, uneven bounce. “Having looked at the weather, we decided to bat first if we won the toss. It didn’t rain. The amount of grass was less than during the previous game. Gurbaz acted naturally offensively, and Ibrahim served as a good counterbalance on the other side. No other fresh batter at the other end needed to bother Gurbaz. If you like, it was an excellent dovetailing. With the first 35 overs, I was pleased. Trott thinks Gurbaz should be relaxed about his technique. He only needs to maintain his composure; the rest will come naturally. According to Trott, Gurbaz must be as still as possible when released. “Occasionally, he is moving. A player with Gurbaz’s talent level could occasionally become too focused on technique rather than simply watching the ball. “It’s about using Gurbaz’s excellent hand-eye coordination to make the game easy. It involves keeping things simple both mentally and technically. He has put in much effort and may continue it in the third ODI.
The coach was especially thrilled with Zadran’s development and believed the opener is shown maturity above his years. He struck 100 off 119 balls against Bangladesh, batting until the 46th over to ensure his side moved close to the 300-run mark. His two hundred and two fifties against Sri Lanka stood out. “He [Zadran] is perfect,” Trott remarked. As he gets older, he will get better. When Gurbaz started to attack, he displayed maturity by realizing it. When you’re a rookie player, you can emulate it to get out of your comfort zone. He had to remain there to the conclusion. If he had gotten out, too, we could have become disoriented. He deserves praise for a great inning.
Afghanistan’s victory in the ODI series follows a devastating Test loss to Bangladesh last month. They just lasted 39 and 36 overs in each of the two innings as 546 runs defeated them. Trott admitted, “I left Bangladesh frustrated with how the Test proceeded. “As a group, we learned. We learned how far Bangladesh had come in every facet of the game. We had to be at the top of our game to come here and compete. “It’s crucial that we also pay attention to the upcoming game. We must avoid being overwrought or excited. If we want to develop as a team in preparation for the Asia Cup and World Cup, we cannot sit back and enjoy our success. You need to maintain winning when you enter competitions and Cups.
To defend their total, Afghanistan also bowled effectively. The first three wickets fell to Bangladesh for 25 runs, the second three for seven runs, and the last three for 30 runs. Trott believed Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Fazalhaq Farooqi gave Afghanistan the ideal start with the ball. “Fazal threw a maiden in the opening over. According to Trott, when defending 330, you want to get out to a good start. “You can occasionally allow the adversary to get off to a strong start. Farooqi and Mujeeb both bowled exceptionally well. On this wicket, we gained some bowling skills. We’re hoping to use that in the third game.
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