I was very, very excited at the prospect of a draw or even a Bangladeshi win. Expectations make me delusional. But these delusions keep me sane and away from eternal depression. So I keep going back there.
Bangladesh lost the series 2-0. Not only did they lose, they lost the usual way. Someone played an irresponsible shot, someone was too ambitious to take a single and retain the strike and the bowling unit lost all their will to take wickets. Jamie Siddons had told us in an interview on Day 4 that if Bangladesh can get 200 and our spinners can capitalize on the 5th day turning wicket...you never know what's going to happen.
Bangladesh did get 200 and 9 more. But honestly, they should have got to at least 250. Naeem's shot left me staring at the screen in disbelief and somehow I knew Shakib was going to go down the track to bring his 100 up in style, although I kept on wishing he wouldn't. I don't forgive him for it, but I understand the temptation to show off at the brink of a second test hundred and one that could potentially save the test match.
Even after all that, the bowlers barely made a dent in the English line up. Obviously.
I see a lot of articles stating Shakib as a useless captain. He's not, but I won't waste my breath on why Bangladeshi supporters didn't expect any miracles from him or his team. But I will ask you this: if not Shakib, then who?
Mashrafe is sulking because they don't want to upset the balance that the team has reached under Shakib. He is not even willing to offer his services as a bowler, despite being Bangladesh's premium fast bowler. It is unfortuante that it had to be taken away from him without him getting the chance to prove himself but if this is his attitude towards the whole situation, then maybe it's for the best. How very matured of him right? Makes Shakib running down the track seem like a sane thing to do.
Or maybe Shakib became temporarily suicidal upon learning that he shares his birthday with Swannyg66 and his chin.