Rahmat Shah becomes the first Afghanistan batsmen to score a test century.
Yep. I was actually surprised he didn't bowl more, or at least be the third off spinner rather than the fourth. Mahmudullah bowling ahead of him surprised me a lot given it doesn't happen in ODIs, and if anything the way Mahmudullah bowls these days is more "specialist ODI bowler" than Moses.Has Mosaddek been picked to bat #8 and not really bowl, like the 11th bloke who can't really play that you manage to ring in last minute for your club side?
It's happened a few times before. Mahmudullah himself batted eight eighteen times (for an average of 40, a ton and four fifties - so it even kinda worked) and after getting through a fair bit of bowling in his first series against the West Indies progressively bowled less and less to the point where he a batsman who occasionally bowled there towards the end of his #8 reign.I always used to marvel at the audacity of Bangladesh regularly having a specialist bat at 7 (of course helped by the likes of Shakib and at least 1 other ok spinner batting up the order plus Mushfiqur tending to bat higher), but this is really pushing the spinning all-rounder/deep batting meme to the next level
Ironically Mahmudullah has changed his action a bit to be more like Naeem (hacky and side-arm) and now bowls in Tests ahead of Mosaddek who looks more like Mahmudullah used to (ie. flat but over the top with proper overspin).This takes me back....I remember years ago discussing with you (probably you at least lol) how Mahmudullah visually looked the better bowler compared to Naeem but Naeem was getting more bowling. That must have been in ODIs though where Naeem was a little more effective.