Bangladesh won their first Test against Australia    Getty Images
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The victory in the first Test was Bangladesh s first ever against Australia in Test cricket. Although they lost the second match, the 1-1 result is a sign of significant progress in Bangladesh cricket.

As the series ends, here is how each of the Bangladesh players performed. The cricketers have been rated on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is the lowest.

Tamim Iqbal, 7: He was the chief architect behind Bangladesh s 20-run victory, scoring 71 and 78 and lifting his side s batting. In both cases, Bangladesh had a torrid start but Tamim denied to give away his wicket. He loses 3 points for not playing up to his potential in the second Test.

Soumya Sarkar, 4: Bangladesh put their faith on Sarkar and sent him to open with Tamim, pushing Imrul Kayes at No. 3. However, Sarkar failed in all the four innings, his best being 33.

Imrul Kayes, 2: 0, 2, 4 and 15 are Kayes numbers in the series. He had been consistent before the series, and hence was rewarded with the coveted No. 3 position. However, he seemed not to be very comfortable batting there, failing miserably.

Sabbir Rahman, 5: There has been much experiment with Sabbir s batting position in the past, and this series was no different. Despite the very fact, he scored a half-century partnering with his captain to lift his side during crisis. However, he lacked patience.

Mushfiqur Rahim, 8: Mushfiqur Rahim serves as one of the most inspiring captains. Twice in the series, when Bangladesh s batting line-up collapsed, he stood like a rock and became the highest scorer of the innings. He, in addition, has honed his wicketkeeping as well as captaincy skills, adding more to his glory.

His decisions of identifying Taijul Islam as the most effective night-watchman among the bowlers, sending a talented Mominul Haque down the order to elongate team s batting, and smartly rotating his bowlers was commendable.

Shakib Al Hasan, 7: Just like Tamim, Shakib too made his 50th Test special, scoring 90 runs and bagging 12 wickets in the first Test. The top-ranked all-rounder hardly has anything left to prove, and is the backbone of Bangladesh s middle-order batting.

Nasir Hossain, 5: Nasir Hossain s selection for the series did not go well with everyone, as many had expected an experienced and skilled Mahmudullah to play against a strong team such as Australia. Apart from a 45, he failed to pull off anything extraordinary that can cement his spot in the side.

Mehedi Hasan, 6: In a very short span, Mehedi has grown to become the perfect spinner to compliment Shakib. He bagged 8 wickets in the series and batted decently down the order. However, given the success the visiting bowlers achieved, more will be expected of him.

Taijul Islam, 5: Given he served as the third spinner and is comparable to Glenn Maxwell and Steve O Keefe, he did a better job comparatively. However, given they were playing in home conditions, more was asked of him.

Mustafizur Rahman, 7: In a spinner-dominated series, Mustafizur had very little scope to display his capability. However, utilised whatever came his way.

In the first Test, Mushfqur hardly used him, considers the spinners had the upper hand. In the second Test, he bagged 5 wickets, only one less than his Australian counterpart Pat Cummins who was utilised as a full-time bowler in both Tests.

Shafiul Islam, 2: In the first Test, Mushfiqur decided to go with two full-time pacers, and Shafiul failed. He was not asked to bowl in the next innings and was dropped from the following match. That being said, it was unfair to rate him merely on one performance.

Mominul Haque, 5: There has been much drama regarding Mominul s inclusion in the squad, and finally he got a chance in the second Test, as Shafiul replacement. Generally a No. 3 player, he was sent at No. 4 in the first innings and No. 8 in the other. He scored 31 and 29 respectively, but both came in times of need. It was decent effort from the batsman.