The 19-year old made a stunning debut for Bangladesh recently in the 2nd ODI against India on Tuesday. The Indians were bundled at a score of 105 due to the sheer brilliance of this young Bangladeshi talent in bowling. He took a 5-wicket haul on debut. Even the Indian captain, Suresh Raina was impressed at his performances and congratulated him.
Taskin took 5 wickets in the match by giving away just 28 runs in 8 overs. Four of those dismissals were LBW. He had undone Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu and Amit Mishra with his sharp in-cutters.
The young man himself is astonished by his spellbound performances. He said to a media source on phone, “The five-for was unexpected. I just wanted to bowl fast and straight. I love to bowl fast and threaten batsmen with pace. The wicket offered help, but it was important to bowl in the right areas. I tried to do that.”
The young talent feels that he was pleased with his performance but his team’s victory would have been much more soothing. He said, “It was indeed special to get five wickets but I would have been happier to see my team win.”
Indeed, the youngster did justice to his name. He gained huge respect from the entire cricket world. His journey to get a chance in the national team was very tough. He had to gain his father, Abdul Rashid’s nod for him to pursue his passion. Rashid had against his son pursuing a career in cricket at the expense of academics.
He spoke about that. His words were as such, “My father had beaten me with a cricket bat because I went to play a match ahead of my exams. Surprisingly, though, he allowed me to join the Discovery Cricket Academy when I was 12.”
He added, “Shahjahan Sadhu, my coach at the academy, shaped my career and exhorted my father to support me. Yesterday he was happy. At last, I’ve managed to made him smile through my cricket.”
The youngster’s rise has been quite outstanding. He was selected for the Bangladesh U-15 and U-17 squads and also, he represented Bangladesh in U-19 World Cup in Australia in 2012. His words on that were, “That was the turning point. I got 11 wickets from six matches and was chosen among the senior team probables on my return.”
The young guy however, did suffer from injuries last year. He was very hard working and perhaps he was over hard working. He said, “I suffered knee tendonitis in 2013 and missed almost the entire season. Bangladesh Cricket Board sent me to Melbourne for treatment. I returned home and did my rehab under our national academy’s strength and fitness conditioning coach Stuart Karppinen.”
Former Bangladesh captain and national selector, Habibul Bashar, however, blamed the workload for Taskin’s injury. Bashar said, “He was overworked in domestic first-class cricket. Taskin is a frail guy, though his height is an advantage. He is our future — a silver lining in the cloud. So, it’s imperative to look after his body and manage his workload properly.”
Let us see now how this young lad shapes his career after a phenomenal debut.