20 year old Bangladesh speedstar Taskin Ahmed is thrilled to face India is the first ODI of the three match series at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on 18th June.
Coincidentally he made his debut against the same team back on 17th June last year, picking up a career best of 5-24 in ODIs but Bangladesh could not win that match.
“Memories against India will work as inspiration. But (we) have to start the game from the scratch on the field. Now (we) have to play well all over again,” Taskin said.
Going into statistics, Taskin has 19 wickets in 12 matches, including 10 wickets in three matches against India, at an average of 11.20.
Bangladesh last faced India in the quater-final of the last concluded ICC Cricket World Cup where Team India defated their neighbours by a heavy margin of 109 runs.
A controversy arosed during the match regarding a no-ball bowled to Rohit Sharma by pacer Rubel Hossain. The entire Bangladeshi squad was unhappy with the decision as TV replays also showed that the bowler could have been excused as the ball was below the waist and not above as cited by the umpire. A huge roar of protest and anger went across the entire nation.
Taskin dreams of a different result in this series.
“Maybe we can do it this time. Our team is stronger than before. Everyone is playing well. If we can maintain the consistency, something good will happen,” said the fast bowler hailing from Dhaka.
Captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Rubel Hossain and Taskin formed a successful pace attack during the World Cup. They followed it up with the 3-0 whitewash in the home series against Pakistan.
Taskin thinks the pace unit needs to do deliver its best against India if they want to win the series.
“Our pacers did very well in the Pakistan series. I hope everyone will do well this time around as well. India are one of the best teams in the world. Their batting is significantly stronger in the sub-continent. Our pacers have to do well against them,” concluded Taskin.