Bangladesh Vs Australia, 2017: Mushfiqur Rahim Aims to Reinforce Fast Bowling
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, who has enjoyed the remarkable victory alongside his teammates over Steven Smith-led Australia by 20 runs in Dhaka, reiterated the Tigers are supposed to strengthen their pace bowling department in a bid to excel in the Test format.
“We have lot to do in pace bowling,” Rahim was quoted as saying by Bdcrictime.
The 30-year-old Bogra-born gloveman Rahim revealed the Tigers are expected to go a long way owing to the quality improvement across all-three departments of the gentleman’s game and admitted the fact of not having an experienced paceman in the squad.
“The team have not an experience pacer like Pat Cummins,” Rahim added.
Following the historic win, the Tigers received massive praise from all quarters for showing the fighting spirit after Smith and David Warner forged 130-run stand for the third wicket, as Rahim has vowed to give his best for the side to improve the game.
“We will try our best to make better contributions in pace bowling in the near future,” Mushfiqur remarked.
The hosts wrapped the Mirpur Test inside four days while riding on the all-round performance of World No. 1 all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, as Rahim added the side is looking forward to focusing on the pace attack.
“We have no strength to play a number of fast bowlers preparing a grassy wicket,” Rahim maintained.
Rahim recollected he didn’t witness pacer claiming a five-wicket haul after the Robiul Islam achieved the feat against Zimbabwe four years ago in April 2013
“After Robiul [Islam] took 5 [five] wickets in Zimbabwe, I remember no fast bowler of Bangladesh could so far make a five wicket haul although we appeared in a number of matches in this period of time,” Mushfiqur further added.
Rahim, who is expecting more from his teammates, further believes the side would not always bank on the success of slow bowlers, as he is looking forward to seeing pace bowlers teaming up with spinners while yielding the desired results in future.
“Spinners will not always do the job for the team. When fast bowlers provide support, the task become easier for spinners,” Rahim asserted.
Soon after clinching the first-ever Test against Kangaroos, Bangladesh revealed they are going unchanged in the second Test.
However, there is the possibility of a change or so, if Rahim would feel to tinker with the team combination after enjoying the chunk of success.
“The wicket should prepare wicket according to the strength of the Bangladesh [hosts],” Rahim concluded.
The second Test starts on Monday (August 4) in Chittagong; the wicket is expected to help the spinners – to witness another enticing encounter between the bat and ball.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor
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