Spinners are Tigers’ main weapon: Joshi

Sports Correspondent

14th June, 2019 09:52:18 printer

Bangladesh National Cricket Team spin bowling coach Sunil Joshi stressed on the importance of Tiger spin bowlers as Bangladesh look to qualify for the semi-finals of ICC World Cup 2019. Joshi also expressed his satisfaction with the performance of youngsters Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Mosaddek Hossain in an impromptu press briefing at Taunton on Thursday.  

Joshi appeared pleased with the performance of Bangladeshi spinners. He lauded the performance of Shakib Al Hasan, Miraz and Mosaddek.

“It is pleasing to see that the spinners are bowling well, Shakib Al Hasan and Miraz have bowled amazingly. Even Mosaddek has played his part,” said Joshi.

Spinners have had a much greater impact in this World Cup than was anticipated. As was seen during Tigers’ encounter against England where Miraz and Mosaddek bowled really well against the destructive English batsmen.  

“We have seen how in the match against England, even when two right-hand England batsmen, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow, were batting and Miraz and Mosaddek bowled beautifully against them. In this World Cup, bowling itself has become a challenge. Despite such challenges, our bowlers have beyond doubt stood apart from the rest,” he added.

“Spinners are the main strength for Bangladesh. Whatever the conditions may be, the spinners have had to play a key role for Bangladesh,” told Joshi.

When asked what he has to say to Bangladesh spinners and what does he expect from them as they take on West Indies. Joshi jokingly declined to answer stating the matter to be a confidential one.

“The spinners know what I have to say (laughs), but I will keep this matter a secret as it is a confidential topic for the team,” Joshi said.

With unpredictable weather, rain forcing matches to be abandoned and a six-day break, Tigers are going through quite an experience in the ongoing World Cup. Joshi looked determined to man the challenges and steam forward concentrating on their matches.

“As a team, we are here to play. We have to follow the World Cup fixture. Nothing good will come out by complaining. Now we have a single aim and that is to play good cricket and win the upcoming matches,” told Joshi.

Joshi also dwelled on fitness status of Tiger camp stating that the players are doing well, but they require rest as they have been playing continuously. If proper rest is taken the players can recover their form again.