Herath expects winning mindset from Tigers

Atif Azam

27th June, 2021 10:44:44 PM printer

Herath expects winning mindset from Tigers

The newly appointed Bangladesh’s spin consultant Rangana Herath feels that his charges need to develop a winning mindset during their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe and carry the momentum to get fully prepared in the forthcoming ICC World T20 this year.

Bangladesh Cricket Board roped in Sri Lankan legendary spinner Herath as their spin consultant until the next global T20 event in October-November.

The Tigers are scheduled to leave home for Zimbabwe on Tuesday morning to play one Test, three ODIs and three T20Is against the hosts and they will then host Australia, New Zealand and England at home in three different limited-over bilateral series respectively to complete their preparation for the showpiece event.

“If our team can build the winning mindset in the Zimbabwe tour and can continue with that against Australia, New Zealand and England, it will be good before the World Cup and that is how we need to look at the future,” Herath told The Daily Sun on Sunday.

Herath, the most successful left-arm spinner in the history of Test cricket with 433 wickets taken in a remarkable career lasting two decades, feels that the spinners need to be aware of the situation in the shorter format game and must have the knowledge to bowl in partnership with the pace bowlers to do well as a bowling unit.

“It’s always depending on the situation. As a cricketer you must see the situation and have the awareness and it can be an attacking role or it can be a containing role,” he said.

“But it’s very important to have a partnership with fast bowlers and spinners and it depends on the situation. I can’t say this is the role in T20 and that is something that needs to be done but what I can say is that we have to analyze the situation and we must have awareness and accordingly adjust with situations.

“There can be situations like attacking. I mean attacking like wicket-taking and at the same time containing runs. It’s more important that we work as a unit with fast bowling and when they come together I am sure we can go a long way.

“You need to identify your roles and that is our responsibility to explain what your role is and what we are expecting from you. In that case, we must have the proper communication with the spinners and we can do that one to one or as a group along with the head coach and explain to them what we are expecting from them and what is their role and I am sure if we can have proper communication we can execute our plans accordingly,” he added.

The former left-arm spinner said that he’s satisfied with the current bunch of Bangladeshi spinners’ performance and also their getting regular opportunities in the national team.

 “I realise in the recent past the spinners like Mehedy Hasan, Sakib (Al Hasan) and Taijul (Islam) and there are few spinners as well and they are doing well and what I see is that they are consistently getting opportunities and that is very important as a spinner.

“When you are having opportunities consistently that is how you can build confidence and create a team environment and the mindset which is very good and I would like to continue with that effort in future as well,” he said.

Herath, an ICC/SLC Level 3 coach specialising in spin bowling, also expressed his happiness after getting the spin consultant role in Bangladesh national team and he hoped his experience would be able to help Bangladeshi spinners in the upcoming days.

“It’s a great honour and privilege to work with the Bangladesh cricket team. Like any former player aspiring to be a coach, it’s a kind of dream to get associated with a leading country and so I am so privileged to join BCB,” he said.

“I mean I have retired almost three years and so I thought I can share my knowledge and experience with the spinners which is very good. At the same time, Bangladesh is quite familiar with Sri Lanka as far as condition is concerned as well as the mindset and the culture.

“One of the reasons I chose Bangladesh is that I know the mindset, preparation and practice ethics and everything and compared to Sri Lanka it's the same actually,” he concluded.