Sticking to basics enough to confirm title: Foster

Sports Correspondent

17 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Sticking to basics enough to confirm title: Foster

Khulna Tigers head coach James Foster said on Thursday that they don’t need to do anything extra as he believes that if they can perform the simple things the right way, it will be enough for them to clinch the ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL).

Khulna will take on Rajshahi Royals in the final of BBPL and Khulna can take confidence from the fact that they have won twice out of the three matches the teams played among themselves in the competition so far.

“We are in a good pace and a good rhythm but we know we have to do the simple things right for us to win (title),” Foster told reporters ahead of the final at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

“The team as a whole felt that we have really come together throughout the whole competition and our whole squad have played well,” he said.

Foster said that he doesn’t feel that the wicket will have any impact on the outcome of the final as he believes whoever play smart cricket will come out as the winner in the vital day.

“I do not think the wicket will play any role in the outcome of the match and both side have got powerful line-ups and both teams have smart options with the ball,” he said.

“I think who ever play the best cricket on the day will win,” he said.

Foster who heaped praises on his charges for playing consistently, urged his disciples to show their mettle once more in the final.

“Our batting line-up fired pretty well. All of our top seven have contributed throughout the whole competition. We’re in a very good pace with the bat and also with the ball,” Foster said on Thursday.

Khulna have two of their batsman feature in the list of highest run-getter with captain Mushfiqur Rahim being so far the highest scorer of the tournament with 470 runs in 13 matches while Rilee Rossouw trailing him with 458 runs from same number of matches.

Mehedi Hasan Miraz thrived as an opener but Nazmul Hossain Shanto has been a revelation in the tournament. After a mediocre return almost throughout the tournament, Shanto suddenly shot to fame with a blistering 57 ball-115 not out against Dhaka Platoon in the last group match which helped Khulna successfully chase the highest BPL total. Shanto later proved it was not a one-off incident as he smashed a 57 ball-78 not out in the first Qualifier against Rajshahi Royals in more spicy pitch.

While their top order enjoyed a good tournament, their bowlers led by Mohammad Amir did their job perfectly. Amir particularly was unplayable in some matches including the first Qualifier match against Rajshahi against whom he took 6 wickets for 17 runs which is also a record in the tournament.

Despite everything going in their favour, Khulna Head Coach James Foster chose to keep his feet down to the earth.

“They (Rajshahi) are a very good team. We have to play very well to beat them. We have prepared as much as possible. We are very confident. We won last four games in a row and all of them have been pretty much knockout games for us. So, we are in a good rhythm and in a good pace. Ultimately it’s all about delivering on the day,” Foster concluded.