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Spinners to rule the roost

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 30 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Spinners to rule the roost
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (left) throws the ball while spinning all-rounder Mahedi Hasan looks on during a practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the capital on Sunday. —AFP PHOTO

Spinners had always been a big factor in the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium and their dominance against the Australian side in the just-concluded five-match T20I home series only validated it.

 During the last home series, the hosts spinners bowled 59.4 overs out of the 92.4 overs that they bowled against the visitors.

Bangladesh’s T20 skipper Mahmudullah after the series concluding match emphasised that he will sit with his bowlers to make them understand that they need to take up the responsibility to execute the plans during the game.

Considering the way things pan out in the last series against Australia it is obvious that spinners will again be in charge of playing their crucial role in determining the fate of the upcoming series.

If we take the pattern of Tigers’ practice ahead of the five-match T20I series against New Zealand it clearly suggests that spinners will play a vital role in the series.

In the practice sessions spin duo, Mahedi Hasan and Nasum Ahmed were seen bowling with the new ball while Shakib Al Hasan joined them to roll his shoulder.

The keenness of Mahmudullah to bowl in tandem along with the specialist spinners as well bringing in Shamim Hossain also suggests that Tigers are keeping all their options ready as far slow bowlers are concerned to bamboosle the opponent, knowing their weakness in the subcontinental condition.

The plan certainly is the demand of the day and knowing that too well Bangladeshi spinning all-rounder Mahedi Hasan is ready to take the challenge.

“Being the main spinner I have some responsibility,” Mahedi said after the practice session on Sunday.

“You have to learn how to bowl with a new one because there are times when you will be hit and at that time it is very difficult to enjoy in the game,” he said.

“You need to use your mind meticulously in T20 because things are quite fast in this format and so the responsibility of bowling with the new ball is very big,” he further said.

“If I am successful than we can complete the power play without much trouble and that would be a huge benefit for us,” Bangladesh spinning all-rounder said.

“You need to bowl in a partnership to make sure that we are not troubled even if the bowler in other end is being hit,” he said.

The right-arm off-spinner said that he is confident about the bowling unit of Tigers while added that he is well aware that he needs to uplift his game.

“If you see our bowling unit can start the game well certainly it will raise the confidence because the fate of the match is determined in the first one or two overs,” he said.

“All the bowlers are doing well so I just need to uplift our game,” Mahedi concluded.

While Mahedi is waiting to uplift the game, New Zealand spinner Azaz Patel said that he is eyeing to cash his opportunity.

“A friendly condition always excites every bowler during the game. But we have a good batting line-up who plays spin well. We now are playing in their condition. They beat some big teams here. So we are not taking them lightly. We have to make sure that we play our best cricket here. And at the same time who have to hone our skillset well so that we can perform well on the match day,” Azaz said.

“We, the spinners, have discussed ourselves about the wickets here and how we should step in the game. We have been talking to Thilan Samaraweera as well. He is an experienced batsman; he knows the sub-continent better than us. We are trying to know from him how they would bat in such a condition. We have to understand these and play accordingly against the hosts,” Azaz concluded.