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Patience – the key to success for Ebadot

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  • 6 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Patience – the key to success for Ebadot

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Bangladesh pace bowler Ebadot Hossain on Wednesday admitted that he had to work on his patience after a tough start to his Test career.

Ebadot claimed 6-46 in the second innings to help Bangladesh earn their maiden Test win against New Zealand at Bay Over in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday.

Ebadot joined the Bangladesh Air Force in 2012 as a volleyball player more due to a job security than for the love for it although back home in Sylhet he was playing cricket as a genuine fast bowler.

The right-arm fast bowler came to spotlight when he fetched the ‘fastest bowler’ award in the countrywide ‘Robi Fast Bowler Hunt’ contest in 2016.

Following his entry to international cricket, Ebadot hogged the spotlight for his grand salute celebration after picking up a wicket and he continued to follow it till now making it his trademark.

 “I’m a soldier of Bangladesh Air Force so I know how to do the salute. It was a long story, from volleyball to cricket. I’m enjoying cricket, representing Bangladesh and Bangladesh Air Force,” Ebadot told reporters on Wednesday.

Since his debut in 2019, the 27-year old pacer has been an integral part of the national Test set-up.

However, he turned out to be a talking point in the cricketing circle considering he hardly managed to pick wickets regularly in international cricket when he picked only 11 wickets in his opening 10 Tests. “In the last two years, I have been working with (bowling coach) Ottis Gibson,” said Ebadot.

“Conditions are always flat at home. We’re still learning how to bowl and reverse in away conditions. I’m trying to hit the top of the stumps. I needed to be a little patient for success to come,” he said, adding that the Test success against New Zealand would serve as a benchmark for future generations of Bangladesh cricket.

“I would like to give thanks to Allah for the Test win. Our brothers and teams didn’t get a win in the last 21 years in New Zealand. We set a goal this time. We raised our hands. We said we have to beat New Zealand in their own soil,” he said.

“Now that we have defeated the Test champions, our next generation has to beat New Zealand,” he concluded.