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Bowling in partnership working well for pacers

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 19 April, 2022 12:00 AM
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Pacer Shoriful Islam said on Monday that bowling in partnership was the key factor behind the Bangladesh pace unit’s recent successes across formats considering it created pressure on the batsmen.

In the recent past, the Tigers’ pace unit performed exceptionally well in all three formats and according to many, it was largely due to the fact all of them (the pacers) were complimenting each other well in the middle.

“We always talk between us regarding the partnerships,” the left-arm pacer told reporters in Mirpur.

“We always try to create a partnership with dot balls. When we fulfil that target, all the bowlers bowl well and then there is a chance to take wickets,” he said, adding that he’s enjoying his time bowling with pacer Taskin Ahmed.

“It’s very good (chemistry with Taskin bhai) and not only Taskin bhai, but we also talk among all the pacers during practice and we say that those who will get the chance to play will bowl in partnerships.

“It’s a good thing that in the last few series, I’ve been able to strike a very good partnership with Taskin bhai. He talks very positively which is very useful for a bowler and when we talk positively with each other, good results come,” he added.

Shoriful added that he won’t find it difficult to adapt to the bowling philosophy of their newly appointed bowling coach Allan Donald as he feels every coach has more or less the same method.

Donald replaced Ottis Gibson in the Bangladesh set-up during their last tour of South Africa after the former decided not to extend his contract.

“The philosophy is the same but I’ve worked with Gibson for a long time and I haven’t been able to work with Donald that much yet,” said the 20-year-old.

“Most coaches have the same theory so it’s not that hard to adapt,” said Shoriful.

The left-arm pace bowler, who has played three Tests, 10 ODIs and 19 T20Is so far, is expected to fly to Singapore on April 25/26 to have an operation as he has some abdominal issues and as a result, he is unlikely to be available in the two-match Test series opener against Sri Lanka, beginning on May 15.

“I’ll see after the operation how much time is required but will try to return quickly,” Shoriful informed.