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Khaled confident of picking five-for on regular basis

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 28 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh pacer Khaled Ahmed seems to be reaping the benefit of visualization as it helps him to plan better against his opponents.

“Naturally visualization helps because I don’t get confused like before after going to the bowling mark before delivering a ball because I had done my homework by visualizing how I will go against a certain batsman,” Khaled told The Daily Sun.

Khaled can be considered as the only positive for Bangladesh in an otherwise disappointing Test series against West Indies.

Khaled, who hogged the spotlight after picking three quick wickets against the hosts during the final innings of the opening Test, was eventually rewarded for his perseverance as he earned his maiden five-wicket haul on the third day at St Lucia on Sunday.

The 29-year old made a name for himself while playing against South Africa in Durban Test (where he claimed a four-for) and told The Daily Sun after the tour that he is more comfortable in this format considering he does a lot of research before taking on the opponents.

However, visualization hardly worked for him in the following Test series against Sri Lanka at home where he was wicketless and he can certainly feel himself lucky considering if Taskin Ahmed, who missed the Test series due to injury, was available then he might have not been picked in the playing XI.

If he had given an impression to new skipper Shakib Al Hasan that he had all the potential to rise in favouring condition after bowling his heart out in Antigua still it was not good enough to make a big statement.

Khaled decided to make that statement in the second Test against West Indies where he was getting a little bit of bounce along with movement and Shakib’s keeping faith in him proved to be the catalyst behind his success.

The right-arm pacer picked two wickets on the second day but Shakib decided to use him at a stretch from one end after the third day’s game resumed.

He repaid the faith of his captain by picking three more wickets including Kyle Mayers (146) who was undone by Khaled’s off-cutter in his second over that he bowled after coming from a lengthy break due to the rain.

“Every wicket is special for me because this is the first time I am picking a five-for. I felt really happy after picking Mayers’ wicket because I was trying to get him out yesterday. Today I got him with my slower ball and it felt good because I could pick him after implementing my plan,” Khaled said after the game.

During the brief morning session when 11 overs could be bowled before rain interrupted the proceeding, Khaled picked his first of the three wickets by forcing Alzarri Joseph to give a catch at midwicket.

He (5-106) completed his maiden five-wicket haul by taking the healthy edge of Jayden Seales which also marked the end of his uninterrupted 10.3 overs spell from one end.

 “I tried a lot of times to pick five wickets and I had a chance before (in Durban) but only managed to achieve it this time around. I’m hopeful that I can do it on a consistent basis,” he said.