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‘Sylhet Rocket’ Ebadot impresses Donald with his white-ball start

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  • 23 March, 2023 12:00 AM
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‘Sylhet Rocket’ Ebadot impresses Donald with his white-ball start
Bangladesh pace bowling coach Allan Donald (right) instructs pacer Ebadot Hossain during a practice session at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on Wednesday. – TANVIN TAMIM

Bangladesh pace bowling coach Allan Donald said on Wednesday that pacer Ebadot Hossain has all the skills to shine across all formats.

Ebadot, who was previously labelled only as a Test specialist, did exceptionally well since he was given the opportunity in white-ball cricket last year.

The 29-year-old pacer has already taken 17 wickets in seven ODIs at a strike rate of 18 while he also took seven wickets in four T20Is after making his debut during the last Asia Cup in UAE.

“He has blown the house down,” Donald said of Ebadot’s explosive start in ODIs during a press meet in Sylhet ahead of the series-deciding ODI against Ireland. “From the moment I met him in Johannesburg exactly 12 months ago, he has been impressive. He is an athlete. He has a great engine on him. The ‘Syhet Rocket’.

“We are working on small things which are more tactical. We are working on game intelligence in every game. I am still trying to find the area that he needs to work on.

“But what’s pleasing is Ebadot is always in the game and it doesn’t matter if he goes for four or six. You know he is in the wickets column every single game,” he said, terming Ebadot a wonderful talent.

“He is that kind of bowler that he is up there bowling 145, 148 km/h at times where you know that pace will have a massive impact on the game. He showed that again the other night (against Ireland). He’s an athlete with a great engine on him and a great kid to work with. Love working with him, a wonderful talent,” he said.

“He won a fast bowling competition to get to where he is now. He could consistently become a member in all three formats. All of them, we are working on small things and it’s more tactical than anything else,” he added.

Meanwhile, Donald said that he is not very keen to take credit for the recent development of the pace unit and added that he was focused to remove the fear of failure from the pacers’ minds.

“As coaches, we are not here to get pats on the backs. We’re here to make an impact. As I said before, you can sell a product and the players will have to believe in buying into that product and at least trying it,” he said.

“It’s wonderful to see how the group of guys, not just the pacers but the others as well like Hasan (Mahmud) and the guys that haven’t been here like Khaled (Ahmed). All are part of the journey we are on. It’s wonderful how we have adopted this new way of thinking,” he said.

“When I met this group, I didn’t want to come in and just ask questions. You sit back and listen and then ask questions. I ask every single individual where their games are and what they need from me.

“What I think the group needs to do better and then once we started to offload the shackles of fear of failure and fear of disappointment, more worry about the outcome than competing …so at this level if you are worried about whether you are going to be picked again, you don’t have a place and we needed to get that way of thinking out of the window,” he added.