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Heath 'The Winning' Streak

Update : 22 Jun 2015, 06:55 PM

The face of the Bangladesh cricket team did not change overnight rather the make-over is the result of the right person's doing the right job. A spin dominated line-up since the last decade gradually picked up their pace and took the right opportunity to pounce as Bangladesh showed the depth in their attack by beating India twice in a row on the back of four fast bowlers.

Much of the credit goes to former Zimbabwe captain and fast bowler Heath Streak whose dedication has finally been realised. Streak, who has 216 Test and 239 one-day international wickets, arrived as the Tigers pace bowling coach only last June with the aim to decrease the dependency on the spinners and look to build a good set of fast bowlers. Did he succeed?

Bangladesh played three seamers regularly starting from the World Cup in February-March as Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed and Rubel Hossain duly did their job. However, the introduction of Mustafizur Rahman against the world No 2 team India was a very big surprise. The way Mustafizur bowled and outfoxed the 11 Indian wickets in the first two matches shows how successfully the talent was picked and utilised.

The 41-year old speaking to the media yesterday said, “I am very happy. Obviously Mustafiz was outstanding. To do that in two games and get a record like that was something special. We are happy as a coaching unit but congratulations must go to the players. Since the Zimbabwe series and the World Cup, we have seen this team grow from strength to strength.”

“It wasn’t surprising. Since the World Cup we have seen a different Tigers team. They are confident and now believing that they can win more consistently. They have shown some really good fight in this series. They are not just happy to win one game but the series as well, and 3-0 if possible,” he added.

Streak informed how they made way for Mustafiz in the national team whom he had first seen last year.

“I saw Mustafiz when I first came last year. He was going to tour West Indies with the A team. Even then I was very impressed with him. We have been trying to keep him within the system. Now with the HP structure, all these fringe players will get the support they needed,” said Streak adding it's still early days for the 19-year old and he needs to be taken good care.

Streak also termed Taskin and Rubel as matured fast bowlers and said if the wickets are prepared to suit the bowlers then Bangladesh will win more in future.

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