Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal urged support for the Tigers bowlers and reminded that these group of bowlers brought success for the team and the nation in recent years.
There has been much criticism regarding the Bangladesh bowling performances in the South Africa tour so far. Bangladesh managed to take only nine wickets in two innings in the first Test match at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom, four wickets in one innings in the second and final Test at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein.
And disappointingly, the Tigers bowlers did not bag a single wicket in the first ODI at De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley Sunday when South Africa chased down 279 comfortably. But Tamim believes the bowlers will bounce back soon and this series will be a learning curve for them.
“There has been a lot of talk about the bowlers and while they are not up to the mark, it is also unfair to forget that they made contributions to our progress in the last two years. Mustafizur [Rahman] was highlighted during the India series but I personally felt that Taskin [Ahmed] played a major role by giving us breakthroughs. Rubel’s [Hossain] performance against South Africa [in 2015] also shouldn’t be forgotten. When they are not doing well, we should get behind them and support them. I am sure [Wednesday] or in the next game or series, they will come back,” said Tamim at Boland Park Tuesday.
All-rounder Shakib al Hasan is not in the best of form with the ball in 2017. The left-arm spinner has taken only four wickets in 10 innings this year. But Tamim informed that they need to focus on total bowling effort, rather than blaming any individual.
“When Shakib or Mustafizur bowl, we want a wicket every over. It is not possible. People will have good and bad days. We are talking about the same guy (Shakib) who won us a Test (months) ago (against Australia) with his brilliant bowling. Rather than focusing on an individual, we should think about our group,” Tamim said.
Bangladesh pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh is under a lot of scrutiny regarding his performance as coach but Tamim informed that the West Indies great is doing his job pretty well.
“Walsh shares his experience. We all know what he did during his playing days. From what I have seen, he is doing his job very well. End of the day, it depends on the individual how we execute. We may have all the plans but if we can’t execute it, I find it unfair to blame an individual,” he explained.