Right-arm speedster Taskin Ahmed credited the Bangladesh pacers’ grueling work during the practice sessions behind their recent turnaround in the bowling department. The Tigers pace attack has came a long way in recent times as Bangladesh got rid of their over dependency on the spinners. Over the past few years, the pacemen in red and green made bold contributions behind Bangladesh's successes.
Their momentum was however, shaken, especially after the home series’ against Sri Lanka. The Bangladesh Cricket Board, following the series of defeats, conducted a special training camp involving 14 pace bowlers under the supervision of interim head coach Courtney Walsh and makeshift pace bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake.
Bangladesh arrived in Sri Lanka for the Nidahas T20I tri-nation series with the hope of yielding some positives. The side started their campaign with a loss to India, but contributions from the pacers in the shape of Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin were praiseworthy.
Bangladesh played with six bowlers against India and all three pacers were able to pick up at least one wicket with Rubel making the most damage with two wickets, conceding 24 runs in 22 deliveries. Taskin and Mustafizur had bagged a wicket each, giving away 28 and 31 runs respectively.
"Recently, we had a week-long camp for the fast bowlers, under Walsh. Champaka also helped us. Rubel, myself and the other fast bowlers had a different training and game-plan. Fizz was in PSL (Pakistan Super League) so he is in good shape too. We hope that our output will be good in the next matches," said Taskin to the media at R Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo Friday.
Besides working on bowling accuracy and variations, the Bangladesh pacers are also grafting hard with regards to their batting skills. The trend around the globe is of the tail-enders coming in late to contribute for the team, but Bangladesh have been missing this particular service.
"We bat in the nets but it all depends on the extra training for lower-order batsmen. To be honest, it has to come from within, for each individual. Most bowlers nowadays bat well around the world. Even I want to bat better, and become a bowling all-rounder," said Taskin, who returned to the national dressing room after missing the home series’ in January and February this year.