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Fit Rubel set to rock the WC once again

  • Published at 12:40 am May 25th, 2019
Bangladesh's Rubel Hossain is fully fit and raring to go in the World Cup

Rubel Hossain is pumped up for the big event but said he is not thinking of any target as that may bring along some extra pressure

Pacer Rubel Hossain uprooting the stumps of two English batsmen in three balls to clinch the nail-biting game in the last World Cup is one of the most memorable moments of Bangladesh fans in the tournament. 

But the Tigers’ followers are in anxiety as the paceman has been struggling for fitness.

The fast bowler however, has given them a great solace as he said he is fully fit and ready to roar in the upcoming World Cup that starts later this week. 

The 29-year old has played only one match among four in the tri-nation ODI series in Ireland as he has been struggling with injury.

He even did not play all the matches in the Dhaka Premier League last month to recover from a side strain injury.

The pacer is currently working hard with the squad and informed that he is fully fit. 

He admitted that it will be challenging to bowl in the World Cup in England and that he is ready to face it.

“I have been bowling off a full run-up and at full speed in the last two sessions. I think I am 100% fit. I have a lot of confidence in myself,” Rubel said at the Cathedral School ground in Cardiff during training Friday.

“Of course, it will be tough to bowl in this World Cup. If I get the chance to play I will of course try to play my best cricket. Everyone wants to perform and I am no different. Now it’s about waiting for the opportunity,” he added.

Pacers are supposed to be the chief weapons in the tournament in English conditions and Rubel admitted that they need to bowl accurately and smartly to produce good results and give their team the edge.

“In these conditions, pace bowlers have to perform well if you are to win matches. A lot depends on pace bowlers. It’s a big challenge to bowl well here – how to concede less runs and extra wickets. Everyone is working hard on death-overs bowling, bowling in the middle overs as well as with the new ball. So I think something good will happen,” Rubel said.

Rubel is also pumped up for the big event but said he is not thinking of any target as that may bring along some extra pressure.

“I have no specific targets about the World Cup. I just want to take it match by match and bowl well in every match. I want to bowl well, and contribute to winning matches. And of course, if I get a chance I will try to play my best cricket. Because everyone wants to perform well in the World Cup as the whole cricket world will be watching. If I can play every match and perform well, then my target obviously will be to be in the top five (wicket-takers),” he concluded.