Bouncer-ready Bangladesh ‘favourites’ towards West Indies, says Tamim Iqbal

The Bangladesh batsmen had a serious homework to get by within the lead-up to their subsequent recreation, towards West Indies in Taunton: cope with the quick ball. Trying on the method the West Indian pacers have gone thus far on the World Cup, Bangladesh expect a barrage of quick balls, notably with the newish ball.

West Indies took seven wickets with quick or short-of-good-length deliveries towards Pakistan and 5 towards Australia. Within the deserted match towards South Africa, each their wickets got here courtesy quick balls.

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It isn’t one thing Bangladesh are unaware of. Again within the Caribbean in July final yr, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Jason Holder blended the quick and size ball brilliantly within the Take a look at collection to blow them away. Solely 5 wickets got here from the shorter deliveries, however it compelled the Bangladesh batsmen on to the again foot, leaving them anticipating bouncers, and 15 wickets fell to full and size deliveries.

Whereas Bangladesh dealt with the quick ball higher within the ODI collection that adopted in addition to final month in Eire, the pitches had been far slower than what is predicted in Taunton.

“If the situations are totally different then that is likely to be one thing. But when we are able to deliver our A recreation day after tomorrow, then we have now a great alternative to win”


So, two days off from the competition, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan first, after which Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar, got a roughing up by the online bowlers in addition to batting coach Neil McKenzie, who had the side-arm thrower.

Largely it was ducking and weaving, and getting behind the road of the ball. Soumya was aggressive, hitting just a few out of the bottom in addition to top-edging some. Shakib, Tamim and Mushfiqur, essentially the most skilled males within the line-up, dealt with it with a mixture of aggression and strong defensive play. Mahmudullah tried to get behind the road, earlier than selecting to both duck or drop it close to his ft.

They paid a value too, fortunately not too large – Mustafizur Rahman struck Mushfiqur on the correct forearm with a shorter one, forcing the batsman to stroll off and never return.

Tamim additionally felt the complete brunt of McKenzie’s hurls, as he acquired little time to react. However the South African additionally despatched in just a few full tosses and half-volleys, which Tamim laid into with relish. In spite of everything, as Tamim identified, whereas the West Indians would go for his or her throats within the first 15 overs or so, there are more likely to be some unfastened deliveries too.

“We usually attempt to simulate within the nets what our opponents are more likely to do,” Tamim stated. “They normally goal us with the quick ball however they do the identical towards all sides within the first ten to 15 overs. In addition they give run-scoring alternatives. We’ve got to arrange for each, that is why we’re working exhausting in observe. We need to be sure it isn’t a shock for us.

“We’ve got an concept about their batsmen and bowlers, however I’ve observed their totally different planning within the World Cup. It isn’t the identical factor that we confronted in Eire or West Indies. They’re focusing closely on the quick ball, however for those who deal with it nicely, there will be alternatives to attain runs. They’ve been bowling this manner towards all sides.”

Tamim stated that the familiarity with the West Indies quick bowlers would give Bangladesh a little bit of an edge, though situations might need a say in the best way issues pan out.

“The primary three bowling assaults I performed towards on this World Cup [South Africa, New Zealand and England], all had been kind of equal,” he stated. “West Indies have tempo, three bowlers who bowl above 140. The great factor is we have now performed all three within the final year-and-a-half.

“So there will not be something new for us. Sure, if the situations are totally different then that is likely to be one thing. But when we are able to deliver our A recreation day after tomorrow, then we have now a great alternative to win.”

Tamim was additionally ready to name Bangladesh “favourites”, notably as a result of their latest file in ODIs. Bangladesh have gained seven out of their final 9 video games towards West Indies, having gained two bilateral collection in addition to the tri-series in Eire the place they beat West Indies on all three events.

“In fact, why not? We’ve got gained greater than them within the latest previous. We could be favourites, after all,” Tamim stated in response to a query. “In Eire, we gained all three matches towards them. It doesn’t matter to me who’re favourites and who will not be. Cricket is such a recreation that whoever brings the A recreation has an opportunity on that individual day. That’s the case for any crew on this World Cup.

“It isn’t necessary who has that tag, it is about whoever performs nicely. For those who see West Indies’ first two matches, they appeared a unique aspect than what they had been six months again. Then once more, for those who have a look at how we performed our first two matches, we additionally appeared a unique aspect. We had been difficult the highest groups in these situations. One went in our favour, one did not. Will probably be a great match I believe; we simply have to see who brings the A recreation on the given day.”

For that A recreation to actually take form for Bangladesh, they might want to have their finest anti-bouncer plan in place and execute it proper.

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