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Decoding Bangladesh spin-quartet's success story

Cricket news - Decoding Bangladesh spin-quartet's success story

Bangladesh's spin-quartet - Nayeem Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Taijul Islam and Mehidy Hasan - time and again ran through Windies' batting line-up to help the home side clean-sweep the recently-concluded Test series 2-0.

Incidentally, the home side's spinners took all the 40 wickets to fall in the two-match rubber. Mohammad Salahuddin, the former assistant coach of Bangladesh, told Cricbuzz that one of the key reasons behind the success of the home team's spinners was their ability to target the stumps. He also added that the spinners imparted enough side-spin on the ball.

''I think the biggest ability of our spinners is that they can attack the stumps on most occasions and that gives them an edge over others,'' said Salahuddin.

''The major difference between Bangladesh and the Windies lies in their spin attack. I don't think the Windies spinners knew how to bowl on these wickets, while we were pretty experienced in that regard.

"Our boys knew how to mix it up or give flight. They knew when to bowl side-spin and when to bowl top-spin. Everyone seemed to have got good control over their bowling and executed their plans quite well by judging the behaviour of the wicket,'' he observed.

Salahuddin pointed out that the spinners extracted considerable turn and bowled with good discipline. ''I think we spun the ball a lot compared to them. The most important thing is that we used the seam quite well in the series."

Salahuddin also said that Taijul Islam, who picked up 10 wickets in the series, was successful as he bowled quicker through the air and didn't give the required time for the batsmen to adjust and play accordingly.

''I think when there is turn, you need to bowl at a faster pace because if you bowl slowly, then you will have time to play the shots, but if you bowl at a slightly higher pace, it will turn sharply.

'"Taijul did that brilliantly [bowling it quicker through the air] and reaped success due to it. Some of his deliveries were going straight [on] but it turned out to be effective as the batsmen were unable to move [adjust] as they didn't have enough time."

Salahuddin, who has been instrumental behind the success of Shakib and Abdur Razzak during his long-standing coaching career, urged the home team's spinners to constantly work hard on their game.

"The role changes with the way you are bowling and sometimes, you might just not be bowling wicket-taking deliveries. At that point, it is is important to take a defensive approach and just allow your partner to go for the kill.

''I think Shakib understands when he needs to play the second fiddle, but I am not convinced whether others understand it. With time, I am sure they will learn,'' he added.

Meanwhile, Sohel Islam, Bangladesh's former fielding coach, who has worked with Mehidy Hassan since the time he played age-level tournaments, reckoned that the bowling all rounder used the crease quite well. The off spinner ended the series with a rich haul of 15 scalps.

''I think he bowled in good areas constantly and used the crease quite well. He sometimes bowled close to the stumps, while on occasions, he was bowling wide of the crease and it helped him to get more variations. His seam position was quite good, and it is important [seam position] as it plays a big part on subcontinental wickets."

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