IND v BAN: Tweaker Taijul Islam impresses team with his mindset

Bangladesh’s Taijul Islam is ecstatic after trapping India captain Virat Kohli LBW in Hyderabad yesterday. pic/afp

Hyderabad: The Bangladesh team have bowled and fielded for almost two days, minus just the 14 overs during which they batted last evening, in the one-off Test against India so far. And if there is one visiting bowler, who has gained en route, it is left-arm spinner Taijul Islam. 

He did not just send back double centurion Virat Kohli, trapped leg-before on 204, but also claimed two more wickets — clean bowled centurion Murali Vijay (108) and had the well set Ajinkya Rahane caught at short cover for 82 — to emerge as the most successful bowler in the touring party with three for 156 off his 47 overs.

The other successful Bangladeshi spinner, offie Mehedi Hasan, who claimed two wickets for 165 off 42 overs, credited Islam for his mental toughness.

“Taijulbhai bowled well. He is playing at this level for the first time since the England series in October. He did not play at all in New Zealand, so his comeback was nice. He showed a great mindset. He bowled a tight line and turned the ball a lot too,” said Hasan about his bowling partner’s success.

Interestingly, Islam bowled a spell of 17 consecutive overs with two maidens, and claimed two for 56 in this particular spell. When asked what was the mood like among the bowlers while Virat Kohli & Co were hammering away, Hassan said they were not too perturbed. “Our batsmen have scored nearly 600 runs against New Zealand recently, so we are confident of getting a good total here too,” said 19-year-old Hasan. 

Of the six Indian wickets that fell en route their declaration on 687 after 166 overs, five went to spinners and only one wicket, that of opener KL Rahul (2), went to pacer Taskin Ahmed in the very first over of the match on Day One.

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