Bangladesh batsmen were taking help from discarded leg-spinner Jubair Hossain to prepare them for facing Afghan prodigy Rashid Khan in the forthcoming Twenty20 series in India, wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim said Tuesday.
Rashid, the top-ranked bowler in the Twenty20 international ranking at the moment, appeared to be the biggest threat for Bangladesh in the three-match series, scheduled from June 3-7 at Dehradun.
The 19-year old leg-spinner, who has claimed 47 wickets in 29 Twenty20 Internationals, is also in top-form in the ongoing Indian Premier League for Sunrisers Hyderabad, having picked up 13 wickets in 12 matches.
His economic bowling was one of the reasons for Sunrisers to stay in the top of the league so far as the bowler conceded just 7.2 runs per over for his exploits in a high-voltage competition.
His performance left Bangladesh in need of some home works against him as the Tigers were looking to clinch the series against Afghanistan, ranked two places ahead of them.
Bangladesh could not have expected a better leg-spinner to assist them in the nets than Jubair, who until very recently had been considered as a similarly prodigious leg-spinner.
Juabir, who lost his place in the national team a year ago and did not play a single competitive game in the last domestic season, recently returned to the nets looking to regain his fitness and form.
‘You would probably notice that before every series we invite a local bowler [in the nets] similar to the most prominent bowler of the opposition. Even if it was not exactly similar, we look for someone at least close to that bowler so that we can make it a habit of playing him,’ Mushfiq told reporters at a programme in Dhaka.
‘Likhon [Jubair] was bowling better than the past. [I] played him for the last three to four days. I think he has already improved.
‘The similarity of him with Rashid Khan is that they both bowl with a kind of pace. I think this practice will be helpful, although the execution in match is a different thing.’
Mushfiq was Bangladesh’s most successful batsman in Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka, where he scored 199 runs in four matches, including an unbeaten 72 off 35 balls during a record chase against Sri Lanka in league phase.
The right-hander said he had done his personal home work against Rashid Khan, speaking with team-mates, who played alongside the Afghan leg-spinner in Comilla Victorians during last Bangladesh Premier League.
‘We also played Rashid in BPL, especially those who were in Comilla Victorians, like Tamim, Imrul. [I] spoke to them. We were trying to gather as much information as possible,’ he said.
‘All in all this is Twenty20 cricket. We have to be ready to score against any bowler. I think we have enough quality batsmen, got the ability to cope up against one or two bowlers or three to four bowlers. Hopefully it will be a good series.’
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