Taijul unmoved by looming milestones

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 24,2019


A file photo from August 20 shows Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam bowling during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. — BCB photo

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam on Friday said that he wasn’t thinking about any personal milestones and was looking to help the team with his performances in the forthcoming Test match against Afghanistan.

Taijul, with 99 Test wickets, is all set to become the third Bangladeshi bowler to take 100 wickets in the five-day format when Bangladesh host Afghanistan for a one-off Test series, scheduled from September 5-9 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

Apart from Sakib al Hasan and Mohammad Rafique, who have bagged 205 and 100 wickets respectively for Bangladesh in Tests, no other cricketer has achieved the feat so far for the Tigers.

Taijul could also break a few more records in the match as he has the chance to become the quickest Bangladeshi bowler to pick up 100 Test wickets.

Sakib completed the feat in his 28th Test while Taijul, who is set to play his 25th Test match against Afghanistan, could overtake Sakib’s record and become the fastest to achieve the feat.

If Taijul picks more than one wicket in the match, he will surpass Rafique as the country’s second most successful bowler in the longest format of the game.   

‘I don’t think about these things too much. When I go into the field, I try to bag five wickets, six wickets. I don’t play for one wicket. I always think to help the Bangladesh team,’ Taijul told reporters at Mirpur.

Taijul, who was recently included in the national one-day international set-up in the absence of Sakib al Hasan, had a decent outing against Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series in Colombo.

Although he got just one wicket in two matches, he was very economical in those contests and also made career best unbeaten 39 runs in the third and final ODI of the series.

The 27-year old, who has played six ODIs so far, believed that he can deliver better performances if he gets opportunities in the coming days in white-ball cricket as well.

‘Like others, I also have dreams to play ODIs. If the selectors think I can perform in ODIs and if I get selected for the ODIs as well then I will try to perform well,’ he said.

‘Cricket is a more competitive game now. At the same time, I have been trying to improve my batting so I can help the team when requires.’

Taijul was happy to see his senior bowling partner Sakib returning to national team for the Afghanistan Test and admitted that Sakib’s presence in the team made his job easy.

‘Things are tough without Sakib Bhai. He has the experience and he is the number one all-rounder in the world. The opponent batsmen play him carefully which creates chances for bowlers like us,’ said Taijul.

‘His presence makes our job easy. Sakib bhai will join in the next series which is good news for Bangladesh team,’ he added.

Taijul was also keen to learn from their new coaching panel especially from their new spin bowling coach Daniel Vettori, who will start his work from the India series in November this year.

‘He [Vettori] is a legend. We are lucky as spinners to get his advice. We will try to learn as much as we can from him,’ said Taijul.

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