Bangladesh pacer Abu Jayed on Sunday said that the first Test against India was a learning experience for him as he was able to closely observe the deadly Indian pace attack at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.
The Tigers conceded a humiliating innings and 130-run defeat against India within the third day of the Test after most of their players provided disappointing performances in both batting and bowling departments.
Bangladeshi batsmen struggled against a ruthless Indian pace attack, especially against in-form pacer Mohammed Shami, who picked up seven wickets in the match and dismantled Bangladeshi batting line-up in both the innings.
The 29-year old pacer, who is the third highest wicket-taker in Tests in 2019 with 31 wickets, claimed 3-27 and 4-31 respectively against the Tigers in Indore which helped India bowl out the visitors for 150 and 213 runs respectively.
The performance in the Test match also helped Shami break into the ICC’s top 10 Test bowlers ranking for the first time in his career and Jayed, who claimed 4-108 in the first innings, wished to emulate Shami’s bowling in Tests.
‘It is a learning experience. They are very senior Test bowlers, they have played a lot of Tests,’ Jayed told reporters in Indore. ‘I spoke with [Mohammed] Shami bhai yesterday [Saturday]. As me and Shami bhai both are seaming bowlers I have followed his bowling.
‘In the match I was observing his bowling carefully. I have compared heights, is he taller than me or the same. I felt that maybe I can bowl like Shami,’ he added.
Jayed claimed that he was concentrating on maintaining a good line and length in the first Test but admitted of giving away loose deliveries every now and then.
‘Length and line are keys for a Test bowler. If you bowl there, you will get chances when the batsman makes a mistake. And a few chances were created. In the first match I conceded quite a few boundaries. It would have been better had I avoided them,’ he said.
Jayed also expressed his excitement of taking the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and termed Kohli’s wicket as his dream wicket.
‘Of course it felt good. I was trying to get the ball to swing as I was not getting much movement off the pitch. I feel that my key thing is swing. I have to swing the ball to beat the batsman. So I tried to bowl at good spots,’ he said.
‘They are the top two batsmen in the world. Virat Kohli is the world’s number one batsman. Getting him out is a dream wicket. Virat Kohli’s dismissal was my life’s dream wicket,’ he added.