Though there was talk of rest from the team management, he was somehow dropped from the XI of the second ODI against Sri Lanka. Taskin Ahmed, who has been in great rhythm for the last few days, seemed a little rhythmless in the previous match. After being wicketless for 72 runs in 9 overs, the fast bowler had to lag behind others in many respects. For such batting ability, Mohammad Saifuddin is ahead in the fight to stay in the XI. Young Shariful Islam also made his debut in place of Taskin in the second match by bowling at the expense of the first ODI. It’s not about the game, whether the story of his return starts from the second ODI.
Kalerkantho won the toss and elected to bat. Bangladesh lost to Saifuddin in the first half. Before being run out, the ball of Sri Lankan fast bowler Dushmant Chamira hit him behind the helmet. The pace bowling all-rounder was rushed to hospital from the field after showing some signs of concussion. As Saifuddin’s ‘Like for Like Replacement’, Taskin went to the ‘Conclusion Sub’. Although he was not supposed to play, he got a chance to bowl. Although he did not get any wicket in that opportunity, he spent only 26 runs in 8 overs. The random bowler of the previous match seemed to have used the opportunity he got in the next match. Taskin’s place in the XI was inevitable in the last match of the series as Saif did not return to play. The right-arm pacer demanded to be regular in the ODI XI after taking 4 wickets for 46 runs in this match.
After returning from the ODI series against the West Indies last January, he was hardly getting wickets. However, he also missed a number of catches during this period. However, he was not able to be very consistent in influential bowling. He also lost his place in the XI after bowling in the first ODI against the Lankans and got it back in the same match. In the last match, captain Tamim Iqbal used him in four spells. Although he was wicketless in the first spell, he caught two important victims in the next spell. Two more in the next two spells. During this time he was occasionally seen bowling in cross seams.
To be more effective, Taskin received advice from his childhood coach, Mahbub Ali, to bowl in a cross seam before the start of the series. Knowing that this old formula can work, Taskin also applied it. Explaining the benefits of that, Kal Mahbub said, “When you cross the seam, the ball vibrates.” That is why it is a bit difficult for the batsmen to understand the delivery. I told Taskin to try to bowl in the cross overs in the middle overs. He did that too. It seems he has been successful in the middle overs. Now we have to work on how to do better. ‘