Bangladeshi spin bowling duo Abdur Razzak and Sohag Gazi will be looking to cement their places in the squad when Bangladesh play the three-match one-day international series against India next month at home. Experienced left-arm spinner Razzak and off-spinner Gazi had been far from their very best in the recent times and their dip in form only added misery to the Tigers’ fortune.
With the India series knocking at the door, both know the importance of regaining their form in order to help the Tigers restore some lost pride.
Gazi, who recently missed the opportunity to tour West Indies with the Bangladesh A team for injury, is learning the importance of adding variety to his bowling armoury.
‘Variation has become paramount for me,’ Gazi told reporters at the BCB Academy ground.
‘I am trying to change areas, bring more variation to my bowling,’ said Gazi, the first Bangladeshi to score a century and a hat-trick in a Test match.
‘Opposition analyse me quickly, through more video of my bowling,’ said Gazi.
‘Our next opponents will also know my strengths and weaknesses, so I
have to work harder. I must improve day by day,’ he said.
Gazi said that he is trying to spin the ball more rather than just pitching it on a certain place which he believes has become quite understandable now a days.
‘If you cannot spin the ball it would be hard to survive,’ said Gazi.
‘Previously my skill training was on giving more turn to my bowling,’ said Gazi. ‘Now there are few areas that I am working on that will help me turn the ball more while I am also honing my skills to master the arm-ball even better,’ he added.
Gazi also suggested the need of a spin bowling coach who would help during these times.
‘I think it is important to have a coach for every department,’ said Gazi
‘Saqlain Mustaq knew what a bowler wants, what is his requirement and I kept his advice in mind, which I am implementing,’ said Gazi.
Razzak said it is important to contribute for team rather than earning personal accolades and he believes that remaining positive is the only way to do well.
‘I don’t look at statistics, but put more focus on working hard, and giving what my team needs,’ said Razzak, the first Bangladeshi bowler to take 200 ODI wickets.
‘Through good or bad times, it is important to stay positive. People will talk, but one cannot always hold on to these things,’ said Razzak.
‘We have to move on. It is better to keep myself cool, and work hard,’ he added.
-With New Age input