After his dismal performance in the warm-up matches ahead of the start of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales, pacer Taskin Ahmed didn’t get chance to play the first two matches of the tournament proper against England and Australia respectively.
But with the Cardiff pitch promising to have some moisture on it because of the overcast conditions in Wales for last few days which was surely going to help the seamers, Bangladesh team management decided to play four pacers, and bringing Taskin Ahmed back into the side in place of off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz.
Taskin also proved his worth by picking two wickets at expense of just 43 runs in 8 overs with an impressive economy rate of 5.38. Taskin grabbed the prized wickets of Kiwi opener Luke Ronchi and the ever dangerous Ross Taylor.
And in his exclusive column for ICC on their official website, former Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar Sumon has descibed the decision to field Taskin Ahmed as bold and correct.
“I thought the decision to field Taskin Ahmed was both bold and correct, and I don’t say it with the benefit of hindsight. Taskin is a wicket-taking bowler, and as New Zealand was to find out later in the day, a wicket-taker is always of greater value than a line-and-length bowler,” Bashar wrote.
He also thought, “In many ways, every move by Mashrafe Mortaza turned out to be a master-stroke. He took a gamble by introducing Mossadek Hossain’s off-spin late in the innings, and it paid rich dividends as New Zealand was restricted to 265 when it looked on course for a total in the range of 290.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com