Rubel Hossain didn’t play in Bangladesh’s last home series against Australia, which the Tigers drew by b1-1. But with Bangladesh’s next assignment being in pacer-friendly South Africa, it is a certainty that the pace sensation will get at least a few match playing opportunities. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ রুবেলের চাওয়া আমলার উইকেট]
And ahead of the full flerdged away series against the Proteas, Rubel was asked which South Africa batsman he wants to dismiss the most, and Rubel said it would be none other than Hashim Amla.
“There are four to five batsmen in South African team who are in the top 10 of the world ranking. Every wicket of them is very important for us to take. But I will feel better if I can take the wicket of Hashim Amla,” he said.
Besides Rubel, there are four more pacers in the squad in the shape of Taskin Ahmed, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman and Subashish Roy. So it will be very tough for all the pocers to beat others and win a place in the playing elevcen. But Rubel is taking the prospect of competition positively.
“Fair competition is always very good and appreciated. It impacts on the team’s performance. I think the competition in the team is very good. Every pace bowler will seek to perform because they know they have to perform to remain in the team. Such challenge is better for the bowlers. I think every pacer will enjoy such challenge also.
“If I get chance to bowl, I will try to perform well and give breakthrough to the team. I’m ready to fight for the team. When captain will tell me to bowl I’ll give my 100%. If I am fit and sound I could perform better. As I am touring South Africa I’ve enormous self-confidence that I could fare well in this tour.
“I’m working hard in the practice sessions. Regularly I’m doing my gym and focusing more on my fitness. Of course, I have done many works on my bowling; how I could maintain line and length for the longer period. I’m working on my swing. Mainly we all know that there will be advantages for pace bowlers in South African conditions. We have to bowl with much concentration. We, the pace bowlers, became excited to see the grassy wickets. So, we have to pay more attention because maintaining line and length are important on grassy wickets,” he concluded.
Bangladesh have had recent Test successes against the likes of of England, Sri Lanka and Australia. But all of them came in sub-continent conditions whereas they will have to cope up with completely different conditionsn in South Africa, which makes Rubel think the tour will be anything but easy.
“The tour to South Africa will be really challenging. The challenge is not only for me but for the team also. We all know that the wickets in South Africa are pace-friendly. We’ve set our mindset in that fashion. Along with that, we’ve taken our preparation how we have to bowl and bat on those bouncy and pace-supporting decks,” he explained.
Asked about their targets, he came up with a erather more diplomatic andswer, “We haven’t set any targets of winning against South Africa. We have to play better brand of cricket. I think the tour will be better, the Test series will be exciting.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com