Your bowlers are not smart: Donald

Donald former SA pacer

The performance of the Bangladesh bowlers has been below average in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa. Former South African pacer Allan Donald had a lot to say about the bowlers when he met a reporter of Bangladesh’s famous newspaper Kaler Kantho. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বাংলাদেশি বোলারদের ডোনাল্ডের পরামর্শ]

Donald said the bowlers need to be smart: “Your bowlers have to be smart. Only skills won’t make you a good bowler, smartness is also very important to get success. If they aren’t able to learn anything from Walsh, then I will say they are not smart enough.”

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He added: “Bangladesh have some good bowlers. But I don’t see anyone bowling with some plans. Though its not right to say so much about them for me as I don’t see all the matches of Bangladesh.”

The former pacer also told about his times: “I think when it comes to bowling, the bowler himself is the captain. The captain will set the field that’s right but it has to match with the bowler’s thinking. We used to do like this in our time. But I didn’t see today that any of the Bangladeshi bowler went to the skipper and talked.”

He included: “I only saw your skipper (Mashrafe) who bowled smartly and had some plans. Maybe he was hit for boundaries, but he had some definite plans unlike other bowlers. I saw Mustafizur in Test series. He bowled very well in IPL. But Test is very different than ODI and T20. He has to take this challenge. For becoming a world class bowler, he has to bowl well in the flat wickets too.”

When asked if he thinks that Walsh is a bad coach, he said: “Where is Walsh’s fault here? You have got a world class and legendary bowler as coach. If your bowlers don’t learn anything from him, then its their failure.”