15 days to go: Dexterous Taskin Ahmed
15 Days left: Taskin Ahmed. The name had once created loads of buzz around the social media, with the video of a young tall lad, bowling with speed and aggression, ripping the English Under 19 Batsmen. His popularity further rose to greater heights, in the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League, where he buffeted his team, the Chittagong Kings to the finals, with 8 wickets in 4 matches. A young cub, was seen by millions, to start growing into a young roaring tiger.
His dextrous spells and wrecking pace, soon found him a place in the Bangladesh National Team. Playing his debut international against Australia, as a replacement for Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, in the 2014 World T20, Taskin showed glimpses of his talents, with an economic spell of 1-24, which included the wicket of Glenn Maxwell. However, this proved to only be a spark of his flair, as he wrecked the Indian batting line up in the months to follow to get a bellicose 5 for 28, in his debut ODI against India in mid June.
However, injuries shadowed his glooming position in the team, as he had to be sidelined after the West Indies tour, only to return in the recently concluded Dhaka Premier League. As the clouds of injury blew away, Taskin shined with his domestic performances to earn a place in World Cup Squad.
“Taskin is young and strongly built, having height as an added advantage. He can bowl bowl quick and can cut the ball into the batsmen” Heath Streak, the Bangladeshi bowling coach stated, “He has a sound action, but has to work on his fitness levels to counter injury problems.” He further added, “I’m really hopeful about his prospect, and I’m sure he will do well in conditions that suit fast bowlers. He could be the surprise weapon for our bowling attack which also has experienced campaigners like Masrafe.”
Rookie Taskin, could prove to be an attacking option in the tiger attack, especially with his downwind pace and accurate line, in the Australian and New Zealand wickets. In a recent interview, he spoke about working on making the ball swing, even if he believes that his speed is his main advantage, and he would further specialise in it, to perform in the World Cup. Taskin, the youngest in the Bangladeshi roster, will only be playing his fourth ODI, and that too in his very first World Cup. He’s got the opportunity to lighten up in the greatest platform of cricket, and produce as many scalps as possible, with conditions more suitable for him, than that in Bangladesh. With only 15 days left in hand for the World Cup to begin, youngsters like Taskin could prove their ability and establish a permanent place in the red and green team.
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