Improved Rabbi expects selectors’ nod
Pacer Kamrul Islam Rabbi is one of those Test specialists currently out of the limelight. But since making his five-dayer debut against England last year, he has so far played five Test matches, taking 7 wickets, and with the Australia Tests impending, he is again back in focus.
While talking to the reporters at the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) lounge on Sunday (July 23), Rabbi informed that he learned to bowl swinging deliveries recently and at the same time, he is working on other variations, including looking to bowl consistently in one particular area.
“He (Courtney Walsh, Bangladesh pace bowling coach) is working on spot bowling. And after the conditioning camp, we will start bowling in full rhythm. Obviously he is a great cricketer and we are getting benefit, both mentally and technically from his experiences. We, the players, have a very good friendly relationship with him, which helps us. The main thing which he does is boost our confidence,” said Rabbi.
“And being a professional player, we all know what to do as coaches encourage you. We are learning a lot from his experiences. Although the seniors don’t need to gain confidence, juniors like us get confidence from him.
“As far as the technical aspect is concerned, I think my balance has improved a lot. Earlier, I couldn’t swing the ball but now I am able to do so. Whatever I know at the moment, I am trying to sharpen those things. And that’s my aim at the moment. It’s important to bowl consistently in one particular area and I am trying to maintain that,” he added.
Rabbi did not get a match in the Tigers’ most recent two Tests in Sri Lanka, but he was confident of making his way back into the Test team. “I always believe in the strength of my own performances. If I can perform well the selectors will look my way. It is very natural that those who play well will be chosen for the national team.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com