Shahadat recalls getting sledged by Gilchrist
Bangladesh is all set to host Australia for a two match Test series after a long gap of 10 years. In the wake of this much anticipated series, many old forgotten memories are creeping up as players from both the sides who took part in that momentous series in 2006 are reminiscing old incidents. Bangladeshi fast bowler, Shahadat Hossain, who was a part of the Bangladesh squad in that series, recently talked about his memories from that series. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ শাহাদাতকে গালি দিয়েছিলেন গিলক্রিস্ট!]
Shahadat claimed that legendary Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist was having a hard time facing him and a frustrated Gilchrist had abused him verbally.
“I was verbally abused by Gilchrist,” Shahadat said. “He missed one of my deliveries and fell down. After getting up he started using a lot of foul language against me.”
Shahadat was excited to play alongside his cricketing ‘Hero’ Brett Lee. He wanted to chat with him. “Ponting’s Australia side was a dream team. Who wasn’t there in that side! I was really hoping to talk with Brett Lee. Brett Lee was my hero. I thought if he encourages me even once, I will gain more confidence and will be able to improve.”
Shahadat wasn’t fluent in English. So Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Enamul Haque Jr helped him to converse with Lee. “I couldn’t speak English well. So,Mashrafe and Enamul Haque Jr helped me to talk with Brett Lee. Brett Lee said to me that I can bowl very fast and I will improve as I continue to play more. His words really encouraged me to do well.”