We had specific plan against Taylor: Rabbi

Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque were the hero for Bangladesh on the first day of the ongoing Test match against New Zealand at Basin Reserve in Wellington. On the second day, it was Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. But it’s hard to find out who the real hero of the third day for the Tigers, as the day didn’t actually belong to them. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ পরিকল্পিত আক্রমণেই আউট টেইলর!


However, thanks to two grabs with the ball in hand, it can be said that Kamrul Islam Rabbi was Bangladesh’s most, and probably the only, successful player of the day. That’s why he was the man to come to the post-day press conference.

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Rabbi took two vital wickets of New Zealand. First he removed the opener Jeet Ravel. But it was the prized wicket of Ross Taylor which caught the most attention towards Rabbi. So quite naturally he was asked about being successful against such a seasoned batsman in the form of Taylor.

“We had our specific plan against Taylor,” said Rabbi in response to a query. “We had done our homework about him. From there we got to know that he gets LBW most of the time. During the tea break, the coach told me that, ‘your balls are going inside, try to hit his body so that he could be LBW once it hits his leg.”

However, Taylor wasn’t eventually dismissed in the form of LBW. Rather he tried to pull off Rabbi and in the process got caught in the safe hands of Mahmudullah Riyad. “Actually I was lucky to have got him with that delivery,” said Rabbi. “If Taylor could time the ball perfectly, then the ball would race to the boundary. But luckily he mistimed the shot and had to return to the pavilion.”

Rabbi also added, “From what I understand, the wicket we are playing on is a sporting one. If I can pitch the ball in the right areas, then the batsmen are bound to be in trouble. So I just tried to keep my length right, and this earned me the wickets. Besides I got some other chances as well, but in the end they didn’t click out.”

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent,

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