Winning against Zimbabwe doesn’t mean all: Taijul Islam

Persistent failure in longer version matches put Bangladesh in threshold in recent times. And now as another five-day encounter is looming at home against relatively weaker opponent Zimbabwe, Bangladesh are looking to resurrect from the state of failure.

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The hosts’ left-arm spinner Taijul Islam who happens to be the most experienced bowler to confront in the squad stated the importance of winning a Test match right now although he said a victory against Zimbabwe would not scrub the failures.

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“Winning against big opponents bring much relief. If we could defeat Zimbabwe, it would increase our self-confidence to perform better against better teams in future,” Taijul Islam said.

But guarding against any sort of complacency, the premium spinner opined performing well is the most important thing to do because in any given day, any team can win the momentum.

“Playing against a relatively weaker opponent brings much pressure. Everyone says Bangladesh will win against Zimbabwe. But we might lose as well if we failed to perform. And it happened in Sylhet, not many days ago,” Taijul said.

Taijul’s career-best 8-39 came against Zimbabwe, a performance that made him the premium spinner of the country.

‘’It’s not that I only picked up wickets against Zimbabwe. Against other opponents too, I took wickets. As I said earlier, you have to land the ball in the right areas, whatever the opponent is. If you can’t bowl well, even the Zimbabwe batsman would hit you,” Taijul said.

He continued,

“When we play at home condition, it gives us some relief. But at the same time, everybody wants us to win when we play at our home. I think it is natural to do well at home.”

The only test match starts between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe on February 22.

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