Abu Jayed is of the opinion that sticking to usual line and length will do the trick in the third Test at Eden Gardens which is supposed to be a Day-Night affair. The Test, which begins on November 22 will be the first Pink Ball Test in the history of both these cricket-playing nations.
According to Abu Jayed, who was the only shining star in an otherwise bleak and forgettable Bangladesh performance in the opening Test where the visitors were humiliated inside three days, neither they nor their new bowling coach CharlLangeveldt is too worried about pace. “We need to focus on line and length,” Jayed told reporters at the stadium before joining the nets. “Good line and length is the key to thrive in Tests. Bowl at the right line and length creates chances and we had quite a lot of chances [in the opening Test].
“Lang’s bowling philosophy is that we should not get too bogged down because of our lack of pace. A lot of Indian pacers are doing really well with not much pace. Follow the line they are bowling at. Don’t worry about the pace, just try to bowl at the right spots,” he said adding that the pink ball isn’t something that’s totally new to him.
”My brother got me a pink ball from England some 8-10 months ago. That was the first time when I saw a pink ball in person. He used to play with pink balls over there in England. I did not have the opportunity to bowl with that pink ball but I did some seaming.
I still have that ball at home. Today (Sunday) will be my first practice session with a pink ball. Our squad did have a practice session with the pink ball back at Dhaka but I was playing at NCL (National Cricket League) at that time,” he said.
“Today we have a practice session, after bowling with it I will understand the difference. I will discuss our strategy [with the pink ball] with my coaches. As the ball is a new one, we also need to measure the amount of movement the ball gives off. I should also get a hold of the amount of swing that is on offer,” he further added.
Abu Jayed, speaking on a more personal note revealed that he was over the moon after picking up the wicket of Virat Kohli while adding that he was not too frustrated for not getting picked in the Test squad as Bangladesh is heavily reliant on spin while playing at home. The 26-year-old consistently found a hint of swing and seam through the course of the Indian innings and picked up the crucial wickets of Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and CheteshwarPujara. He could have even ended up with a five-for, but ImrulKayes dropped a sitter in the slip cordon on Day 1.
“It’s not frustrating; I don’t bother about missed chances too much,” he said. “I believe it’s part of cricket. I do accept that catches are supposed to be held on to but one can’t change the past by thinking about it. If I keep thinking about the missed chances it will affect me adversely. That’s why I try to create more chances at times like these because they might take those ones. For example, Saif took a great catch which dismissed Pujara (Cheteshwar), it is also a part of cricket.
“It was an amazing feeling to dismiss the two best batsmen of our times. Getting Virat Kohli’s wicket was like a dream come true. I don’t think much about not getting Test call-ups. I always try to make it count when I get the opportunity. Even when we played that Test with a single pacer, I was the one to make the cut. So, I always have that zeal to prove my myself whether it is in matches or at the nets.”
Jay added that he had taken a few tips from Mohammad Shami and keenly followed how the Indian pace bowlers bowled against them in the opening Test at Indore. “They are very senior Test bowlers and they have played a lot of Tests and I was watching how they bowl,” Abu Jayed admitted. “I spoke with [Mohammad] Shamibhai yesterday [Saturday]. As me and Shamibhai, both are seam bowlers I have followed his bowling. In the match, I was observing his bowling carefully.”
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