Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam is confident that Bangladesh’s spin quartet will form a lethal partnership and trouble the opposition batters in the forthcoming two-Test series against West Indies, starting on February 3 in Chattogram.
West Indian batters looked like fish out of water against Bangladesh’s spin attack in their last Test series in Bangladesh back in 2018, where Shakib Al Hasan, Taijul, Mehidy Hasan and Nayeem Islam claimed all 40 opposition wickets in two Tests.
The same four spinners are expected to be part of Bangladesh’s Test team in the forthcoming series, where they will be up against an inexperienced Caribbean side.
Shakib’s availability for the first Test is shrouded in some doubt after the all-rounder suffered a groin injury during the third ODI on Monday and at the time of writing this report there was no new update on his status.
Taijul, who took 10 wickets in that series, is looking forward to rehash that partnership with the other three spinners in the upcoming Test series.
‘I think that I, Miraz [Mehidy], Nayeem and Shakib bhai will form a good partnership inshallah. We will try to perform well,’ Taijul told the media on Thursday.
This could be Shakib’s first Test series since his one-year ban ended last year October and Taijul feels his inclusion would be a great boost for the other spinners.
‘Whenever Shakib bhai is with us he helps the spinners a lot. Shakib bhai detects any special movement of the batsman early on and then shares it with us,’ Taijul said.
Taijul, who is Bangladesh second most successful bowler in the format after Shakib with 114 wickets, needs seven more wickets to become the second bowler after Shakib to take 100 wickets at home Tests.
This series is Bangladesh’s first red-ball assignment in over 10 months, but the left-arm spinner thinks that he is ready to get back into the groove of Test cricket.
‘We are playing at home after a long time. Maybe everything won’t be that easy. But personally speaking, I have been in training for a while now and was also with the ODI team.
‘Being in the squad has allowed me to train more. We are getting quality practise sessions. So hopefully it won’t be a huge problem to comeback.’