Timesworld desk: Bangladesh spinners will give the side the edge in their maiden tour of India, said all-rounder Mehedi Hasan Miraz. The Tigers left Dhaka yesterday for Hyderabad for the lone Test match, starting from February 9.
At home, India are well known to charge their opponents with world-class slow bowlers, led by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Chances are high that the host would stick to their spin-dominated attack, given the wicket at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. The track is known for producing substantial turn to the spinners.
The last time India hosted a Test at this venue was four years ago against Australia and the current ICC number one Test spinner Ashwin had walked off as the hero with a five-wicket haul in the third innings. India went on to win the game by an innings and 135 runs.
Prior to that, in 2012, Ashwin had mesmerised the crowd in Hyderabad with 12 wickets against New Zealand. The home side won by an innings and 115 runs.
Mehedi however, is confident that Bangladesh also have good spinners, led by Shakib al Hasan. Other spinners in the 15-member squad are Taijul Islam, Mahmudullah and Mehedi himself, who has earned a lot of plaudits recently for his off-spin.
We have good and experienced spinners in the team. We will have to be consistent for a good result. India have very good batsmen but if we are able to bowl in the right areas, I think we can end with a good result
“We have good and experienced spinners in the team. We will have to be consistent for a good result. India have very good batsmen but if we are able to bowl in the right areas, I think we can end with a good result,” said Mehedi.
Mehedi, who made his Test debut in October 2016 at home against England, said if the opportunity arises, he will take advice from Ashwin.
“He is a world-class cricketer. I will try to get some tips from him after the game and also observe him from closely if I get to play the game. This experience will be helpful for me,” said Mehedi.
Left-arm spinner Taijul echoed a similar sentiment. Taijul did not get a game in the recently concluded tour of New Zealand but thanks to the track in Hyderabad, he might return to action. In his 11 Test appearances so far since his debut in 2014, Taijul has played India once, in Fatullah’s Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in June 2015. The left-arm spinner went wicket-less in that game, bowling 20 overs and conceding 85 runs.
“The wicket in Fatullah was flat and on top of that, India had a big batting line-up who play spin well. I hope this time around, things will be different and there will be help from the wicket,” said Taijul.