This was Taskin, so the obvious question to raise was: why did the fast bowlers bowl so poorly?
Taskin, who was usually sociable, was depressed from the beginning. And then he looked scared while facing the barrage of questions.
Taskin, considered the leader of the pace attack, is proud of that record. A flurry of questions followed and when Taskin was asked about the fast bowlers not performing well in this game, he said, “We didn’t bowl well,” before answering further questions on the subject.
He told one, “If you consider the performance of two matches after two years of achievement as haphazard, then it is a failure. We will try to perform well in the future.” “That’s what I’m telling you. There’s no point in giving any excuses. We couldn’t bowl well.” Desperation was clearly visible in his voice.
“Different batsmen have different weaknesses – we have to force them to play more good balls.”
When they were stable, he explained in detail the path to better results.
“We have to be more accurate. Different batsmen have different weaknesses – we have to force them to play more good balls,” he said. “Sometimes we will give away runs but we have to bowl more good balls. We have to execute these plans accordingly. If we can bowl out the opponents on low scores then we will do well.”
“We didn’t bowl as per expectations (in this game), although we were playing mostly in batting-friendly conditions. There was enough space for us to do well. We started poorly, but Shoriful and Mahedi (Hassan) Well of return.”
Hathurusinghe: The execution let us down in this game
In the last match against Afghanistan, Bangladesh took seven wickets for 77 runs on 112 balls bowled outside the off stump.
In the first 37.2 overs against England, Bangladesh did not take any wicket for 108 runs in 83 balls outside the off stump.
However, the plan was to bowl on the stumps, not outside them.
Taskin said that as much as the bowlers will try their best to restrict runs, it is important for the batsmen to try to chase a score of over 300 in mostly batting-friendly conditions.
He said, “Most of the wickets in India will be batting friendly. Our batsmen will have to be ready to chase scores of more than 300, but as bowlers we will also have to think about keeping the opposition below 300. ” “It will happen sometimes but we have to be prepared for both situations.”
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84