Dhaka – Right-arm fast bowler Rubel Hossain believes Bangladeshi pace bowlers are capable enough to dominate in the limited-overs cricket against tourists West Indies as the way the spinners showed their influence in the Test series.“Obviously, Bangladesh pacers are capable enough to win the series as the West Indies pacers did against Bangladesh in their home. I believe we can repeat the act in the home as well. The wicket might not be helpful for the spinners unlike Tests. I hope they can win matches for the team,” he said on Wednesday after the practice at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Bangladesh outplayed the tourists in the two-match Test series where the Caribbean boys were totally clueless to face the challenge of Bangladeshi spinners. The hosts went into the second and final Test of the series in Dhaka with an all-spin attack which was the first instance of its kind for the Tigers. The spin attack comprising Shakib Al Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Nayeem Hasan bagged all 40 wickets of the visitors in the series.
Rubel Hossain thinks Bangladesh will think a different bowling approach in the limited-overs series.
“The wickets of the Test series were built to favour the spinners. As a pacer, it’s disappointing to me that I couldn’t play in the Tests as the spinners did well. But, I think the wickets of the limited-overs will be different, and the wicket will not favour only the spinners,” he said.
The 28-year-old pacer backed the team strategy to play four spinners in the second Test of the series as he said: “It’s disappointing that we’ve played a Test match without having a pacer in the playing XI. But, we succeeded and that was the plan according to the condition.”
Rubel scalped five wickets during the last one-day series against West Indies in July. He was fabulous in the death-overs bowling. The right-arm pacer who has been playing in the international cricket for a long period of nine years now is hopeful to do the same in the forthcoming series.
“Since I have to bowl in death-overs, I have been working hard to develop my bowling and bring it to the next level. I used to bowl in such situations where the team can win or lose the matches from. So, I need to stay focused in death-overs bowling, and I have been doing that,” Ruble told reporters.
The Tigers will face the Caribbean boys in three one-dayers. While the first two of them will be held in Dhaka on December 9 and 11, the third and final match will take place in Sylhet International Stadium on 14.Right after the one-day series, the both teams will lock horns in three T20Is.UNB