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Published on February 8th, 2017 | by Sandipan Banerjee

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Adopting to the conditions is the key, says Taijul Islam

There might not be much of a difference between the wickets of Dhaka and Hyderabad, but according to Taijul Islam, the Bangladesh left-arm spinner, his team needs to acclimatise properly take challenge India in the one-off Test series.

In the initial schedule of the tour, there was no practice game, but the BCB requested the BCCI to accommodate a warm-up match. Coming straightway from New Zealand and acclimatization to the spin-friendly wickets was visitor’s main motive behind that request.

“The aim was to come here and acclimatise to the weather and play a practice match to see how the wickets are, and what kind of shots the Indian batsmen play on these wickets. Whether it is batting or bowling, we will look to adopt what we have done well and use that in the Test.” Taijul was saying on the sidelines of two-day warm-up match against India A at the Gymkhana ground in Hyderabad.

However, in the side game, Bangladesh batting and bowling failed miserably. Batting first Bangladeshi only managed to put up 224 in the board and their bowlers only took six wickets, by leaking 461 in just 90 overs at 5.12 runs per over.

Taijul said, following this off-coloured performance, some works are needed to be done in the Bangladesh camp before the Test match.

“We now have to work on those very things, and work out what we have to do. India have batsmen who are even better [Against spin], so they may be even more attacking. We have two days before the match and we will work on these things and how we bowl to their batsmen.”

“Of course it will be an extra challenge and they [India] always play well in their conditions,” Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam was saying on the sidelines of the warm-up game.

He also added, playing against India at their own backward is an extra challenge.

“Of course it will be an extra challenge and they [India] always play well in their conditions,”

Recently, in an interview with CricketSoccer, Wriddhiman Saha mentioned, the Indian think-tank is expecting Bangladesh to be more competitive than England, whom Virat Kohli’s men recently thrashed 4-0 in a five-match series. Taijul feels, such kind of appreciation and respect coming from a regular member of the number one ranked Test team is a result of Bangladesh’s recent performance at the Test level despite the results not coming their way most of the time.

“Recently, we have beaten England at home. So we have the confidence level to do well [in similar conditions]. Even in the two Tests in New Zealand, both our batsmen and bowlers were competitive in the first innings, but couldn’t hold onto our grip in the second. That’s why the results did not come in our favour. But, in conditions over here [in Hyderabad], we are well capable enough to do well. It [This Test match] will be a challenge for us,” Taijul explained.

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