After a run of four straight losses, Bangladesh face a slim chance of reaching the semi-finals.
The Tigers need to secure emphatic wins in their remaining four matches and rely on favorable results in the remaining matches to keep their hopes alive.
“I’ve played in this World Cup so far and watched it as well. It’s not much for the bowlers. It’s kind of batting friendly, all the pitches,” Taskin, who has just two wickets in three matches, told reporters. on the eve of their clash with the Netherlands.
“In these batting friendly wickets in India, the long batting teams get the advantage. None of the teams in the subcontinent, except India, are doing well.”
“Teams that have been able to score big totals are doing well and have a higher success rate,” he added, referring to the South African campaign in particular.
South Africa have scored more than 400 and have crossed the 300 mark three times in this World Cup.
Struggling with both form and rhythm, Taskin said it’s not about speed, but the skills that would bring success in these conditions. “It is not all about speed. As we have seen, there are express fast bowlers in the world, they also struggle and escape,” he said.
“So in those conditions it’s not all about speed. You need some variation skills and awareness of the game. So it’s not all about speed. You need a lot of skill to do well on this kind of surface,” he said. Taskin.
Taskin, who missed the matches against India and South Africa due to a recurring shoulder injury, is set to make a comeback against the Netherlands.
“I’ve had this shoulder injury for two years now. I tore a tendon, it hurts a bit and I’m managing it. I played the Asian Cup with it. I feel much better now,” he added. he said.
Asked if he would be able to give 100 per cent even if he sprained his ankle, Taskin said: “As a player, I always want to play. My doctor in the UK told me that there is no guarantee that I will be fit even after the operation, so it is a last resort .” . Every pacer in the world has a little something.’
“Shakib didn’t break any rule”
A day after their 149 runs in South Africa, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan left the team to return home to Dhaka to be with his personal mentor. Taskin said it did not affect team spirit and continued to “appreciate” his dedication to the game.
“He did not break any rule. It was a day of rest and as Calcutta is very close to Dhaka. He did not go for any purpose other than cricket and took proper permission for that.”
“He spent four hours in batting practice and came back the next day. We really appreciated how driven he is to bat. We had dinner together when he came back. The atmosphere in the team is good and we hope to start again,” he said.
“The campaign is not over yet”
Bangladesh, defending champions England and the Netherlands occupy the bottom three spots in the table with two points from five matches. Taskin remained hopeful that they still had a chance if they could win all four of their remaining games.
“It’s not over yet. We still have four games to go. If we can win those four, anything can happen because the run-rate is an issue and like a lot of teams like England and Afghanistan beat England, they lost against Sri Lanka.”
“So if we can win (all) four, maybe (a) different story, but right now we plan to go game by game. Yeah, we didn’t play as well as we expected from both teams.” batting and bowling but still four matches to go. So we’re looking forward to doing well,” he said.
“We didn’t do well enough, so there’s a lot more improvement. But we also know we’re better than that. And we’re capable. But yeah, we didn’t lead well. So hopefully we can do that.” in the next four games.”
(With PTI inputs)
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