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Taijul Islam vows to remain a containing bowler

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Bangladesh's leading left-arm spinner Taijul Islam said on Monday that his bowling philosophy of containing the batsman is earning him dividend in the Test format.

Taijul, who is regarded as a Test specialist, doesn't want to compromise with it, and considers it to be his major area of strength.

Taijul picked six wickets in the second inning against West Indies as the visitors folded for 139 in chase of a 204-run target to continue his superb run of form this year as it was his fourth five-wicket haul in the last three Tests.

Taijul grabbed 40 wickets from just six games, putting him fourth in the list of wicket-takers in Tests this year, six wickets behind South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada, who leads the table with 46 scalps from nine matches. Taijul, who picked up maiden five-wicket haul on his Test debut against the same opposition four years ago, has successfully established himself as one of the most important members of the Bangladesh Test side.

"Whether it's a four-man spin attack or two-man spin attack, I always concentrate on bowling to contain runs," Taijul told reporters at Dhaka on Wednesday.

"I just wanted to contain the batsman. Even if you don't pick wickets, if you are checking the runs it will help the bowlers from the other end to pick wickets. Cricket is such a game that someone will pick wickets while someone else will stop the flow of runs. I just wanted to follow my process. Getting wickets is something that has got lot to do with fate," he said.

Taijul echoed skipper Shakib al Hasan's opinion that the spinners need to evolve, and added that with experience, there can be an addition of game sense.

"I think we need to develop [game sense] it. But you need give time. You will see lot of bowlers doing well after three four years in Test. Test cricket is a difficult format perhaps seeing from outside it looks the same but inside the field the situation changes quite drastically. When we get down the ground we have to notice a lot of things so you need to give time," said Taijul.

"See Miraz [Mehedi Hasan] came into the scene probably for two years while I am around for four years and there is newcomer Nayeem Hasan. I won't say we did badly but we need to develop our game sense. When we will spend some more years at that point Nayeem and Miraj will certainly come up with better performance,'' he added.

Taijul added that he is inspired to do well in the presence of Shakib as it inspires him to be close to the ace all-rounder but insisted there is no way both can be compared.

"Whether it is in Asia or away, there is no one who can be compared to Shakib bhai. Still when I pick wickets when there is Shakib bhai around, it is really satisfying as it inspires me to do well thinking though I won't be like Shakib bhai at least I can go close to him someday. You can compare Shakib bhai with Shakib bhai only," said Taijul.

Taijul picked 94 wickets in 22 Tests, and has the chance to eclipse Shakib [28 Tests] to become the feastest Bangladesh bowler to 100 Test wickets.

"I am not thinking anything about it[fastest to 100 Test wickets for Bangladesh]. If there is wicket in my fate, I will get, otherwise not so. I only need to concentrate on bowling in the right area as it gives you a better chance of picking wickets," he added.

Taijul added that he is not too worried about the competition for spots in the national side and believes his work ethics will be enough to get past them unless he is absolutely unlucky.

"Playing cricket itself is a competition and I will play only if I perform and will be dropped if I am not performing. There are times when you might not be picked due to match situation and you must accept it. All you need to do is perform," Taijul said.

"At that point [when there is no Test cricket around] if there is domestic competition, I play there or else do my individual training session. I think one must have the challenge within himself because if I don't do my practice regularly with the right kind of devotion [when there is nothing for me to do] eventually I will end up lagging behind. I always try to keep myself updated to be among the front runner,'' he added.

Taijul, who scored an unbeaten 39 and added valuable 56 runs for the ninth wicket in the opening Test that helped the host post 324 runs in the first innings, is looking forward to taking some confidence when he gets to bat in future.

"I enjoy batting when I am contributing. Apart from batting every now and then, there is nothing more I do," said Taijul. "You need to have confidence to score runs perhaps these innings will help me to gain confidence for the upcoming matches," he concluded.

Daily Bangladesh/Sohug

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