Bangladesh's recent rise in cricket can be attributed to their ever-growing pool of bowlers, who have delivered in crucial moments, especially in overseas conditions.
Pacer Taskin Ahmed is one such player who shone on their tour of South Africa before suffering an injury. Now, fully fit and geared to play in the upcoming 3-match T20I series against the West Indies, Ahmed has revealed the advice bowling coach Allan Donald has given to him.
Former South African pacer Donald, also known as 'White Lighting', has asked the right-arm bowler to focus on being aggressive regardless of how many runs he leaks.
According to the Daily Star, Ahmed said, "I talked to him (Donald) to understand what my responsibility would be after coming back from injury. He was making me understand that the type of bowler I am, my your role is to be fast and aggressive.
"There will be times you give away runs. Sometimes you will take wickets alone and win the match but you should not waver from your role. You have to stick to your role and be focused. As days progress, your rhythm will get better and we're going to work more going forward".
Initially not picked for the West Indies tour, Ahmed is replacing Mohammad Saifuddin, who is ruled out of the white-ball leg after suffering a back injury.
He has represented the Bangla Tigers in 11 Tests, 48 ODIs, and 33 T20Is.
Recently, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan praised the 27-year-old for being the backbone of the bowling attack.
The Dhaka-born responded in kind, saying: "Obviously very inspired to hear Shakib bhai speak such words. It will give me added inspiration. Will try to maintain process to improve myself and overcome weaknesses. There are still weaknesses and improving on those can help make me a more complete bowler so that I can help the team win more in the future. That's the goal."
The first T20I against hosts Windies will be played on July 2, with the second and third games taking place on July 3, and 7, respectively.
Patidar, who scored a match-winning 122 and 30* for MP in the Ranji Trophy 2021-22 final against Mumbai, finished the competition as the second-highest run-getter with 658 runs, behind Mumbai's Sarfaraz Khan (982).