The short contract of Bangladesh’s spin consultant Sunil Joshi has been extended until September, 2018. He joined Bangladesh team before their two match Test series against Australia and senior players recommended to Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for the extension after the completion of the series.
In the recently concluded two-test series, Bangladesh performed brilliantly. Along with Shakib Al Hasan, other two spinners Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam performed well too.
Sunil Joshi recently had a long chat with sportstarlive.com and there he talked about his experience with the Tigers.
He said, “It was a different and an enriching experience to pride in, I worked on the basics and technical issues. I advised them on how to use the crease and explore various angles with the right field placements. Actually, field placements form an essential part of a spinner’s armoury and I am glad that Shakib and Mehdi were quick to understand my suggestions.”
Former left-arm spinner of India added, “Mehdi has an amazing seam and wrist position. I have not seen a bowler so young (19) get such good drift with the ball. Shakib is an expert at varying the angle and length and his field positions can be stifling. The nuances I picked from (Bishan Singh) Bedi sir were passed on to these two spinners.”
However, Bangladesh managed to win the first Test in Mirpur although they lost the second one. Their historic win in Mirpur was guided by the magnificent bowling from Bangladeshi spinners.
Joshi thinks this Bangladesh side are very inquisitive and he has strong belief that Bangladesh Cricket is in the right track.
He said, “I have fond memories of Bangladesh and this one was special too. It came in a different role and what I liked was that the Bangladesh players learnt their lessons in quick time.”
Former Indian cricketer added, “They are very inquisitive. At the end of the day’s play, they would come to discuss all the three sessions. I have seen few Indians do that in first-class cricket.”
Sunil Joshi concluded, “The celebrations were incredible. The whole nation rejoiced in the win, which meant a lot for Bangladesh cricket. Believe me, Bangladesh bating Australia is a fantastic result for world cricket. I can say with assurance that Bangladesh cricket is on the right path and it will emerge as a strong Test nation in the times to come.”