In many ways, Test cricket in Bangladesh is almost a throwback to the 1990s era in India. Devoid of fast bowlers, they rely heavily on spinners to get the job done on black soil pitches, which are often on the slow side. Tourists don’t have to think long about what to expect in Bangladesh. You get what you expect, but once on the field it doesn’t get any easier for the opponent.
Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan may not have the cunning and composure of Ravichandran Ashwin, Nathan Lyons or Ravindra Jadeja. Nor are they in the mold of their predecessors Mohammad Rafique and Abdur Razzak, who operate within constraints. Instead, the trio possesses the right arsenal to match the circumstances, which aren’t the easiest to adapt to. Despite having an overcrowded pool of spinners – especially of the left arm variety – they are still a bit old fashioned in the sense that there is no mystery to any of them.
But ask all touring hitters what it’s like to face the spinners of Bangladesh. Time and time again, with men packed close together and a talkative wicket-keeper – be it Mushfiqur Rahim or Nurul Hasan – resorting to an overreaction every time a batsman chooses to release a pitch that closes is near the stumps or when one of them has just the right amount of spin to take the ball away from the bat, they can hear the decibel levels rise around them. (READ MORE)