Bangladesh bowler Abu Jayed: After India defeated Bangladesh in the first Test of the two-match series by an innings and 130 runs, Bangladesh pacer Abu Jayed has taken tips from Mohammed Shami. He also discussed his preparations for the first-ever pink-ball game between the two teams, scheduled to be played at the Eden Gardens from November 22.
Jayed was the only impressive bowler for Bangladesh in the first Test in Indore. Out of the six wickets that India lost, the right-handed pacer dismissed four opponent batsmen including skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. He conceded 115 runs in his 25 overs.
Both the teams are new to pink-ball. The bowlers from both sides are making preparations ahead of the Kolkata match. Jayed, the main Bangladesh pacer, has sought advice from right-handed Indian pacer. He has also found similarities between him and Shami, claiming both of them use the seam.
Making his debut last year, he has played six Test matches and claimed 15 wickets. The 26-year-old bowler said that he has seen Shami bowling with extra attention and compared his height with the Indian pacer. Jayed said that he has also figured he could bowl like Shami. n Indore’s Holkar Cricket Stadium, Shami claimed seven wickets.
Earlier, former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar had praised Shami for his bowling skills, saying he could become king of reverse swing. According to Akhtar, Shami called him up after India’s exit from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, saying he could not do much for his team.
India have taken a 1-0 lead in the series. Thanks to the all-round performance of the team. Mayank Agarwal, who scored his second Test double-hundred, was named man of the match. He scored 243. His second double-hundred came just weeks after scoring his maiden 200-plus against South Africa. Ajinkya Rahane also hit 86, Cheteshwar Pujara made 54 and Ravindra Jadeja scored unbeaten 60.