It’s a new beginning: Sunil Joshi
Even as he sought to downplay his own role in the effort, a modest Sunil Joshi derived great satisfaction from Bangladesh’s maiden Test victory over Australia. As spin bowling consultant to the Bangladesh team, the former India left-arm spinner watched from the sidelines as Mushfiqur Rahim’s tweakers ambushed Australia at Mirpur on Wednesday.
“It’s a great win for Bangladesh cricket,” he told The Hindu on the phone. “Beating a team like Australia — even though they may not be top of the rankings — is no easy task. It’s a new beginning.”
Australia looked in command early on the fourth morning, but Joshi said he believed Bangladesh could win. “Honestly, yes, we had that belief. The way Australia were batting last evening, they did not look too comfortable. They knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Either Steve Smith or David Warner had to play a really big knock. Shakib Al Hasan led the attack really well and Mehidy Hasan and Taijul Islam were good too,” he said.
There was a clear plan, Joshi stated, without wishing to elaborate. “One ball troubled Australia in India and it was the same ball that we bowled to trouble them here.”
The 47-year-old was full of praise for Shakib, who is currently No.1 in the ICC’s Test rankings for all-rounders. “It goes without saying that he’s the best all-rounder in the world in these conditions,” he said. “He understands his game and the opposition’s game really well.”