It’s a new be­gin­ning: Su­nil Joshi

The Hindu - - SPORT - Shree­dutta chi­dananda

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.”

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