Bangladesh thump­ing of West Indies bit­ter­sweet for Walsh

Gulf Times Sport - - CRICKET -

For­mer West Indies bowl­ing great Court­ney Walsh has ad­mit­ted to mixed emo­tions as his coun­try­men were routed by Bangladesh — the side he now helps coach, who earned a rare Test se­ries win.

Bangladesh swept the se­ries 2-0, with the sec­ond Test wrap­ping up Sun­day in­side three days as the Tigers recorded their first-ever vic­tory by an in­nings mar­gin.

The Caribbean vis­i­tors made just 111 runs in their first in­nings — the low­est Test score ever recorded against their hosts — to be­come the first side Bangladesh has ever asked to fol­lowon.

Walsh, a Ja­maican crick­et­ing giant who took 519 Test wick­ets for the West Indies, to­day acts as fast-bowl­ing coach for Bangladesh, and said the thump­ing was bit­ter­sweet.

“I might say that I am dis­ap­pointed with prob­a­bly how things have un­folded, but I am very happy to be in­volved with Bangladesh,” Walsh told re­porters in Dhaka.

“We are in a win­ning sit­u­a­tion, so my pride is in­tact. As a West In­dian, you are go­ing to be dis­ap­pointed in the per­for­mance.”

Walsh’s part in the sec­ond Test win was some­what di­min­ished as Bangladesh did not field a sin­gle fast bowler — an un­prece­dented move for the home side.

Their lone fast bowler in the first Test, Mustafizur Rah­man, bowled just four overs in that match, leav­ing the spin­ners to dom­i­nate.

Shakib Al Hasan, Me­hidy Hasan, Tai­jul Is­lam and Nay­eem Hasan ac­counted for all 40 wick­ets, a record for a Test se­ries in Bangladesh.

De­spite the spin­ners’ dom­i­nance, Walsh in­sisted Bangladesh’s fast bowlers had more to give.

“Tac­ti­cally, we wanted to play more spin­ners to win a Test and the se­ries. It was achieved,” he said.

“Hope­fully when we go to New Zealand, the seam­ers might get a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity. We might get dif­fer­ent types of wicket, and they should want to grab those op­por­tu­ni­ties as well.” Bangladesh, who will also play three one-day in­ter­na­tion­als and three Twenty20 in­ter­na­tion­als against West Indies, will visit New Zealand in Fe­bru­ary.

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