Bangladesh bowling coach, Courtney Walsh defended the performance of the Bangladesh pacers when he talked to the reporters in Taunton ahead of their World Cup match against West Indies on June 17.
Bangladesh kept three pacers --Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin -- in the playing eleven of their first four matches in the World Cup so far, as England pitches were said to favour fast bowlers. However, the pacers have been expensive whenever they took the ball at hand. With Mustafizur Rahman's average speed being 133 km/h, Mohammad Saifuddin's 129 km/h and skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who is more dependent on his variations and tight line and length being 126 km/h, the fast bowlers lack the pace required to trouble the batsmen on the pitch. However, Walsh was not worried about it and believed the bowlers have been consistent.
“You have to have pace sometimes but for me, consistency, control and execution are more important. If you don’t have the 140-150kph, then you have to compensate that. We have certainly been consistent, hitting the right areas and getting good variation. The guys have been working hard but you will have bad games here and there. Consistency is the key for us, and try to get good variation.” said Walsh.
Bangladesh wonder-boy Mustafizur who was expected to perform exceptionally in the mega-event has not clicked in the tournament yet. He took only four wickets from the three matches, with three of them coming in their first match of the tournament against South Africa. The bowling coach was positive about Mustafiz even though the speedster went barren in the match against New Zealand and leaked huge number of runs in the match against England where he ended with the figure of 75/1 in nine overs with an economy rate of 8.33 runs per over.
“He went for a few but I don’t think he bowled badly. I just think that when he played against a side like England, every loose ball that he bowled went away for boundaries. When that happens, the figures don’t look good. I personally thought he bowled well in this game, probably 80 per cent of the way that he bowled. If the 20 per cent that went for boundaries didn’t go, figures won’t have looked so bad.” said the Jamaican.