Donald backs Ebadot to shine in all three formats


Donald backs Ebadot to shine in all three formats

by Atif Azam • Last updated on Wed, Mar 22, 2023

Bangladesh pace bowling coach Allan Donald believes that young fast bowler Ebadot Hossain has all the skills to shine in all formats of the game. Ebadot was labeled a Test specialist since his international debut and had to work hard to remove the tag from his shoulders.

Ebadot made his Test debut in 2019 but had to wait until 2022 to make his bow in ODIs and T20Is. He has done reasonably well since being introduced to white-ball cricket and left a impression in the series opener against Ireland, picking 4-42.

“He’s (Ebadot) brought the house down from the moment we met in Johannesburg exactly 12 months ago,” Donald said ahead of the final ODI against Ireland. “He has kept on being impressive and if you say there’s one area he needs to improve on, I’m still trying to find it.

“But what’s pleasing is Ebadot is always in the game and it doesn’t matter if he goes for four or six. You know he is in the wickets column every single game. He is that kind of bowler that he is up there bowling 145, 148 km/hr at times where you know that pace will have a massive impact on the game. He showed that again the other night.

“He’s an athlete with a great engine on him and a great kid to work with. Love working with him, a wonderful talent. He won a fast bowling competition to come to where he is now. He could consistently become a member in all three formats. All of them, we are working on small things and its more tactical than anything else. It’s our game intelligence that we work on every single time for all three formats and that’s what we work on as a group,” he said.

Donald said that he is not very keen on taking credit for the recent development of the pace unit as they are going from strength to strength while he added that he was focused on removing the fear of failure from their minds. The pace unit has done well in the recent past and gone are the days when Bangladesh were labelled a one-dimensional team relying on spinners. The inclusion of Hasan Mahmud in place of Mustafizur Rahman in the second game of the series only validates the fact that the pace unit is making rapid strides under the South African great.

“As coaches we are not here to get pats on the backs. We’re here to make an impact. As I said before, you can sell a product and the players will have to believe in buying into that product and at least trying it,” he said. “It’s wonderful to see how the group of guys, not just the pacers but the others as well like Hasan and the guys that haven’t been here like Khaled (Ahmed). All part of the journey we are on. It’s wonderful how we have adopted this new way of thinking.

“When I met this group, I didn’t want to come in and just ask questions. You sit back and listen and then to ask questions. I ask every single individual where there game’s at and what they need from me. At this level if you are worried about whether you are going to be picked again, you don’t have a place and we needed to get that way of thinking out of the window.

“For me then, I had to focus on mindset and it’s all about mindset at this level like being fiercely competitive. It took four or five months for the group to trust me in that thing and my message has been clear that you don’t have to worry about making mistakes. I have made mistakes and absolutely fine to make mistakes and make plenty. I think the more the group got rid of it, this is the growth we are seeing now. We are taking opposition on and competing in the right areas

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