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Walsh a lethal addition to Hathu's team

  • Published at 03:01 pm September 8th, 2016
  • Last updated at 03:18 pm September 8th, 2016
Walsh a lethal addition to Hathu's team
Timing can often get wrong but the appointment of West Indies great Courtney Walsh as Bangladesh's bowling coach has come at a perfect time for the country. The Tigers have just started on the habit of winning and more importantly, their self-belief have grown a lot. Bangladesh has always been dependent on spinners but things started to change from the last two years when the fast bowlers have improved and are now leading from the front. And now they have Walsh, who could take the pacemen to the next level. It can only mean that Chandika Hathurusingha's leadership as the head coach will get stronger. The former Sri Lanka batsman has marshalled his troops with great authority ever since he took the charge and transformed a new look Tigers as it was also a huge challenge back in 2014 when he took the job. In the last two years, Bangladesh has emerged as the new threat in international cricket. Hathursingha, who was rewarded as the board renewed his contract till the 2019 World Cup, will now have a major weapon in his coaching arsenal in the form of Walsh. Hathurusingha has created an image of doing the job in his own way. But even he will be delighted to have someone like Walsh in his support staff. He can fully rely on the West Indian great to sharpen his fast bowlers. Walsh is one of the most experienced fast bowlers in history. He has been phenomenal throughout his 17-year career, becoming the first bowler to take 500 Test wickets. He ended his illustrious career picking 519 wickets in 132 Tests while he also picked up 227 scalps in 205 ODI. He has 1807 wickets in 429 first-class matches. All of this is enough to understand what he knows and has done. But Walsh is more than just about the numbers. He has always been hands-on when trying to help younger bowlers. His personality sets him apart, as was seen when he had that lethal partnership with the legendary Curtly Ambrose, forming one of the most successful bowling pair in the history of cricket. Walsh helped Ambrose, who made his Test debut in 1988, in the early stages of his career and the result was evident. When Walsh appeared for his first major press conference in Dhaka, he wished to bring out another Ambrose from Bangladesh, something any Bangladeshi fast bowler would dream of. Undoubtedly BCB will be more than happy to get the service of this legendary cricketer as the fast bowling mentor for the Tigers till the 2019 World Cup. Bangladesh pace bowling department will have enough time to adapt with the 53-year old. From bowling techniques to mental toughness, Walsh has everything to offer for the Bangladeshi bowlers though it will be his first coaching experience but as Mashrafe said soon after his appointment. It will be enough for the cricketers to share the dressing room with such a legend and get to know about his on-field experiences.
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