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Waqar: Taskin has improved himself with hard work

  • Published at 06:31 pm January 29th, 2019
Taskin Ahmed
Sylhet Sixers fast bowler Taskin Ahmed celebrates after taking a wicket in the BPL Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The guidance of Waqar has been a huge blessing for Taskin but the former Pakistani great thought the main reason of the success is his own motivation

Legendary Pakistani pacer Waqar Younis believes Bangladesh’s young pacer Taskin Ahmed is a hard worker and his sheer aspiration of getting back to the national fold drove him to improve. 

Waqar is currently the coach of Bangladesh Premier League franchise Sylhet Sixers and though the team won just four out of their 10 matches so far, its paceman Taskin has been the most successful bowler in the tournament with 20 wickets. 

Taskin made his international debut for the Tigers at the age of 19 back in 2014 and his raw pace raised the hope of getting a fast bowling star.

He got some reasonable success and had a good outing in the 2015 World Cup but he failed to keep the expectation and was omitted from the ODI squad since the Tigers’ South Africa tour on September 2017.

However, the right-handed paceman, who has grabbed 45 wickets in 32 ODIs, seemed to be charged up in the BPL and showcased some excellent performances. 

Taskin has been impressive since the beginning of the tournament and he has gotten wickets in every match including two four-wicket-hauls. He got the 20 wickets with an impressive average of 13.70 and a strike rate of 9.6.

The guidance of Waqar has been a huge blessing for Taskin but the former Pakistani great thought the main reason of the success is his own motivation. 

“I didn’t do anything with Taskin. Taskin did it on his own. He is a hard-working kind and he is a good learner. He wanted to get into the Bangladesh team and if you want something like this badly and if you put hard work into it, there is every chance you will get it and that’s exactly what happened,” said Waqar on Tuesday at Chittagong. 

“‘I didn’t make any changes. I just made sure he works really hard. He does what he used to do. He had some injuries don’t forget it. He has been injured. So coming out from injury, it takes a lot of time. There was hesitation and you need people who are helping and you can really get back into the team. That’s exactly what happened,” said Waqar. 

Taskin has an extra motivation to get back into the national team as the World Cup is around the corner and Waqar also mentioned that if the side works hard they have the chance to have success in this year’s tournament in England. He believes it will be an exciting show. 

“I don’t know. It’s very hard to say about their performances. If they prepare very well, they will do well in England. English conditions are tough conditions. You will have to be very good form to challenge those big names and big teams. Bangladesh, if they put things in order they may do well and they have done well in the past. They have challenged and they have beaten England in 2015. They have the potential of beating any side on any given day. So every team will come out in the tournament with a lot of hope and a lot of preparation. So it’s going to be good tournament,” said the 47-year old Pakistani.