Taskin, one of the fastest bowlers in the country is in and out of the Bangladesh side but he was in the squad last time Bangladesh team played a Test match and that was against Zimbabwe in February before the coronavirus pandemic stopped all cricket activities in the country
Pacer Taskin Ahmed has given some valuable advice to young fast about how they can become less injury-prone and what type of factors a fast bowler needs to concentrate to maintain rhythm in competitive cricket.
Taskin, one of the fastest bowlers in the country is in and out of the Bangladesh side but he was in the squad last time Bangladesh team played a Test match and that was against Zimbabwe in February before the coronavirus pandemic stopped all cricket activities in the country.
The 25-year old paceman has already gone through some injuries that kept him out of the squad for long periods but currently he is working to regain his place and rejuvenate his international career. The right arm pacer came to DT Locker Room live session, a weekly sports programme of Dhaka Tribune, on Sunday night and shared his thoughts about his career and many other topics.
Taskin said he has realized and learned few things about maintaining fitness which should have been followed earlier in his career. And later he shared some advice to young fast bowlers about how they should prepare themselves to avail better fitness.
“Fast bowling is actually a bit difficult. A lot of strength is needed to become a very good fast bowler and a bowler has to go under a lot of workload. That’s why recovery is a major thing. It’s very essential.
“In my early days of career, I used to think that, okay I will go to the gym after one day or two days following a match. But now I have realized that as a fast bowler, early recovery sessions are essential,” said the lanky pacer.
“These days there are cases in longer version matches where I have to go to the gym for a recovery session just after closing of day’s play even after bowling 25 overs on that day. Pacers who are super fit, they can go through gym sessions for recovery after one or two days. But bowlers like me, or who have injury issues, must go through recovery session on idle or recommended times," Taskin said to his audience in the video conference.
“We have some promising young fast bowlers in the age level at the moment. My suggestion to them would be, do gym sessions at the right time and also do the right type of physical exercise. Right type of exercise is also an important issue. Like, body builders have different types of exercise methods. Similarly, fast bowlers, like us, have a separate exercise process. We need to find out and focus on that.”
“In my early days of my career I thought if you can build your muscle then your strength will be increased. But later I found and realized that extra muscle will not give you extra strength. Even extra muscle can decrease your flexibility as a pacer. So, right type of exercise for fast bowlers is very important.”
“Another thing is to maintain bowling workload. If you bowl continuously in nets for a few days and later don’t do proper recovery or balance your workload with proper exercise, then there is a high chance that you can be injured. So, overall balance is a very important factor as well. Apart from these, a proper diet should also be maintained.”
“So as a fast bowler maintaining discipline in all these measures are important. Injury is such a thing that it can happen anytime to a fast bowler. Accidental injury is a different thing. Like I was injured in the last stage BPL season in 2018 when I stepped on boundary rope accidentally. That type of injury is kind of an accident. But as a pacer if you can maintain discipline in all these factors then the chance of other regular injuries decreases a lot,” said the bowler who grabbed five wickets in his ODI debut against India back in 2014 at the age of 19 but failed to play many games in next six years for Tigers with injury issues.
Taskin has played 5 Tests, 32 ODIs and 19 T20Is for Bangladesh so far.