Bangladesh pacer, Rubel Hossain has been the center of controversy for Bangladesh, be it on or off the field for his antics. A recent speculation which was going around circles was that Hossain didn’t want anything to do with Test cricket, and the limited overs format is what he primarily focuses on.
But Rubel Hossain has come out in the open and ridiculed the rumor, by saying that cricket is what made him the figure that he is today, and would certainly love to be a part of the Bangladesh team in the longest format of the game.
"I don't know who spread it because why won't I like to play Test cricket? Cricket gives me my bread and butter and I sustain myself and my family by playing cricket. So there is no way I can cheat with it. I never said that I don't want to play Test cricket.
It is not that I don't want to bowl long spells because if that was the case then I would not have played BCL [franchise-based first-class tournament] and could easily avoid that."
The pacers in subcontinent nations generally get overshadowed by spinners in rank turning wickets. Such has been the case with Bangladesh as well. In the last Test against the West Indies, Bangladesh went out with the field with an all spin attack and had no room for the seamers. Hossain was disappointed to see the state of affairs that the pacers go through on Asian conditions when it comes to Tests.
"For quite some time spinners are dictating terms in Tests for us while the pace bowlers are not able to do well. The situation in the second Test was such that the wicket was prepared for the spinners. Naturally, it is disappointing when the spinners are doing well and the pace bowlers cannot play."
But with the forthcoming ODI series against the Windies, Rubel believes that the fast bowling unit will have a huge role to play, as they have so often done in the past.
"We [pace bowlers] have the ability to win the ODIs," the pacer said. "We have done that in the past. The wicket won't behave like the way it did in the Tests and we have the pace unit that can win matches in these conditions."
On being used as a death over specialist along with Mustifizur Rahim, by the captain – Mortaza, Rubel expresses that he still has a lot to learn when it comes to bowling under pressure.
"I am playing international cricket for the last nine years, so naturally I have gained some experience but still I have a lot to prepare [in order] to bowl in the death overs.
"It is such a situation that can either win or lose you a match. Naturally, you need to have more focus and I am working to be a better-equipped bowler in the death," the veteran bowler shared.
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