Bangladesh’s Nasum Ahmed not competing with Taijul Islam Shakib Al Hasan – Performance is same for everyone

WI vs BAN, 2nd ODI: Taijul Islam became the Player of the Match in the second match of the series after he picked up three wickets and conceded 19 runs in 10 overs.

Nasum Ahmed (second from left). Courtesy: Liton Das Facebook


  • Nasum Ahmed became the Player of the Match in the 2nd ODI
  • Bangladesh won the second ODI by 9 wickets
  • Nasum Ahmed has bowled 7 maidens in the series

Bangladesh spinner Nasum Ahmed said that he is not competing with Taijul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan for places in the national team. After playing 22 T20Is for the Tigers, the left-armer made his debut against the West Indies in the first ODI a couple of days ago. Although he couldn’t get a wicket, he bowled three maidens and conceded 16 runs off eight overs.

Thereafter, Nasum rose to the occasion and won the Player of the Match in the second ODI on Wednesday, July 13. He picked up three wickets and bowled four maidens in his quota of 10 overs.

“I don’t have any competition with anyone. Taijul bhai will play his game while I will play mine and at the end of the day whoever plays well will play. I am not having competition with Taijul bhai or Shakib bhai. Among us whoever will play better will play and I feel performance is same for everyone,” Nasum was quoted as saying to the reporters on Thursday, July 14.

Even as Shakib Al Hasan isn’t a part of the series for certain reasons, Taijul is a part of the Bangladesh squad for the white-ball matches.

Nasum stated that bowling in the powerplay in the T20 format has helped him immensely in 50-over cricket as well.

“I always bowled in the PowerPlay there (in the T20s) and it was the same as I came to bowl in the PowerPlay (in the ODI) and for me, both look to be the same,” Nasum stated.

“My first plan is to ball dot balls and because most of the time I bowled in the Powerplays and my game plan is (to see) how to stop the flow of the runs. I got the wicket and for that I am feeling good. I was disappointed that I could not pick wickets in the opening game but that faded away as I could pick wickets in the second game,” he added.

Bangladesh won the second ODI at the Providence Stadium by nine wickets and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

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