The last few days have been busy practicing balance on the sand, which was part of the rehabilitation of pace-bowling all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin. However, he started bowling alone when he came to the academy ground of Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Saifuddin bowled for the first time yesterday after returning from injury.
Two overs in the first short runup. Three overs later in a long runup. He stood on one stump and waved his hand leaving some marks of spot bowling on the wicket. It seemed that he was returning to the rhythm. He bowled yesterday with 80 percent emphasis. Do it today in 60 parts. After the practice, Saifuddin said, he will bowl in full force when the national team camp starts on January 10.
The coaches of the national team will want to come and see Saifuddin who is fully fit. Head coach Russell Domingo, pace bowling coach Otis Gibson and fielding coach Ryan Cook arrived in Dhaka tomorrow to join the camp.
Saifuddin has to fight for such a return after a few days. Short international career, but the fight with injury is not new. Saifuddin’s cricket journey has been halted due to injury since age-based cricket.
The same is true in international cricket. He played in the 2019 World Cup and fought with an injury. For the same reason, he could not go to Sri Lanka right after the World Cup. He returned to cricket with the tri-nation T20 the same year but was again sidelined for five months due to injury. Saifuddin returned to the team with the Zimbabwe series in March last year.
Corona then played in the BCB President’s Cup after a long break. But before Bangabandhu played in T20, Saifuddin got injured again, unfortunately. He returned to the field without recovering from the injury. Bangabandhu played three matches in T20 Cup.
It has become a habit. This is the life of a pace bowler
Bangladesh all-rounder Saifuddin questioned about the injury
Later MRI showed that the injury has not healed yet. The fear was to find Saifuddin in the home series against the West Indies. Later, however, he recovered in time.
But how long you stay healthy is a matter of concern. The injury seemed to be lurking in the corner of Saifuddin’s room. Whenever he gets a chance, he sits on his back, sometimes on his hamstrings. Nowadays, Saifuddin also laughs when he hears questions about injuries.
Hearing his answer to the question about the injury, it seems as if he was waiting for this question, ‘It has become a habit. This is the life of a pace bowler. And you can’t enjoy life without stress. ‘
Saifuddin will have to play six possible ODIs and three T20I matches in the next two months, including the West Indies and New Zealand series. There are also a few preparation matches. BKSP has a warm-up match against the West Indies before the start of the ODI series. Before that, Bangladesh will play two warm-up matches.
Saifuddin did not play in all the matches of Bangladesh in the 2019 World Cup in England, he had to rest in one match due to back pain. 2021 is again the year of the T20 World Cup. Saifuddin is the only pace bowling all-rounder of the team at the moment and is an important member of the Bangladesh team in white-ball cricket. But it remains to be seen how much he can give to the team after overcoming the injury.