Former Bangladesh captain Aminul Islam is in full praise of India’s current pace attack and he feels the hosts will have the advantage with the pink ball in the day/night Test as well. Islam is the first Bangladeshi Test centurion who even compared the Indian pace attack to the West Indian fast bowlers of the 1970s and 1980s.
“The way we saw the variation of pace bowling by (Mohammed) Shami, Ishant (Sharma) and (Umesh) Yadav, they will get a lot of advantage with this pink ball. Wherever you play, you get that extra breeze in the evening. India will take a lot of advantage of that,” Aminul Islam told PTI in a telephonic interview.
“Earlier, we had seen spinners like Anil Kumble leading Indian bowling but now it’s about the pacers. This is the big transformation in Indian cricket. They have their best bowling attack ever, it’s like the way the West Indians dominated the pace attack (in the world) at one point of time,” he added.
He scored 145 in Bangladesh’s maiden Test in 2000 in Dhaka against India.
“The world normally follows Australia in cricket, there’s nothing wrong in that. But if you see, India have been consistent. India can be a role model. They have been proving at the highest level,” he shared.
Islamcommented on the first-ever day-night test as well.
“It’s going to be an unbelievable spectacle with about 70,000 crowd watching the first ever day/night Test in India. This match will take Test cricket to a new height. All the best wishes to both the teams,” Islam said. “We remember the 2001 epic Test between India and Australia at the Eden and now this upcoming day/night Test will be another milestone in the evolving format. Hope this is successful.”
“Dada has sent a nice invitation. I’m looking forward. It all depends on my schedule here,” he further said.