Allan Donald – Love working with Ebadot, a wonderful talent
Bangladesh pace bowling Coach Allan Donald feels that young fast bowler Ebadot Hossain has all the abilities to shine in all formats of the game, since making his international debut, Ebadot was labeled a “Test specialist,” and he has had to put a lot of effort into shaking it off.
Bangladesh pace bowling Coach Allan Donald feels that young fast bowler Ebadot Hossain has all the abilities to shine in all formats of the game. Since making his international debut, Ebadot was labeled a “Test specialist,” and he has had to put a lot of effort into shaking it off.
Ebadot made his ODI and T20I debuts in 2022 after making his Test debut in 2019. He has performed admirably since being introduced to white-ball cricket and made an impression by picking 4-42 in the series opener against Ireland.
“He’s (Ebadot) brought the house down from the moment we met in Johannesburg exactly 12 months ago,”Donald said ahead of the final ODI against Ireland.
“He has kept on being impressive and if you say there’s one area he needs to improve on, I’m still trying to find it.
“But what’s pleasing is Ebadot is always in the game and it doesn’t matter if he goes for four or six. You know he is in the wickets column every single game. He is the kind of bowler that is up there bowling 145, 148 km/hr at times where you know that pace will have a massive impact on the game. He showed that again the other night.
“He’s an athlete with a great engine on him and a great kid to work with. Love working with him, a wonderful talent. He won a fast bowling competition to come to where he is now. He could consistently become a member in all three formats. Of them, we are working on small things, and it’s more tactical than anything else. It’s our game intelligence that we work on every single time for all three formats and that’s what we work on as a group,”he said.
In light of the pace unit’s recent success, Donald said he is hesitant to claim credit for it, adding that his attention is now focused on helping them overcome their fear of failure.
The pace unit has performed well recently and Bangladesh was labeled a one-dimensional team relying on spinners.
The inclusion of Hasan Mahmud in place of Mustafizur Rahman in the second game of the series only serves to highlight how quickly the speed unit is improving under the leadership of the South African great.
“As coaches, we are not here to get pats on the backs. We’re here to make an impact. As I said before, you can sell a product and the players will have to believe in buying into that product and at least trying it,”he said.
“It’s wonderful to see how the group of guys, not just the pacers but the others as well like Hasan and the guys that haven’t been here like Khaled (Ahmed). All part of the journey we are on. It’s wonderful how we have adopted this new way of thinking.
“When I met this group, I didn’t want to come in and just ask questions. You sit back and listen and then ask questions. I ask every single individual where their game’s at and what they need from me. At this level, if you are worried about whether you are going to be picked again, you don’t have a place and we needed to get that way of thinking out of the window.
“For me then, I had to focus on mindset and it’s all about mindset at this level like being fiercely competitive. It took four or five months for the group to trust me in that thing and my message has been clear that you don’t have to worry about making mistakes. I have made mistakes and am fine to make mistakes and make plenty. I think the more the group got rid of it, this is the more growth we are seeing now. We are taking opposition on and competing in the right areas.”