5 Things To Know About Bangladesh’s New Superstar Taijul Islam

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 | 0

Few years ago, he was just an aspiring cricketer, trying to make a name of himself amidst thousands of fellow hopefuls. But his gutsy hard work to make it big has made him what he is today. Yes, he is none other than Taijul Islam, the erstwhile little-known bowler, who helped Bangladesh claim just its second Test win in the last 5 years with an unprecedented 8-wicket haul against Zimbabwe.

We, hereby, introduce this new superstar from Bangladesh to you…

1. Born in Natore 22 years ago, Taijul Islam is a left-arm orthodox spinner, who earned a big breakthrough in his career after being selected for Bangladesh ‘A’ side, having caught the selectors’ eyes with some impressive bowling in the 2013-14 domestic season.

2. Taijul Islam started disseminating his reach sooner than later in the international arena. Having gotten selected for Bangladesh’s West Indies tour in 2014, he made his international debut against the home side in the first Test at Kingstown, Saint Vincent.

3. Taijul Islam represented Rajshahi Division and North Zone in the domestic circuit. Later, he was selected to play for Duronto Rajshahi in the Bangladesh version of the Indian Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League. Besides, he also played for Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club in the Dhaka Premier Division.

4. On his second Test series against minnows Zimbabwe at home, Taijul Islam stunned the cricket world with his unprecedented bowling figures of 8-39 (16.5 overs) that helped the hosts pull off their second victory in the longest format of the game in the last 5 years. Interestingly, this was the best bowling performance by any Bangladesh bowler, surpassing the joint record of veteran Shakib Al Hasan’s and Anamul Haque Jnr.

5. Albeit Taijul Islam is popular for deceiving batsmen with his left-arm orthodox bowling, not many people are aware of the fact that he is also a handy batsman, and may prove lethal with the willow on a given day. This fact was evident when Taijul stood tall to smash a couple of boundaries en route his 15-run cameo that helped Bangladesh survive a low-scoring thriller in Dhaka against Zimbabwe. Furthermore, Taijul also possesses a half-century to his name in domestic cricket.

(Image: NDTV Sports)

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Mass Media student from the University of Mumbai. Also, a huge Cricket enthusiast and a Tennis fanatic, with a smattering of other sports.

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