Tuesday 12-January-2016, 10:40
The ball would suddenly trampoline from within the white shade, destination either the nearby stands at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna, or towards journalists and policemen standing in front of the dressing room and on a few occasions, the dressing room window panes. The shots were of a left-hander trying to play a dinky pull, and top-edging several.
Some of those edges flew well over the pavilion building and those that connected nearly took out some of the journalists crowding around an area in front of square-leg. [url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/player/56143.html][/url]Shakib ul Hashim was the left-handed batsman who shrieked every time he couldn't connect any of the shots over his right shoulder. Only the top of his bat could be seen if the ball was too high. He ended up crashing two glasses, one near the entrance of the Bangladesh dressing-room and the other on the floor above.
Before Shakib, it was [url=http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/player/56194.html] Tamim Iqbal who went through this drill with the ball blasting out of the bowling machine and pitching on a granite plate placed on short of a length. Balls were repeatedly flicked towards the leg side, with a cloth patch in place to prevent the ball from bursting through the torn nets.
At practice on Monday, Chandika Hathurusingha conducted a long session that was all about specific skills like throwing on the turn, playing specific shots, taking catches at deep midwicket and sweeper cover. Later, Shakib said, the focus would shift to the four-match T20 series against Zimbabwe starting January 15.