Ebadot Hossain has witnessed the fickleness of success in international cricket in a matter of days as after enjoying the incredible highs in the first Test, he has experienced nothing but frustration against the same opposition in Christchurch in the ongoing game.
New Zealand have Bangladesh well and truly on the ropes after piling on 526-6d in the first innings and then bowling the Tigers out for just 126 on day two.
Ebadot bowled 30 out of the 128.5 overs Bangladesh bowled in the first innings and claimed two wickets for 143 runs.
The 28-year-old was also the most expensive of the three Bangladesh pacers, as he conceded 4.76 runs every over.
Just one week ago, Ebadot was the bowler that ran through the Kiwi line-up in the second innings, finishing with figures of 6-46, to set up Bangladesh’s historic eight-wicket win at the Bay Oval.
But Ebadot could not replicate that same success in Christchurch, mush to his frustration.
Ebadot revealed that pace bowling coach Ottis Gibson sensed his frustration and told him that he won’t be successful in every match and as a player he needs to accept that.
‘Ottis told me, Are you a human or robot? If you are a human you shouldn’t feel dejected as literally it’s impossible to earn a player of the match award in each game,’ Ebadot told New Age from Christchurch on Monday.
Not only Gibson, Ebadot said that New Zealand pacer Trent Boult, who took a five-wicket haul on Monday, also advised him to, ‘forget yesterday and think about tomorrow.’
New Zealand skipper Tom Latham anchored their innings and made sure they post a daunting total with a brilliant 256-run innings.
Ebadot had twice dismissed Latham on 16 in his very first over of the match, trapping him leg before wicket on both occasions, but both of those decisions got rightfully overturned when Latham reviewed them.
The first decision got overturned because the ball moved a bit too much and would miss the leg stump and the second call got reversed as the ball bounced over the stumps.
Ebadot revealed that even the on-field umpire Wayne Knights, who gave both decisions, was surprised after the second decision got reversed and told him in a low voice with a sheepish smile, ‘I am surprised! This is the first time I have been wrong twice.’
But all the frustration regarding the current Test disappeared from his voice when he reminisced about the monumental victory in Mount Maunganui.
‘It was unbelievable. I still can’t believe that I have played the pivotal role in such a historic win for my side against New Zealand at their home. All credit goes to Ottis, as he has been trying heart and soul to polish my bowling.’
The writing seems to be pretty much on the wall for Bangladesh in the second Test but Ebadot is hoping against hope that the Tigers will come back strongly in the game in their second innings.
‘We are eying to put a decent total in the second innings. Who knows we might be able to draw the match as well. Nothing is impossible in cricket.’
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