Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar paid tribute to the slow left arm army of Bangladesh for their leading role in the Bangladesh's fine run in the world cup 2007.
Bangladesh played every game with 5 specialist bowlers and 3 of them are left arm spinners. The trio has taken 25 wickets in 7 matches conceding only 3.48 runs per over. Experienced Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak and young all-rounder Sakib al Hasan can effectively tie down opposition batsmen in the middle overs and took the leading role in Bangladesh's historic win over India and South Africa.
Bangladesh's unique slow left arm army.
Bangladesh's unique slow left arm army © Cricinfo
Even in a fast and bouncy Barbados pitch and defending a meager 143, they caused panic in the England dressing room by reducing England to 112-6.
Bashar believes the spin trio gives Bangladesh a very unusual strength in Bangladeshi bowling line-up.
"It is a bit unusual, you don't see three spinners, leave alone three left-arm. (But) We believe that is our strength. They might share same bowling style but they are not the same. Razzak bowls with pace, Sakib is slower and Rafique uses his experience to flight and turn the ball" said Bashar in an interview with Reuters.
Mohammad Rafique is the highest wicket taker for Bangladesh in both format of the game and grabbed 7 wickets in this world cup averaging 26.75.
Razzak who is the leading Bangladeshi wicket taker in this world cup with 12 wickets paid respect to veteran Mohammad Rafique for the support.
"We talk to Rafique all the time, I'm more confident when he bowls from the other end. He always tells me to focus on line and length and understand what the batsman wants you to do and don't give him that" said Razzak who considers Rafique as his mentor.
He also showed his willingness to crucial match situations, "I like to bowl in every tight situation, especially during Powerplay and the slog overs," Razzak added.
The youngest member of the spin trio Sakib Al Hasan is a fine all-rounder and in addition to his 5 wickets, he is the leading run-scorer for Bangladesh in the world cup. He averages 50.70 with bat in his ODI career.
Bashar also praised the consistency of his spinners and believes they can perform regardless of wicket types.
"Our spinners do not rely much on wicket type. If they get a little bit of help, they ensure the fullest use. The Guyana pitch definitely helped us but otherwise not much," he said.
Bangladesh will play Ireland in their next super eights game on Sunday, 15 April.