Taijul Islam will become the fastest to the mark of 100 Test wickets among Bangladesh bowlers if he grabs a wicket in the upcoming Test against Afghanistan slated to begin from September 5.
He will better the records set by current Test skipper Shakib Al Hasan and former left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique, who reached the mark of 100th Test wickets in their 28th and 33rd match respectively.
Taijul can reach the mark in his 25th Test match when Bangladesh take on Afghanistan in a lone Test series. The left-armer is also the third-highest wicket-taker for Bangladesh behind Shakib (205) and Rafique (100). Known as something of a Test specialist, Taijul does not consider himself to be unfit to play ODIs. “As like others, I also have the dream to play ODIs. If the selectors think I am able to perform in ODIs as well, they might think about me. I will try to perform well if I get selected for the ODIs,” he said while talking to reporters today.
Just a wicket away from his 100th, Taijul was keener on getting many wickets that focusing on the landmark. “I don’t think these things too much,” he said about the opportunity in front of him. “When I get into the field, I try to bag five wickets, six wickets. I don’t play for one wicket. I always think to help the Bangladesh team,” he said.
Taijul is happy that Bangladesh were going play more Tests under the new FTP schedule but lamented the fact that all countries were not playing equal number of Tests.
“It is great that we are getting a chance to play more Tests. But as per the schedule, we are not going to play Tests as much as Australia or India will. The idea of the Test championship would have been better if every team gets the same number of matches to play,” he said.