Rishad Hossain’s Revelation: Is Bangladesh’s hunt for leg-spinner finally over?

Shakib Al Hasan’s 64 off 46 and Rishad Hossain’s 3-33 paved the way for Bangladesh’s win at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown, St Vincent in the Group clash of the T20 World Cup.

Bangladesh’s odds of making it to the Super 8 of the T20 World Cup got a lift after clinching a 25-run victory against the Netherlands.

Shakib Al Hasan’s 64 off 46 and Rishad Hossain’s 3-33 paved the way for Bangladesh’s win at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown, St Vincent in the Group clash of the T20 World Cup.

Hossain has emerged as a consistent player for Bangladesh in recent times. His fine bowling display helped Bangladesh defend a total of 159.

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The 15th over bowled by Hossain slanted the position of the game in Bangladesh’s favour as he took three wickets and conceded only seven runs. His wicket-taking abilities at the crucial times have worked out for Bangladesh to progress in the tournament.

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Rishad Hossain: The Next Big Thing For Bangladesh? 

21-year-old RishadHossain has turned out to be what the Bangladesh team had been looking for: a leg-break spinner. While the Bangladeshi side have boasted of left-arm or off-spinners, they were starved of a leggie. Hossain promises to fill the gap.

Bangladesh Skipper Najmul Shanto expressed his expectations from the young bowler.  The captain said, “He (Rishad Hossain) is very good, the way we bowled last couple of series, he practiced very hard. We’ve struggled with leg-spinners over the last 10-15 yrs so we’re lucky we got one. Hopefully, he can continue.

Rishad Hossain's Revelation: Is Bangladesh’s hunt for leg-spinner finally over?

Talking about Rishad Hossain’s match-winning ability, Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurisingha remarked, “We backed him for a year. We knew that he is going to win games for us. Winning that game was important. It was very satisfying. You know how challenging it is for us to get a leg spinner into the team. It is the culture. We don’t understand the value of a leg spinner. I think we are understanding the value of leg spin, and he is growing in confidence.”

Hossain’s form has been magnificent in the T20 World Cup 2024 with seven wickets and an economy of 7.25 in three appearances.

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The right-arm leg-break bowler made his international debut for Bangladesh in March 2023 with a T20 match against Ireland. In the same year in December, he made his ODI debut against New Zealand.

Rishad Hossain played first class cricket in Bangladesh when he debuted for the North Zone in the Bangladesh Cricket League in 2018.

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He has also featured in Dhaka Premier Division Twenty20 Cricket and Bangladesh Premier League.

Hossain was also a member of the Bangladesh Cricket team that won the bronze medal in the 2022 Asian Games.