Brett fan Lee Ebadot Hossain, star of Bangladesh’s New Zealand Test victory, started as a volleyball player


On a WhatsApp call, Ebadot Hossain spoke of the present and the future. The gift belongs to him after scripting Bangladesh’s first-ever victory in New Zealand with 6/46 in the second round of the first Test at Mount Maunganui. Looking ahead, the fast bowler collectively believes the team’s bowling unit would become capable enough to take 20 wickets on tame fields at home.

Only last month, Bangladesh was hammered by Pakistan on its national soil. They managed a stun on Wednesday, ending New Zealand’s home record of 17 games unbeaten. For a 21-year-old test nation, it was also about taming the Kiwis in their lair for the first time, regardless of the format. Ebadot came back with the best numbers of all time by a quick Bangladesh away from home, against the reigning Test World Champions.

Every success has a precursor and as bad as Bangladesh’s performance was against Pakistan, the series was a learning experience for their fast bowlers. “The pitches were flat. We had to play from box office to box office. We learned the art of making better use of the older ball. We used that experience here against New Zealand because it wasn’t very good for fast bowling either, ”Ebadot told The Indian Express.

On day five, when New Zealand lost their last five wickets for 15 races, Bangladesh reveled in their pressure tactics. “Our captain (Mominul Haque) asked for early vegetables from both sides. Once we kept things calm, the pressure increased. The ball also remained a little low. I used the reverse swing well, ”said Ebadot, an active Bangladesh Air Force soldier.

In his 11th test, the journey began for the 27-year-old in 2016. It’s not a typical leather-to-leather tennis ball story, prevalent across the subcontinent. Ebadot, in fact, was playing volleyball for the Bangladesh Air Force when a bowling talent hunt, organized by the Bangladesh Cricket Board and Robi (a telecommunications company) prompted a change in leadership. “It was organized in different places. I made it to the Faridpur practice and clocked 139.9 km / h to be the winner.

I became a member of the BCB high performance unit and that was the year that (former Pakistani fast pitcher) Aaqib Javed also came to a BCB camp. Our board had organized the camp for 10 to 15 players and Aaqib Javed was with us for seven days. One thing he told me was that he saw ‘prospects’ in me, ”Ebadot recalled during his training period.
Current Bangladesh bowling coach Ottis Gibson, however, had a much bigger impact, breaking the ‘bad habit’ and changing the action. The “bad habit” consisted in blindly copying the action of Brett Lee, the idol of Ebadot.

“As a die-hard Brett Lee fan, I used to emulate his action. It was fine for the first spell, but when the legs got tired and the ball got old, I lost rhythm and momentum. regularity in my bowling. The reason is purely genetic. What Brett Lee was able to do throughout the day to be genetically stronger, I couldn’t. Ottis Gibson changed my action, focusing on less effort and more rhythm.

I still play a bit on the front, but my loading and pickup position has changed. And now I feel like I can be consistent in every spell. I have been working with Ottis Gibson for two years and I enjoy working with him. I feel better. He made me a better pitcher.

Sylhet’s boy had a good education. His father Nizamuddin Chowdhury worked for the BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) and for a young Ebadot, life was mostly smooth. His father retired a few years ago and he has always been a constant support.

Ebadot made his testing debut in New Zealand in 2019 and in 10 tests before this one he had picked just 11 wickets with an average of 81.54. Mount Maunganui was the coming of age of the right arm crimper. “You see the pitches in Bangladesh don’t help fast bowling and we are still learning on the job, how to bowling in overseas conditions and in home conditions.

This is a big step forward for us as a bowling group. Our current group of fast bowling is improving steadily. Give us another two years and we would be able to take 20 ATMs at home as well, ”Ebadot said.

Once New Zealand fell back to 169 in their second set, Bangladesh’s victory was a formality. They had a winning goal of 40 and got there in 16.5 overs, losing two wickets. Earlier today, Ebadot pulled Ross Taylor and Kyle Jamieson off to trigger New Zealand’s collapse. Taskin Ahmed represented Rachin Ravindra. Ebadot fell for the team performance.

“The first ball Taskin played today took a lot of effort and intent. It set the tone.

They deserved their post-game celebration. Bangladesh Cricket posted a video of it on its Twitter account, the players singing in chorus “Aamra Korbo Joy”, the Bengali translation of “We Shall Overcome”, in the locker room. If joy followed victory, the preparation had a motivational speech from team manager Khaled Mahmud Sujon.

“In our first team meeting he told us: ‘We’ve been coming to New Zealand for 11 years and haven’t won a game yet. Our brothers who have toured here in the past couldn’t do it. But that must change. It is up to us to change that ”. The speech charged us. Every player has stood up to be counted, ”revealed Ebadot.

He was the big winner of the Man of the Match award. But this is only the job half done. The second Test in Christchurch would be a character test for tourists. Winning the series could be a game-changer for Bangladesh cricket.