Mixed emotions for Bangladesh's Caribbean coach Courtney Walsh

Sudhir Gupta 19:03 03/12/2018
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Bangladesh's bowling coach Courtney Walsh.

Bangladesh coach and former West Indies bowling great Courtney Walsh confessed to having mixed emotions after his compatriots were routed by an innings by the team he now guides.

Bangladesh swept the series 2-0 after winning the second Test inside three days as the Tigers registered their first-ever victory by an innings.

Mehidy Hasan finished with career-best Test figures of 12-117 as Bangladesh thrashed West Indies by an innings and 184 runs in Dhaka. The 21-year-old off-spinner’s 7-58 saw the Windies skittled for 111 in their first innings, with only three batsmen reaching double figures.

In the second innings, Shimron Hetmyer hit nine sixes in a carefree 93 from 92 balls but the Windies slumped to 213 and a series defeat.

Jamaican legend Walsh – who took 519 Test wickets for the West Indies – is the fast-bowling coach for Bangladesh and said victory was bittersweet.

“I might say that I am disappointed with probably how things have unfolded, but I am very happy to be involved with Bangladesh,” Walsh was quoted as saying by AFP.

“We are in a winning situation, so my pride is intact. As a West Indian, you are going to be disappointed with the performance.”

Bangladesh spinners Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam and Nayeem Hasan accounted for all 40 wickets to fall, which is a record for a Test series in Bangladesh.

Despite spinners’ dominance, Walsh was confident about the fast bowling talent in the squad.

“Tactically, we wanted to play more spinners to win a Test and the series. It was achieved,” he said.

“Hopefully when we go to New Zealand, the seamers might get a better opportunity. We might get different types of wickets, and they should want to grab those opportunities as well.”

Bangladesh will play three ODIs and as many T20s against West Indies before travelling to New Zealand in February.

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