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We have the attack to trouble the opponents: Binod Das

Jan 22, 2016 | Eddie Van Brooks |

Former national team skipper and premier fast bowler Binod Das is once again assisting Nepal coach Jagat Tamatta for the ICC U-19 World Cup. Das heads into the tournament with an experience of assisting former coach Pubudu Dassanayake in Nepal's ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers campaign in Europe. But conditions are definitely going to be different for Nepal in Bangladeshi soil. Das himself holds the experience of playing two U-19 World Cups for Nepal. Ahead of the team's departure, Das talked about his experience and his views regarding the current U-19 team. EXCERPTS: 

As a bowling coach, how do you define look forward to the U-19 World Cup?

Its completely a different scenario in Bangladesh compared to European conditions. The Bangladesh pitches are similar to what we have and the balls have the tendency to turns. We have prepared accordingly. Our side is heavily tilted on spinners and the allrounders have dominated with just one proper medium pacer. We are trying to baance the team according to the nature and quality of the players we have. We implemented certain plans in India (during pre-tournament preparation) and succeeded. We are going to use the same tactics in World Cup. If we execute our plans, we will be in a good shape.

What is our strength?

Our spinners are the strength for us because the attack has variety. We got all the bases covered. There are quality spinners in the side and even Sunil (Dhamala) could be very effective with the new ball. We have done the preparation from our side and now it’s time to implement our plans.

You have already represented Nepal in the World Cup in the past. How is your experience going to help our boys?

More than coach, I am working as a mentor for the team. I am working on the mental aspects of the game. I have been with the team for the last 20 days and technically I've not made any changes. I am instilling in our boys the ways to approach the opponents and how they need to handle themselves at the big stage. I played two World Cups and passing my experience at specific areas, both batting and bowling.

The team doesn't have a proper fast bowler. Is that a concern?

It’s true that there is not a tear away fast bowler in the side. Dipesh Shrestha, the lone fast bowler, has not been able to deliver his best in the last few matches. But getting a lethal bowler is not an overnight achievement as it takes time. There are good medium fast bowlers in all -rounders Aarif Sheikh and Dipendra Airee, plus the presence of quality spinners is a bonus. We have sufficient bowling attack.


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