Robiul Islam August 25, 2013

'When Dilshan sledged me, I told him to do his job'

Bangladesh quick Robiul Islam on getting wickets verbally, and the importance of an education

First memorable sledge
I have sledged batsmen at every level, from the Satkhira leagues to first-class cricket, and I have got wickets through sledging too!

The best one I remember so far from Test cricket was in Sri Lanka earlier this year. In the second innings of the Colombo Test this year, I was sledging Dimuth Karunaratne when Tillakaratne Dilshan stepped in. He started to sledge me, and I told him to do his job. He kept doing it, every ball, when he was completing his run. I eventually had him bowled as he was trying to charge at me every ball after we started talking.

First time at Lord's
I was very nervous. I had taken 12 wickets in the three warm-up matches leading up to the Lord's Test. My confidence was high as a result, but when the team was declared the night before the game, I had trouble sleeping.

The first thought that popped into my head was that my international debut was going to be at Lord's. It was a lot of fun playing there. One look at the ground and you fall in love with it. I felt a little uneasy bowling in the first innings, because there is the famous slope on the wicket. I was very excited, but I had to overcome the feeling and get used to the slope. But the five days just slipped by.

First autograph I took
I took it for a younger brother, and it was of Mashrafe bhai [Mortaza]. It was my first autograph of an international player, and so far the only one I have taken.

First time I hit a batsman
I have hit a few since my school days, but the one I remember is hitting a guy called Rony. He used to play for Palli Mangal School and I was playing for Satkhira BN Bohumukhi High School. We were playing on a matting wicket, and when the ball struck him as he tried to fend it, it crushed his helmet and he suffered a severe head injury. He needed eight stitches afterwards.

First cricketing lesson
You have to be serious about your education. How long will a cricketer remain in the game? He has to complete his graduation for real life after he quits the game. Players get injured after a few years of service, sometimes for long periods and eventually quit the game at an early age. What do you do then, especially without proper education?

I have learned it myself, and I would like to tell all the youngsters coming through: please concentrate on your studies and play cricket alongside.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • shuvo on August 27, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    Robiul's Speed is 120kph!!!!!! R u serious??? @Perera32

    Its ok man.. Its ok with 16million people of BD,dat u dont know we know him & thats enough for us!!! @Vinayak Uttarkar

  • Muhammad Rakibul on August 26, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Hey guys, why r u bashing this bowler for sledging Dilshan? I found no arrogant or dominant tone in his comments about sledging. U all have to remember he has a short international career. So sledging Dilshan early this year may b his most memorable sledging for him so far. Nothing wrong with that. Try to pick the brighter side of his interview. I really liked what he had replied in last question.

  • Jay on August 26, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    I think Robiul should have told his entire Bangladeshi team mates about doing their jobs properly. Because, it seems Bangladesh simply don't know how to win games of cricket still. And they have been around international cricket since 2000. How many games have Bangladesh won both in tests and ODIs during that time ? I could count it all with my fingers. So much to learn still Robiul.

  • Dummy4 on August 26, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Has he taken wickets than Murali, Warni, McGrath or Akram, his voice like that.

  • Arsalan on August 25, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    i never see such a sensible message from a cricketer (last question).

  • TKJ on August 25, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Love good cricket not this type of Useless words.We support Dilshan the way his batting and attitude.

  • Suss on August 25, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    LOL I remember this "attempted sledge", Dilshan scored more than 50 runs after that sledge from this Robiul guy. I really doubt Dilshan lost his wicket due to Robiul sledging him. After Dilshan got out, Sri lanka only needed a couple of runs to Win the Test match and series. What a fail, Robiul seems to say this like Bangladesh won the match with his sledge. I personally don't like it when Bowlers sledge, especially when the bowler bowls at 120kph and has a bowling average of nearly 60 in ODI's.

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Here's a boy with his head screwed the right way on. Excellent advice about balancing sports and studies. All the very best to him.

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Keep it up buddy.....u r a resource of Bd cricket

  • Android on August 25, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Islam who?

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