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Old October 25, 2014, 08:48 AM
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Shane Warne's skill and charisma acted as a catalyst for the revival of legspin bowling worldwide, so it is hard to fathom why Bangladesh - a spinner-filled country - took so long to unearth a specialist wristspinner. And when they finally did, it happened quickly. Jubair Hossain, Bangladesh's 74th Test cricketer and their first specialist legspinner, had all of two first-class matches to show for experience.

"He has got a very mature head. That is the key," Shakib Al Hasan told ESPNcricinfo after Jubair took two wickets on his first day in Test cricket. "I never felt that he was nervous. It never felt like he was playing his first game. That's a good sign. He will have to keep working hard and do the right things. He still has a long way to go and I think he can win many games for Bangladesh.

"The way he bowled, it was inspiring for the whole team because as a legspinner, especially a debutant, you couldn't have expected too much, but I think he gave us more than that."

Popularly known by his nickname Likhon, Jubair not only broke into the Test team, leapfrogging an ever-lengthening queue of left-arm spinners, but also broke new ground. Bangladesh have had players who dabbled with the craft: Mohammad Ashraful used to get sharp turn with his wrist spin before he switched to offbreaks, and Alok Kapali once took a hat-trick against Pakistan but could only pick up three more wickets in his Test career.

You have to go back all the way to 1988 to find Bangladesh's last specialist legspinner, and Wahidul Gani is more famous for being the coach who discovered Ashraful. He was the first specialist legbreak bowler to play for Bangladesh but his debut ODI - against Pakistan in Chittagong - was also his last international game.

Once Bangladesh's squad for the first Test was announced, Jubair's debut was almost certain because there were only two other spinners to choose from and spin was going to be the weapon of choice against Zimbabwe. The captain Mushfiqur Rahim, however, held Jubair back until the last over before lunch. In those six deliveries, he gave a good account of himself - he tossed the ball up, got it to dip, and more importantly he did not lose his length, something that happens often with legspinners even at the top of their game.
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