He has mostly been considered as a Test bowler, by the selectors and the fans as well. Despite his pace being on the slower side, he keeps a solid line and length to trouble the batsmen more often than not. Abu Jayed Rahi himself believes that he has to maintain and better his line and length if he wants to survive in international cricket for long.
Talking to the media after a fine show in day one of the second Test at Mirpur, Rahi mentioned that he has already realised the importance of keeping his line and length right to survive longer in international cricket and he always keeps that in mind.
"See, my pace is a bit slower. So I have to keep my line and length right. I know this is my weapon and I have to maintain it well if I want to survive in international cricket. I have no second option. I always keep this in mind while bowling," Rahi said.
Rahi mentioned the wicket is still flat and hasn't behaved the way the team expected yet. He added that it will take a bit more time to get the turn as they are expecting.
The right-arm fast bowler got the chance to play international cricket almost after a year and he was a bit out of control at first. But he did come back strong and picked up two important wickets in the day. One was Kyler Mayers, who single-handedly beat Bangladesh in the first Test.
There have been a lot of criticisms on team management's decision to play only one pacer in both Tests. Rahi, however, believes there was no need for another pacer.
"When we took the second new ball, I actually didn't feel the necessity of two fast bowlers."
Rahi was satisfied with the overall performance of the team on day one and believes bowling Windies out for 270 to 300 will give Bangladesh a real chance to win the match. He thinks the match is still in 50-50 balance for both the sides and the first session tomorrow will be very important.