Nayeem Hasan credited the bowling of Taijul Islam for his wickets and bowling in partnerships helped in the first day of the one-off Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at Mirpur on Saturday.
"Taijul Bhai bowled well from the other end, so I got the wickets from my end. It's about bowling in partnerships," Nayeem said at the post-day press-conference.
Nayeem bowled for 32 overs straight from one end and ended up taking four wickets including that of Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine, who scored a century to give Zimbabwe a solid foundation.
"The plan I had was to bowl in a particular area. As spinners, we need to vary our pace and bowl consistently in the right spot," Nayeem explained.
The 19-year-old off-spinner also explained that bowling in long spells in the domestic circuit helped him bowl such a long spell on Saturday.
"I'm used to bowling long spells in the National League and if you can keep patient and bowl in the right spot, the wickets will come. I got 21 wickets in the National League and bowled a lot there so that gave me the confidence to do well here."
With Shakib Al Hasan out of all forms of cricket because of a ban imposed by the ICC, Nayeem admitted that the premier all-rounder's absence was felt.
"If Shakib Bhai was here, it would have been better and if he's here then he also adds to the batting too," Nayeem concluded