Soumya Sarkar’s Maturity Shines Through in Stiff Chase
The third T20I against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar performed with a mature head on his shoulders, laying the foundation for the visitors’ series-clinching victory.
Allowing Cheap Dismissals
Sarkar, who hadn’t played an international match since the March tour of New Zealand, had been chastised in the past for allowing cheap dismissals. In the third T20I, though, he attempted to pace his innings and, at the proper time, slammed the accelerator pedal by collecting two boundaries off Dion Myers.
”I didn’t try to push anything (push the scoring rate) when they were bowling with the new ball because the bounce was not even: some were keeping low while other (deliveries) were carrying (through) at a good height,” he said.
“So I was waiting for one big over because I knew when we can have one big over, the momentum will come on our side. I was only trying to hit one boundary in every over.”
”I was not thinking about my batting position. The only thing I was thinking is that I need to give my best and if I can do that it will be good for me. I am happy to be the Man of the Series, but the most important thing is that I played well.”
Final Touches in Innings
Sarkar also lauded Shamim Hossain, a 20-year-old Bangladeshi batsman, for putting the final touches on the innings. With the score at 150 for4, Shamim stepped out to bat and put together an important 37-run stand with Mamudullah to assist the visitors go closer. Even after Mahmudullah was removed, he maintained his focus and guided the side to victory.
” I think he played an important role and there was some positivity and hunger in him that he wants to win the match by himself and it felt good to see,” he said.
Unable to Lead His Team Victory
Despite having more flexibility in the second T20I, Shamim was unable to lead his team to victory. It gave the left-handed batsman added motivation to stay until the end, he claimed.
‘I couldn’t finish the last match so I had that hunger. I had a target within myself that if I get another opportunity in the next match, then I’d be finishing the game. So now that I have done it, it feels wonderful.
“I had played at the Under-19 level and I had also played in the Dhaka Premier League cricket, but international cricket is very different from it and I am realizing it now. Batsmen get very few loose deliveries in international cricket. They need to maintain the process as well as take the responsibilities,” he added.