First achievement is unlocked for Nasir Hossain. The all-rounder has proved himself and made his way into the national squad. Now the off-spinning all-rounder sets his sights on getting back into the playing eleven. And once that is done, Nasir will be looking to re-establish his spot in the Tigers outfit. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ধন্যবাদ জানালেন নাসির]
At the best of times, Nasir was known as ‘The Finisher’. He always says, he likes to play this role very much. He is once again eagerly waiting to take the challenge of finishing off a match for the national team. If given chance in Ireland, Nasir desires to grab the opportunity with both hands.
“Thanks to those who selected me. They kept their faith in me. I have always tried hard to perform with everything I have. Whenever and wherever I got an opportunity, I triend to make the best of it by performing. Now, getting a chance is not the last word. Now the most important part awaits me, and that is to go there and perform,” said Nasir.
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He also added, ‘Of course I will be looking to go back to where I had belonged. I always like to finish a match. Now I have the feeling that I have got back my best rhythm. If I get the match-playing opportunity, I will try to play in the way I used to play before.”
However, things won’t be that easy for Nasir. Sabbir Rahman may have been promoted up the order to play at number three, still there are several more good all-rounders to give him tough competition. As Mehedi Hasan Miraz is mostly used as a genuine bowling option despite being an all-rounder, and Mahmudullah Riyad is a senior citizen of the team, Nasir will receive stiff challenge from Mosaddek Hossain Saikat to grab a spot in the playing eleven.
But Nasir is not off the view to take things this way, as he is not interested to ‘compete’ with his teammates. “I am not giving it much thought. I am not thinking about the other players, because everyone represents Bangladesh. So things shouldn’t be like this. The most important thing is to perform. If I get a chance somehow, I will try to perform really well. I want to establish my place in the team by good performance.”
Nasir knows spectators have been waiting for him, and to see playing in the national team. In fact it has been his huge fan base that was always vocal on social media about his inclusion to the national side. Asked if so much support also brings some added pressure, Nasir admitted the reality but also added that he also gets confidence from this.
“True that it adds pressure on you. But at the same time it gives you confidence as well. People love me, they pray for me – it’s a great achievement for me. That people love me, I get the proof day in and day out. So if I get a chance, I must give something back to them.”
Nasir had some shortcomings in pace bowling. He hadn’t been among runs in international cricket. National head coach Chandika Hathurusingha had told him to score heavily if he wanted to come back to the national team. And over the last few months, Nasir did just that.
In the last edition of National Cricket League (NCL), Nasir got his career’s first double century, He also made a magnificent hundred in the Emerging Asia Cup. Then he also started the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPL) with a marauding knock of three digits. Nasir said these runs had been the prize of his hardwork.
“Despite being out of the national team, I played a lot of matches. I played several four-day matches, Then I played in the Emerging Asia Cup. I practiced hard. Now I feel like I am getting my prize.
“My confidence level is now in a better condition than any other time. When you continue scoring runs, naturally your confidence goes up. And as what I said, getting a chance is not all. You have to justify your inclusion through good performance.”
Nasir remained unbeaten in all three matches of the DPL so far. His team also got comfortable and comprehensive victories. And he wants to also keep up the consistency in Ireland.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com