Bangladesh’s elegant opening batsman Soumya Sarkar played an impressive knock of 61 against New Zealand, which happened to be the second highest score from the Bangladeshi side. But the problem is, he was dismissed within 25 overs which hindered his side’s possibility of putting up a challenging total on the board, and in the end his team had to concede a four-wicket defeat. [বাংলায় পড়ুন- এমন সৌম্যকেই চাইঃ বাশার]
But Soumya showed much improvement with his batting in the following match against Ireland, as he not only made a solid 87 to lead his team to victory, but more importantly he remained unbeaten till the end to make sure nothing goes against his team out of the blue.
In that particular match, the Satkhira-born cricketer batted 28 overs and was not out, showing the kind of benefit his team can get from the batsman if he stays at the crease. It will be a nightmare for any team if the elegant left-hander can carry his bat for more than 30 overs.
Selector Habibul Bashar also believes that.
“A good-looking fifty cannot be the answer from any top order batsman. When we would want to beat the top sides, especially when we are going to play against teams like England, Australia and New Zealand in the Champions Trophy, someone from top order must play a big knock,” said Bashar.
“In that context, Soumya’s unbeaten 87-run knock was encouraging and it was not because he scored more than 80; rather the fact that he could finish the match. If a batsman like Soumya can stay at the crease for a long while, it will be a big boost for the Bangladesh batting order. I was also happy as he hit one of his sixes over mid-on and he played through the cover rather than only through midwicket,” Bashar concluded.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com