Mahmudullah Riyad has now three hundreds under his belt in ODIs, all of them have come in ICC tournaments. All of the hundreds are special to him.
Mahmudullah showed his class against New Zealand scoring a 107-ball 102* with 8 fours and 2 sixes to keep his side alive in the Champions Trophy. He came in when his side was 33/4.
“When I went out my intention was to remain positive and play my shots as the balls was moving quite a lot in the first ten overs so it was very tough initially. Two of their best bowlers Southee and Boult were bowling brilliantly but when I went into bat there wasn’t as much swing so my plan was to go after the ball if it was on my zone,” Mahmudullah said about the match situation.
“Honestly, we were not thinking about winning at that time as we concentrated on our batting and waited to see where it takes us. Gradually as we got closer I told Shakib that now we have the opportunity so we can’t let it slip. It was around 130-140 runs when we started to realise that we can reach the target but before that we were playing our natural game and batted positively,” he added.
The right-hander, known as a ‘silent killer’, had scored hundreds against England at Adelaide and New Zealand at Hamilton in 2015 World before getting his third one. Each of those innings were important to him.
“I think all the three hundreds are very special to me as each of the innings were as important.”
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com