Sabbir is known to be a hard-hitter, who can play a major role in the middle-order. He used to bat at number six or seven in ODIs. Last year against Afghanistan, he was promoted to number three and scored a fifty.
He has scored 335 runs with three fifties in 14 innings batting at three. The average is only 27.30. Hathurusingha has admitted his mistake. But not for letting Sabbir bat at number three. He has taken the blame to remove Sabbir from three and change his batting order.
He scored 65 against New Zealand in the last match tri-series. In the Champions Trophy, he batted at number six against England and Australia. Imrul Kayes batted at number three. In the last game against New Zealand, Sabbir was brought back to number three again. He managed only eight runs hitting two boundaries.
“I think I should admit that we went away from our original plan in one game, I take the blame. But we still back our initial plan that we need to give players the opportunities to get used to certain places. We believed that he (Sabbir) is good enough to do the job and he has proved in limited opportunities that he got. I’m relying on him.”
Bangladesh have never had a settled batsman at number three slot in ODIs. Aftab Ahmed had 1303 runs at three, but his average was 26.06.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com