Aliss Islam – From villain to history maker and match winner
Spinner Aliss Islam became the first man in the history of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) to claim a hattrick.
The 22-year old spinner in his first ever BPL match had an immense amount of pressure without any doubt. But the pressure and nervousness turned double when he dropped three vital catches which could have cost Dhaka Dynamites the game.
But who knew that Aliss will fight back in the most shocking possible way. When the match was drifting away from Dhaka despite posting a huge total, Aliss completely changed the scenario of the game and sealed a thrilling 2-run win for his side by claiming BPL’s first ever hattrick. He was also awarded the man of the match.
Aliss began his cricket career in Kathalbagan Green Cresent Club. He played second division cricket for a few years and later was promoted to the first division where a Dynamites’ scout recruited him and made arrangements to train with the Dhaka franchise team.
In the post-match press conference, Aliss revealed his story –
“I was a net bowler for the Dhaka Dynamites. Previously I’ve played in the first division of Dhaka. While practising bowling in the nets, Shujon Sir (the coach of Dhaka, Khaled Mahmud) after watching me, said that he believed that I could play well in the BPL and later took me to his team. Then the team management and players supported me.”
“Last evening, I got to know that I will be playing. Sir [Mahmud] called me up and suggested that I prepare myself physically and mentally. And I was prepared already. It’s a matter of nervousness playing in this big stadium; in this big tournament. At the outset I was outright nervous, then eventually I got rid of it,” he added.
The youngster also revealed how he fought back after dropping three catches on his debut –
“Actually, it was my first match of the BPL. To be frank it was my first match in a stadium. I was literally too nervous. But after dropping the catches, the teammates supported me to a great extent and so did the coach. Everybody provided me with enough strength. Consequently, I believed that if I could land the ball at the right place then something positive might happen. I just wanted to bowl in the right areas.”
Aliss also gave credit to his skipper Shakib Al Hasan for supporting him all the way and also claimed that his bowling action is not questionable at all –
“Shakib bhai just said that it was going all good, just keep landing the ball at the right place. Furthermore, he was confident while countering the sceptics about the legitimacy of his action. No, it (bowling action) didn’t come under controversy ever. However, everybody was pondering. No, actually it wasn’t questionable at all,” he concluded.