‘Bangladesh cricketers have grown confidence’
Getting dismissed for a mere 233 runs inside the first day’s play of a Test match is definitely not something to cheer about. But a little trivia is: Bangladesh have played three Tests since the World Cup last year, and so far this is their highest total from an innings.
And rightfully so, Bangladesh batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto is not quite disappointed for his team’s performance on the first day of the Rawalpindi Test, rather he thinks the cricketers have grown some much needed confidence which they can cash in for the remainder of the match.
According to Shanto, they have now realized how they could fare well on this wicket, and so he is optimistic about the Tigers batsmen doing better in the second innings.
“Mominul bhai, Riyad bhai or me, we all got off to a good start; Mithun bhai played a good innings. So we have now grown the confidence inside us that we could do well here. Cashing in this confidence, hopefully we will be able to create partnerships and build big individual scores in the secons innings,” hoped the 21-year-old.
The elegant left-hander also shared his experience about the Rawalpindi wicket, “There were movements [on the wicket] in first 5 or 6 overs. They pitched the ball in good areas during this time. But if can hold onto our patience, hopefully we will get a good outcome.”
Shanto informed that now the team’s main focus will be on Pakistan’s first innings. “Now we are concentrating on our bowling. We should have batted out the entire day. But now it is past. We will now have to think about what lies ahead. If we can bowl in good areas, we can hope for getting something really good.”