BPL has changed my life : Rony

Jannatul Naym Pieal

Representing own country is the pinnacle of every sportsman’s career. So was the dream of young pace gun Abu Haider Rony. And now the 19-year-old paceman is just one step away from achieving his dream. He has been called up to the Bangladesh national sauad for the first two T20Is against Zimbabwe.

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But what if someone would say Rony just two months ago that he was going to break into the Tigers national fold soon? Would Rony believe him? Most probably not. Because despite having played for the Bangladesh Under-19 team and being a regular face in the domestic circuit, Rony wasn’t one of the most popular emerging talents and not too many people did know him.

However, Rony got to play just a single season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) last month and the whole scenerio surrounding his saw a dramatic change overnight. Notching 21 wickets, Rony not only became the highest wicket-taker of the BPL-3, but more importantly drew attention of many. And the national selectors were no exception. They too found something extraordinary in Rony and hence he is now in the Tigers squad.

But is Rony satisfied? No, it’s just the beginning of a long journey that he always dreams of. He knows he has way to go. But before that, he has to ensure his place in the playing XI. “My first goal is to make it to the best eleven. I have always dreamt of sporting in the national colours since I was a little boy. And today I am almost there. But the dream is yet to be fulfilled until I am playing for my country in the middle. And if I am given a go, I will try my best to firm my place in the team,” said Rony.

The call up to the national squad didn’t surprise Rony much, because he got some hints from Mashrafe Bin Mortaza that he might be selected for the Zimbabwe series. But it was his mother who provided him the ultimate good news.

“I guessed I was going to get a place in the squad because once during the preliminary camp Mashrafe bhai said to me, ‘Get ready! You may need to play’, I from there got the point that I might have a chance.

“But I didn’t have to give the news to my family. Rather even before I heard the official announcement, my mother called me and said over mobilephone, ‘You have been selected. We are watching your news on TV.’ I realized how happy she was after watching the news,” said Rony.

Rony was very grateful to Mashrafe as well, “Just one BPL has changed my life. And I was most lucky to have Mashrafe bhai as captain. He is a great leader. But he is more an elder brother than a captain or teammate. He is so kind and well behaved. He knows my strengths and abilities very well. I too now can understand what he is expecting from me. So I hope this will come of help if I get to play in the final eleven.”

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