First Test boosted my confidence: Ariful
Debutant Ariful Haque, who was the only man that fought well against the Zimbabwe bowlers in the first Test gave credit to National Cricket League (NCL) for his improvement in batting.
Ariful scored 41 runs in the first innings and 38 runs in the 2nd. In both the occasions he missed his maiden half century due to lack of support from the other end. He also remained unbeaten in the first innings.
After the practice session on Friday, Ariful told reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium:
“Of course, my runs in National Cricket League (NCL) has benefited me. My confidence has been improved after smashing 200 (231 runs) in NCL. As a result, I have done well in my batting in the last Test in Sylhet.”
The all-rounder also feels the debut Test has boosted his confidence and he now targets to play in all three formats of the game for Bangladesh.
“Actually the first Test has gone well that boosted my confidence. Bowlers in international level will not give balls to hit easily and so you have to wait in that way. A different thought process need to be implemented and probably there is some change in my thinking as well. I had a dream of playing Tests and now my aim is to play across all formats.”
Ariful had to bat with the tail-enders in both the innings and he missed his half century in the first innings due to Abu Jayed who ran himself out. However, the all-rounder doesn’t mind batting with the tail-enders s that was the case in NCL as well.
“I always bat with the tail-enders in Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) and National Cricket League (NCL). You have to play four balls. Actually you can’t expect more from them. They also try to give me strike. May be I will play 4-5 balls and give them one or two.”
Despite suffering a shock defeat in the first Tests, Ariful insists the team is not taking any extra pressure and he believes they can win the 2nd Test match if their main bowler Mustafizur Rahman plays.
“There is no pressure on us. Our main bowler [Mustafizur] did not play the match and we should win when he comes back.”