I don’t think about my own run, I play for the team – Imrul Kayes
Imrul Kayes’s BPL journey started with a match-winning knock of 61-run off just 38 balls against Sylhet Thunder. Then his next six innings saw 12, 44*, 6, 40, 62 and 10 respectively. Imrul scored 239 runs in 7 matches with the average of 39.16 and strike-rate of 141.56 for Chattogram Challengers.
Which had been still the highest among the locals. However, Imrul is now fifth on the list of highest run scorer. He was at the top of the list with 117 runs in 3 matches at the end of the first phase of Dhaka. He scored 122 runs in the next four games but dropped to number five.
However, There had been no frustration about this in Imrul. Because he had not worried about his own run. Rather, Imrul did whatever was needed for the good of the team.
Imrul said on Thursday in the break of the practice session,
“I am not really thinking about the number. Thinking about these, I might have played my own game in the matches I didn’t get too many runs. Maybe by playing 50 balls I could have made 60-70 runs for myself. But I’m trying to play as the team wants. How big my run is now is not that big. How many runs at the end of the tournament is a big deal. But I’m not paying much attention to that.”
So far Imrul had been out under 10 runs in just one match and had played 40+ innings in four matches. But in the recent tour in India, he could not even go double digits in total four innings of two Tests.
Regarding this, Imrul said, “I must admit I did not play good cricket in the India series. Not only me, none of us played good cricket. Part of India ended there. If you think about that, you have to go back. I deleted it there.”
Talking about the new start in the BPL, he added, “The tournament has started in Bangladesh and I am thinking again. I started the BPL with new rhythm and Alhamdulillah got off to a good start. I have the confidence to play well in the front. When I play bad, when I play good – that’s not the way of thinking. It’s good to think about the next match.”