I was encouraged to play my natural game: Afif Hossain

Afif Hossain scripted a stunning comeback to revive Bangladesh in the tri-series opener at the home of cricket on Friday night. 

Bangladesh chase down

After the match, the teenage prodigy made it known to others that it was his teammates who encouraged him to play the natural game.

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“They gave me freedom to play with my own style. My intention was to play my natural game and try to bat according to the situation,”

Afif said.

The hosts clasped a 3 wicket win even after got down to 60 for 6 at one stage chasing 145 in rain-curtailed 18 overs.

“Nothing much was said before I went to bat. Everyone just told me to play my natural game. Of course that first boundary changed the momentum but they tried to attack leaving four fielders outside the circle, and then when I tried I could just pick the ball so I could hit the first ball,” he added pulling off 52 in just 26 deliveries.

Afif and Mosaddek Hossain built up an 82-run seventh wicket partnership that saw Bangladesh winning the match with two deliveries to spare.

The 19-year old was dropped after making his debut in February last year but crafted his return through performing in High Performance Unit and ‘A’ team.

“I did not care that I was dropped and I was only eyeing to perform at my best wherever I play so that I can come back,” said Afif.

“The real debut was one year before. In the second match I tried to contribute so that I can hold my place in the team. I am really satisfied with my performance because I played a match winning innings but had I remained not out, I would have felt better,” he concluded.


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