Kayes confident of carrying ODI form into Tests
The three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe came as a breath of fresh air in Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes’s career. At one point it seemed like his career was all but over. Now, after the Zimbabwe series, he can certainly hope for a redemption in his Test career as well.
Not that Kayes’s Test numbers are impressive to look at. He did not feature in Bangladesh’s last two-match Test series in West Indies. He played his last Test against Sri Lanka in February this year, but has not been among runs for a while. He could not make a fifty in his last 16 Test innings since that 78 against England in October 2016. After playing 34 Tests in his 10-year career, his average stands at just 26.23.
But the recent Zimbabwe ODIs boosted the left-hander’s confidence in such a way that he is now looking to continue his phenomenal run-spree in the elite version of the game as well.
“The format is different. But when you are among the runs, it gives you enough confidence regardless of whether you scored in ODIs, Tests or T20Is. The main thing is confidence and I will try to carry my ODI form into the Test series.
“It is easy to say but hard to do. I haven’t played well in Test for long, but have done well before. Everyone goes through bad times but it’s best not to think about that,” he added.
Imrul scored 144, 90 and 115 respectively in the three matches against Zimbabwe to have a grand total of 349, Bangladesh’s highest run-scorer in a three-match series, against the previous best Tamim Iqbal’s 312 against Pakistan in 2015.
According to Kayes, converting fifties to centuries is the key and now that he is being able to do that, everyone is heaping praise on him. He also has grown the feeling that he now knows the art of capitalising on good starts.
“I have had some good scores but all finished in the 50s, 60s or 70s. If you look back at 2010, I scored around a thousand runs [867 runs in ODIs], but it was not considered big because hundreds were missing. Now, as I have got centuries, everyone is considering it big. But I know how to play big knocks and now I am trying to capitalise on good starts,” he said.