O’Neill sees ‘no problem’ with Soumya’s batting

O'Neill sees 'no problem' with Soumya's batting


Bangladesh’s aggressive opener Soumya Sarkar hasn’t been in good form of late. He has struggled in Bangladesh’s last international assignment in the form of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales.

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Still, Bangladesh’s short-term batting consultant for the upcoming Australia Tests Mark O’Neill doesn’t see any problem with Soumya’s batting technique. After closely watching Soumya’s batting at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Sunday (August 6), O’Neill declared that Soumya’s problem lies not in his technique but in his mind.

“I don’t see any problem with his technique. Not only Soumya, everyone else of the team hits the ball with the middle of the bat most of the time, just like the big team players. They can send the ball wherever they want. The problem lies in their mentality. They have to be more self confident and believe that they too are world class batsmen. The Australia Tests could be the litmus test for them.”

Many are of the belief that Soumya is way too aggressive, and he tends to smash the ball everytime, which doesn’t go well with him always. However, O’Neill thinks differently.

“If it’s a ball to hit, you must hit. As a batting coach, I don’t bring a change in anyone’s natural batting approach. My job is to make sure they are doing well, and being consistent by taking less risks and playing less bad shots,” he said.


– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent,

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