Shanto feels missed out on 100
Nazmul Hossain Shanto has found his feet in international cricket after he registered his maiden Test fifty against Zimbabwe on day two in Mirpur.
Shanto came in to the crease minutes before lunch at the dismissal of Saif Hassan. He made use of the opportunity to score vital runs for his side. He previously scored 44 and 38 respectively in Rawalpindi Test against Pakistan.
The 21-year-old left-hander looked solid for a well-deserved hundred but missed out by edging a delivery away from his body off Charlton Tshuma. He made 71 runs off 139 balls with 7 fours.
Bangladesh ended the day with 240/3, another 25 runs behind Zimbabwe. Shanto later admitted that he missed an opportunity on a good surface.
“Obviously, there was a chance. The wicket was good. I think I batted well until I got out. I should’ve converted it into a big score,” he said at the press conference.
Shanto smacked an unbeaten career-high 253* against Central Zone in Bangladesh Cricket League. That innings helped his confidence.
“I felt more confident after that innings in BCL. Playing a big knock recently definitely made my job easier today.”
Shanto made his debut three years ago in New Zealand. Since then he has been in and out of the team. He got himself in the attentions of selectors with domestic performance and a blistering 115* in the BPL (Bangladesh Premier League) T20.
“I think the most important fact is I’ve improved a lot mentally in the last few months,” Shanto described his development. “This really helped boost my confidence. My skills have improved as well. In the past, I felt like I was in a rush but now I am able to understand the merit of the ball. I feel my innings was more organised than before.”