Soumya aims big innings
Soumya Sarkar has not featured in a Test match for over a year, but now finally he has a chance to play one, as he has been included in the 13-man Bangladesh squad for the first Test against West Indies, starting from November 22.
Soumya told the reporters on Sunday (November 18) that he is looking to play big innings, provided he gets an opportunity to play in the match scheduled to take place at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
‘I’ll try to play a good game. No matter in what position I play, I’ll try to survive at the crease for a long time,’ Soumya said at the end of the first day’s play of the two-day practice match at the MA Aziz Stadium.
He also added, ‘It’ll be possible for me to play long innings when I’m able to tackle bowlers at the beginning.’
As Soumya observed from the approach of the West Indians on the first day, they negotiated the Bangladeshi spinners quite comfortably, which makes him think that the Bangladeshi bowlers too have to up their game in order to hold the upper hand against the visitors.
‘If we can produce quality [spin] bowling in a good position continuously, they may fail to overcome,’ he said.
‘Our spinners bowled well and they [West Indies batsmen] also handled those in a good manner. They played their last series against India, so they’ve become acquainted with the spin bowling than before.
Shakib Al Hasan, the regular Test skipper of the side, is going to make a return in the first Test after missing the Zimbabwe series with an injured finger. Soumya hopes the inclusion of Shakib will help the team play better cricket against a stronger opposition.
‘Shakib bhai is a big part of our game. All team members are happy with his return. In the last series, our team played good and we hope we’ll play better with his return,’ said the Satkhira-born cricketer.