Soumya aims to correct short ball weakness
Passing the short ball test is a challenge for Bangladeshi batsmen in Australia and New Zealand. The newest member of the team, top order batsman Soumya Sarkar was out to a short ball after a score of 20 off 18 balls in his only ODI. Knowing the conditions in the World cup, he has been working on batting with plastic and tennis balls to improve his technique against the short stuff, he told reporters yesterday.
Q: You are the least experienced among all cricketers. What have you changed in your batting?
Soumya : I haven’t made too many changes in my batting. The rules of cricket will be the same, just the conditions will be different. If I have my basics right I can do well in any condition.
Q: How are you planning about tacking pace?
Soumya : I am practicing against the bowling machine as well as net bowlers. Facing pace will be a crucial thing in the World cup.
Q : You are mainly a batsman, but are you working on your bowling as well?
Soumya : I always try my best, whether it is with the bat or ball. If I get a chance to bowl I will do my best.
Q: You were in the team during the under 19 World cup which was held in Australia. How will the experience of playing there help you?
Soumya : Yes, I have the experience of playing there and it will help me. However, that was youth world cup, and here the magnitude of the occasion and conditions are different. Anyways I will try to adjust to the pitches and conditions.
Q: You were dismissed off a short ball in your only international game. Is the short ball a problem for you?
Soumya : I am working on this issue in the nets. If I can practice more and more, then I believe I can get over this weakness.
Q: Which position do you prefer to bat?
Soumya : I normally bat at the top of the order. But if my team needs me to bat at a different position I will be ready.
Q: How important is footwork in those conditions?
Soumya: Footwork is an important part of batting all the times, regardless of conditions. Without a good footwork you cannot bat well.
Q: Which issues are bowling coach Heath Streak working on?
Soumya: As I don’t have much pace, I need to bowl in good areas. The slower might be an effective weapon, too. He is working on improving these areas. As the world cup is near, we are not learning anything new, just focusing on our strengths.