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Soumya hopeful of finishing group stage strongly

  • Published at 08:23 pm June 25th, 2019
Bangladesh's Soumya Sarkar walks back to the dressing room following his dismissal during their World Cup match against Afghanistan in Southampton Monday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Southampton

Soumya Sarkar has scored 3, 10, 29, 2, 25 and 42 in his six innings in the World Cup so far

Bangladesh opening batsman Soumya Sarkar believes the Tigers can win their remaining two group stage games, first against India at Edgbaston and then against Pakistan at Lord’s.

Bangladesh camp is in confident mood after defeating Afghanistan comprehensively on a tricky pitch at Hampshire Bowl in Southampton Monday.

Before the crucial India clash, Bangladesh players will enjoy a four-day break before resuming training Sunday.

“We played good cricket in the last match. We won in dominant fashion, and it was important for us. We still have two games in hand. The two games are huge. We have one week in our hand, and a few days’ break. The way we have played in recent times, if we can stick to our gameplan and put up our best effort, then definitely we can win these two matches,” said Soumya.

Soumya batted at No 5 against Afghanistan as the team management decided to send Liton Kumar Das to open with Tamim Iqbal to tackle the Afghanistan spin attack. 

Soumya scored three off 10 deliveries and was adjudged leg-before wicket against off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman. 

Soumya said he can bat in any position for the sake of the team.

“I always said, my first preference is the team. I will bat at any position where my team need me. Even if I score one run in a different batting position, and if that benefits the team, I’d feel happy. So when the team asked me to bat a bit down against Afghanistan, I totally agreed for the sake of the team, and that is no problem with me,” he added.

Soumya heaped praise on majestic all-rounder Shakib al Hasan for his brilliant form in the World Cup, and informed that he has learnt a lot from the world’s No 1 all-rounder.

“Shakib bhai is playing superbly. It’s a big thing for players like us that we are sharing the dressing room with him. He has broken many records for Bangladesh, and playing consistently well. Personally I have learnt a lot from Shakib bhai,” he explained.

Soumya was in good touch in the tri-nation ODI series in Ireland, but has not scored a fifty yet in the World Cup in six matches. 

The southpaw needs to score big in the remaining two matches as the Tigers require a strong opening partnership in the upcoming games to lay a good platform for a win.  

Soumya has scored 3, 10, 29, 2, 25 and 42 in his six innings in the World Cup so far.