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Mosaddek focusing on his own role

  • Published at 08:47 pm June 29th, 2019
Bangladesh's Mosaddek Hossain briefs the media in Birmingham Saturday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Birmingham

The 23-year old is focusing on his own game-plan and aiming to fulfill his role properly in the upcoming matches

Bangladesh middle-order batsman Mosaddek Hossain is well aware of his role for the Tigers in the batting order, and said he is focusing on his game-plan to keep performing well.  

The right-hander played an outstanding match-winning innings in the tri-nation ODI series final against the West Indies in Ireland as he scored 52 off just 27 deliveries with two fours and five sixes. 

Since then, he has earned his spot in the playing XI in the No 7 position at the batting order in place of Sabbir Rahman.

Mosaddek has played some handy innings in the World Cup so far.  

And he also providing crucial bowling support with his off-spinners as Mahmudullah is currently not being able to bowl due to his injured shoulder. 

Now the 23-year old is focusing on his own game-plan and aiming to fulfill his role properly in the upcoming matches.  

“Actually I am not thinking too much about the tri-series final in Ireland. Before the World Cup, I prepared myself mentally to perform better. I knew I have to play well if I get the opportunity. I just tried to prepare myself accordingly so that whenever my team need me, I can deliver. So far, things are going right for me and I will try to perform better in the next couple of matches,” Mosaddek said to the media in Birmingham Saturday.

Mashrafe bin Mortaza speaks over the phone Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Birmingham

“Batting at No 7 is challenging, not only for me only but for everyone actually. There is limited time to get settled down because batsman at No 7 needs to score quick runs, and always have to utilize scoring options. In the Dhaka Premier League, I tried to bat considering this batting order and score with a better strike rate,” he added.

Mosaddek generally bats in the middle-order in domestic cricket but in the national team he has to bat at No 7 where he is required to score quick runs in the slog overs, or finish the match. 

And his bowling is proving to be useful in the UK conditions as well as spinners are often getting help when the wickets become a bit slow. 

Mosaddek admitted that with the current batting line-up it is difficult for him to bat higher up the order, but he is happy with his role and eager to contribute for the team.

“From the age level or in DPL, I usually batted a bit higher, but in the national team, we have plenty of experienced players who have scored a lot of runs over the years. I know I will not get the chance to bat higher at the moment,” said Mosaddek.

“And about bowling, I knew that I needed to bowl five-six overs in a match. My job is to keep the pressure and bowl enough dot balls, rather than take wickets regularly. I am focusing on that,” he added.

Bangladesh players were granted four-day leave in order freshen up and recharge themselves.

 India's MS Dhoni arrives at their team hotel Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Birmingham

Mosaddek believes such a break was needed for the players and that they are ready to get back to training.  

“We were playing continuously and it’s a long tournament. I think we needed a break. Everyone utilized this break and we will start practicing today. We have two important matches ahead. Hopefully, it (break) will help us to get refreshed and perform better,” he added.

Bangladesh team will practice Sunday at Edgbaston ahead of their next game against India, which will be played Tuesday. 

After that they will play Pakistan at Lord’s Friday.

Bangladesh have seven points from as many matches, including three wins. 

The Tigers need to win both games, and hope for other favorable results in order to make it to the semi-final.