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Soumya ready to take all-rounder role

  • Published at 09:10 pm January 29th, 2020
Soumya Sarkar looks at his bat during training in Mirpur Wednesday BCB

According to Soumya, he is comfortable with the thought as it creates more opportunities for him to finish a day on the field on a good note

Soumya Sarkar had started out his career as a top-order batsman. 

However, with his ability of bowling medium pace, Bangladesh think-tank is thinking of bringing out the all-rounder option in him. 

And according to Soumya, he is comfortable with the thought as it creates more opportunities for him to finish a day on the field on a good note.

Bowling military medium pace, Soumya in his last five ODIs was given the chance to chance his arm in four matches where he bowled a total of 18 overs.

His best ODI figure of 3/56 came in the last match against Sri Lanka during Bangladesh’s last 50-over game, that was played in the Island country in July, 2019. 

In T20Is, Soumya bowled in three out of five matches, alongside performing his regular duty as a batsman. 

And very recently, the decision makers in the Bangladesh dressing-room experimented with the 26-year-old, deploying him in the lower middle-order in the two T20Is against host Pakistan.

 Soumya reacts BCB

In the first match, the left-handed batsman scored only seven facing five deliveries and in the second added an unbeaten five to the board in as many deliveries.

Till date, Soumya has found himself batting below No 5 eight times in 48 T20Is. 

The best socre, 39 in 30 balls, came against host New Zealand in 2017. 

The current Bangladesh management’s plan to make Soumya bat down the order was driven from their search for a hard hitter in the latter part of the innings in T20Is.

“[Playing as an all-rounder is] Better for me I think as I will have to deal with two jobs. That way you can be happy if you get to perform at least in one department. But with only the batting role, my chances to perform becomes less and not performing in that regard makes you feel like you have had a bad day,” Soumya tried to explain to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Wednesday.

When queried of his work-in-progress as a lower middle-order batsman, Soumya informed, “I did not get a long time to think about it. The team thought of the best, so I do not have much opinion here.”

Completion of the first of the three-part tour of Pakistan has made the national cricketers switch mode now to red-ball cricket. 

Soumya makes a point as Nazmul Hossain Shanto and Saif Hasan listen BCB

Bangladesh in their first part of the tour of Pakistan played three T20Is, losing the series 2-0, with the third game getting abandoned. 

The Tigers will play a Test when the side travel to Rawalpandi Monday for the second phase of the bilateral series.

Bangladesh cricketers have joined their respective teams in the Bangladesh Cricket League, franchise-based four-day cricket tournament, set to start Friday.

Occasion is the first for Soumya that he will feature for a different team this season having played all the previous editions only for Prime Bank South Zone. 

Playing for Walton Central Zone in the four-team tournament, Soumya is optimistic of a good result from his side.

“For being a champion, it depends on how a team are performing on the field. Team performance is vital for getting a good result. When I played for South Zone, most of us used to be from Khulna [division]. The gelling was good and we had experienced players in the dressing room,” said Soumya.

“These create chances of a result. Here [Central Zone] players have come playing for different divisions. Thinking that way, it can be difficult but if the players stick to their game with red-ball [results will be positive],” the Satkhira cricketer added.