Bangladesh top-order batsman Imrul Kayes has vowed to perform better in the tour of South Africa but admitted that the two-match Test series against the Proteas will be challenging for the Tigers.
“It will be a challenging tour for us and also for myself. Actually not only South Africa, every series is challenging for me. I will try to play well. I am working on that. South Africa will be tough for me, Tamim [Iqbal], Mushfiqur [Rahim] and for everyone else,” Imrul told the media in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
“Everyone knows that South Africa pitches are more fast and bouncy. We have practised indoors in the last few days. We will practice in South Africa for three days. We have a practice match there. We will try to adjust there,” he said.
Imrul has played 30 Tests so far for Bangladesh and after almost nine years in his Test career, the left-hander has not yet cemented his spot in the playing XI.
“In the international level, everyone feels pressure. Sometimes it’s tough to handle such pressure as well. I did not perform upto the mark in the last two Tests (against Australia). I got injured in New Zealand and then did not perform well in Sri Lanka as well. Overall, I will judge myself a bit unlucky. My performance could have been better if I did not face that injury during the New Zealand tour,” he said.
“The way I am playing at the moment, it is tough for me. I know I have to score runs in every series. Otherwise the next series becomes a pressure for me. Sometimes I get success, sometimes not. But I will try to play well in future,” he added.
The last time Bangladesh visited South Africa in 2008, Imrul made his debut.
He scored 10, four in the first Test and six and five in the second.
“There is not many memories from that tour. I got my debut in that series. It was Test cricket and it was against South Africa on their home soil. It was obviously tough for me. But I batted with courage. Senior players told me to hold that courage in future,” he explained.
The last series against Australia was poor for him from a batting point of view as he came out to bat at a crucial position – No 3 - for the team.
Imrul managed to score nought, two in the first Test and four and 15 in the second.
But Imrul informed that head coach Chandika Hathurusingha talked with him and gave him confidence to perform well in the South Africa series.
“The coach has talked with me. He gave me confidence. Coach said to me that I have scored runs in two-three years. We will not drop you after not scoring runs in three-four innings. So play according to yourself. No problem,” he concluded.