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Mashrafe: Anamul played positive, fearless cricket

  • Published at 07:11 pm January 18th, 2018
  • Last updated at 04:49 am January 19th, 2018
Mashrafe: Anamul played positive, fearless cricket
Opener Anamul Haque in his comeback game for Bangladesh struck a flashy 14-ball 19, when the host took on Zimbabwe in the first game of the tri-nation ODI series Monday. It was a golden opportunity for the right-handed batsman to lengthen his innings, given the condition, and the fact that his side were chasing a small total of 171 runs. Despite his short stay at the crease, it seems Anamul’s brief stay in the middle had a positive impact on the dressing room. Such was the positive impression of the innings that Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza termed it “the Bangladesh brand of cricket” when queried about how the side were looking to surprise the opponent. “There is nothing special that can done to surprise the opponent. We will play the way we did in the past few years to get the success,” said Mashrafe to the media Thursday. “Anamul is back in the side after almost three years or so but the way he started was exactly what the team wanted. To play fearless cricket. Of course he had a chance to score more as it was not a big target we were chasing, and there was no pressure. But we will back him for the way he batted as it shows he is positive. He played with the set-up which the team want from him. Things like this help you to win matches,” the veteran pacer added. Anamul last played for Bangladesh in the 2015 World Cup before incurring a shoulder injury during a group stage game. This saw the wicketkeeper-batsman get derailed from the national fold. It was also said he was not being able to deliver as per the requirement of the team and that the batsman needed to better his strike-rate. Former Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha played a key role to keep Anamul off selection consideration. But with Hathurusingha making an exit from the Bangladesh job and the national selectors feeling the need for a change at the top of the batting line-up, Anamul got recalled based on his consistent domestic performance. In his comeback game, Anamul survived only 14 balls but he was successful in displaying intent. He got under the skin of the opposition bowlers and let his senior partner Tamim Iqbal play the role of the anchor. “Strategy wise we do not want Tamim to go after the bowlers. Tamim needs to play the role of the anchor as he can carry the innings and help the team post a big total,” said Mashrafe while walking back to the dressing room at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka following a press conference. Before Anamul, it was Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das who did the job at the top. However, Soumya and Liton failed to make a long-lasting impression in the recent past which paved the way for Anamul to get back a spot in the Bangladesh ODI side, backed by his strong domestic form.