“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.
Top 5 run scorers of NCL 2017/18-619- @AnamulOfficial ( two 200s, 1 fifty) 501- Mehedi (100*2, 1 fifty) 492- Mizanur (100*3, 1 fifty) 422- Naeem Islam (100*2, 1 fifty) 416- M Ayub (100*1, 3 fifty)#NCL — Imran Hasan (@Imranhasan02) December 23, 2017
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.
Champion of WALTON loT SMART FRIDGE National Cricket League 2017-18 : Khulna Division pic.twitter.com/LAnlP5K0Ie— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) December 23, 2017