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Mithun looks to make most of Asia Cup opportunity

  • Published at 05:39 pm September 2nd, 2018
Bangladesh's Mohammad Mithun during training in Dhaka in August Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

With yet another opportunity in the national dressing room, Mithun eyes to cash in on it regardless of the position he is made to bat in

Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Mithun made his international debut in February 2014. However in these four years, the right-handed batsman who is flexible to bat at the top and also in the middle, is yet to become a consistent member in the national fold.

Since his debut, Mithun has played three ODIs for Bangladesh and has appeared in 13 T20Is. The last ODI the 27-year-old played in was January this year at home against Sri Lanka and a T20I in February against the same side.

The inclusion of Mithun in the Bangladesh squad for the ACC Asia Cup 2018 has come as a dividend of his consistent performances for Bangladesh A team. 

The right-handed batsman had played a decent role in the Bangladesh A team’s home series against Sri Lanka A in June this year. Mithun was initially kept out of the Bangladesh A team for tour of Ireland and had only come in as replacement as few of the A team players were busy with Bangladesh national team on tour of West Indies. 

Mithun used the opportunity well and struck two half-centuries in the five-match one-day series against Ireland A. While in the three-match T20 series, he hammered a series winning 80 runs in the third game after being sent to open in the chase.

With yet another opportunity in the national dressing room, Mithun eyes to cash in on it regardless of the position he is made to bat in. His inclusion for the six-nation Asia Cup has been a move to enrich the batting in the middle with a batsman with good ability to tackle spin.

“There are individual goals but often you have to overlook that to ensure you contribute to the team’s need. You need to keep yourself prepared for all needs of the team and ensure you give your 100 percent regardless of the position that you are batting in and ensure that the team is benefitted,” said Mithun to the media during the ongoing national camp at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.

To play the role of a middle-order batsman Mithun eyes a better strike-rate. In the three ODIs he has batted with a rate of 54.54 and thinks it should be taken to 110 around given batting in the middle requires quick action.

“Having batted at the top and against the new ball I used to take my time to get set and then go after bowlers. But batting in the middle or down the order means I have less time to get set. You need a strike-rate of 110-115, 120 or 130 at number seven. The demand for that position could be different according to the scenario of the match. I think batting with a run-rate like that will help,” Mithun explained.

Bangladesh will start the Asia Cup campaign taking on Sri Lanka in the opening game at Dubai International Stadium on September 15. The Tigers in Group B, will play their second and the final group phase match against Afghanistan on September 20 at Abu Dhabi. To move to the next phase of the tournament Bangladesh will need to finish at least second in the group. 

Mithun believes a good start to the tournament will be the key and that will help the team remain confident throughout.

“It totally depends on the momentum that you start the tournament with. Getting a good start will give the team confidence through which we can achieve many things as a team,” said Mithun.