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Rony: Time for juniors to contribute more

  • Published at 08:42 pm September 4th, 2018
Abu Hider Rony

His inclusion in the Bangladesh squad for the Asia Cup will give him the opportunity to make his ODI debut

Left-arm pacer Abu Hider had made it into the national fold, riding on his success in the Bangladesh Premier League T20 season in 2015. 

Since his debut in January 2016, in the Zimbabwe series at home, Hider has appeared in 10 T20Is for the Tigers. 

His inclusion in the Bangladesh squad for the Asia Cup will give him the opportunity to make his ODI debut. 

However, without thinking of that, Hider informed that he is focusing on surviving in the national team. 

Hider, 22, is the youngest pacer in the current Bangladesh team for the six-nation Asia Cup, set to begin on September 15 in Dubai.

Competing against the likes of veteran pacer and ODI skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza, right-arm fast-bowler Rubel Hossain and left-arm paceman Mustafizur Rahman, Hider has taken it as a challenge and said it is a great group to learn from.

“It is a challenge for me, to be honest. All the pacers in the team right now are established but I am one of the juniors and behind in terms of experience. I am working to learn from the senior bowlers and trying to learn from their experience. This also motivates me to do well and grab a spot in the playing XI if possible,” said Hider to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka yesterday.

Having spent almost two years in the national fold, Hider informed that he has worked on his variations and is confident with the Asia Cup challenge ahead.

“Before, I used to bowl off-cutters but now I am trying the back of the hand slower ball, the knuckle-ball and the yorker. I am trying these variations in practice sessions, trying to perfect these. It will not happen in a day, but gradually,” informed Hider.

“I think I am at a good confidence level at the moment. I am bowling in my areas and have bowled decently in the last two series’. My aim will be to be consistent for which I am working hard in the nets,” the left-arm pacer added.

Speaking on Bangladesh’s chances in the Asia Cup, Hider said their primary target is to finish the group stage well and qualify for the second round. 

Bangladesh has Sri Lanka and Afghanistan as opponents in Group B. 

In Group A, India, Pakistan and a qualifying team will battle it out. 

The top two teams from each group will play in the Super Four league stage. 

The top two teams in the Super Four will make the Asia Cup final on September 28 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

“I wish to play all the matches and do well for the team. I will try to give my best. Our primary target is to qualify for the second round after winning the group stage matches,” said Hider.

“The senior batsmen like Tamim (Iqbal) bhai, Shakib (al Hasan) bhai, Mushfiqur (Rahim) bhai and (Mahmudullah) Riyad bhai are in good touch. In terms of the junior batsmen, Liton [Das] is playing well, [Mohammad] Mithun bhai is in good touch and [Nazmul Hossain] Shanto is also in form. So if the seniors are given good backup by the juniors I think we can get good results. It is not that the juniors are not supporting the team but if we can do a bit more then the results will be better for the team. The seniors are consistently playing well and I think it is now time for the juniors to contribute for the cause,” he added.