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Point of revival for Imrul

  • Published at 12:42 am October 22nd, 2018
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Bangladesh's Imrul Kayes is being congratulated by Zimbabwe's Brendan Taylor during the first ODI in Mirpur Sunday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The left-handed batsman at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday played the crucial knock to lift the host from a trench and put on a competitive total on the board

Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes’ match-winning 144 runs against Zimbabwe in the first ODI is being seen as a point of revival in his 10-year long international career. 

The left-handed batsman at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday played the crucial knock to lift the host from a trench and put on a competitive total on the board.

Imrul’s heroics saw him register his third ODI century, and first in almost two and a half years. 

Given the troubles with consistency and the number of comebacks Imrul has made in the Bangladesh dressing room, the century is being termed as the start of a new chapter at a point when the Tigers have started preparing for the 2019 World Cup.

Imrul, who dedicated his century to his new born son Suhaib bin Kayes, admitted his performance graph differs from many in the team, but he is not worried. 

The 31-year old has rather set his mind on trying to make the most of opportunities whenever he is given a chance in the national fold.

“A cricketer’s career is full of ups and downs. One will play well and one will not. One cannot play consistently well. Mine might have gone a bit different. Those who got to play in place of me performed and I could not. But honestly I do not think of these now. I focus and wait for opportunity to play for the nation, it feels good to represent the country. So I wait for it and work hard for it,” said player of the match Imrul after the game Sunday.

Imrul made an absurd return to the national team during the Asia Cup in the UAE last month. 

On his sensational return, he scored a crucial unbeaten 72 against Afghanistan in the Super Four round, but batting in the middle-order for the first time. 

Imrul was only made a part of the Bangladesh contingent halfway into the Asia Cup, following disastrous outputs from the openers.

The southpaw informed that his Afghanistan innings was special and that he had learned a lot from it.

“I got to learn a lot from that innings (against Afghanistan) of what I can do and cannot. I was recalling memories from that innings while I was batting [yesterday]. I thought if I could perform under harsh conditions (like the UAE) then I must be able to do well under home conditions,” said Imrul.