The 24-year old Ariful Haque made his Test debut in Sylhet and put in a praiseworthy performance with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 41 and 38, in spite the fall of regular wickets at the other end
Despite a 151-run defeat in the first Test match at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh are confident of a comeback when their second and final Test against Zimbabwe gets underway at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday.
All-rounder Ariful Haque said this to the media in the sidelines of their training session Friday.
“We are under no pressure. Our main bowler Mustafizur (Rahman) didn’t play the (first Test). If he returns, we can win. We are positive. It’s a do-or-die situation and we must win,” said Ariful.
“If we think about the last match, then we would be morally down. We are not thinking about it. We will focus ball by ball. If the team are positive, and if we all play positively, then it would not be tough to win against Zimbabwe,” he added.
The 24-year old Ariful made his Test debut in Sylhet and put in a praiseworthy performance with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 41 and 38, in spite the fall of regular wickets at the other end.
A consistent performer in the domestic circuit, Ariful said his first Test display gave him confidence of doing well in the international level.
“Actually, first Test went well for me. Confidence has increased. The bowlers in the international level won’t give you bad balls, you have to wait for that. My thinking has changed. The way I think has changed,” said Ariful.
He added, “My confidence has increased after my double century in the National Cricket League. And I batted well in the first Test. My confidence level is good.
“I always dreamt of playing Tests. I want to play Tests for a long time, along with playing for the national team. Actually, I want to play all the formats. And I want to play in accordance with the requirements of a particular format.”
A handy right-arm seamer, Ariful only got to bowl four overs in the first innings against Zimbabwe, and none in the second.
He said he is working in the nets to improve his bowling, but informed that only good performances with the leather in the domestic circuit would ensure he gets a regular bowl in the international level.
“I am working with my bowling. Actually, the wicket was not to my strengths. If it was, perhaps I’d have bowled a few more overs. I have to bowl better in the domestic circuit. If I can bowl better in the BPL (T20), I would get more chances to bowl for Bangladesh,” he said.