Shadman Islam was in prolific form in this year’s National Cricket League as he was the highest scorer in the tournament with 648 runs at an average of 64.8, including two sparkling centuries
Like many others, debutant Shadman Islam made an impressive start in the Test arena for Bangladesh with a shining innings, but unlike others he credited his success to his experience in domestic cricket.
Shadman played a brilliant 76-run innings against the West Indies in the second and final Test match in Mirpur, opening the batting to announce his arrival.
The debutant received plaudits from every nook and cranny of the cricketing fraternity.
Bangladesh have been struggling to find a proper opening partner for Tamim Iqbal for many years now, and the absence of the premier batsman made the problem more complex in the last two series.
The Tigers tried with Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar, along with Imrul Kayes, in the opening spots recently.
But with Kayes injured, Shadman was sent to open the batting.
Debutant Shadman Islam played a solid innings on Test debut as the 23- year left hander scored 76 off 199 balls before being adjudged leg before wicket against Devendra Bishoo in the fifth delivery of the 59th overhttps://t.co/TwylgphXn0#SHADMANISLAM #SHADMAN #ISLAM #BCBTIGERS— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) November 30, 2018
Shadman was not the first to score a fifty in opening while making Test debut for Bangladesh as five players before him did that.
However, he achieved the feat of playing the most number of balls among them as he faced 199 of them before being adjudged leg before.
His compact defense, confidence against both spinners and pacers alike, and his shot selection - the most important features of a Test opener - raised hope among the Tigers’ followers.
But the 23-year old left-hander said things came naturally for him owing to his experience in the domestic circuit.
“I thought I have to bat here just like I do in domestic cricket, I did not think much else,” said Shadman during the post-day press conference at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Shadman was in prolific form in this year’s National Cricket League as he was the highest scorer in the tournament with 648 runs at an average of 64.8, including two sparkling centuries.
Since their inception in the Test arena spin has been the main weapon for the @BCBtigers but the reliance on the slow bowlers went to an extreme as the Tigers decided to field a playing XI without any seamer in the 2nd Test against the @windiescrickethttps://t.co/DdQ8SLanwe#BCB— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) November 30, 2018
He also showed glimpses of his ability in the practice match against the visiting Windies as he made 73 for BCB XI in the two-day affair before the Test series.
The debutant informed that particular match also helped him to combat the Windies attack, and he also thanked the senior batsmen of his side who gave him encouragement at the crease.
“The practice game experience helped me. I knew about their bowlers. My plans worked here,” said Shadman.
“Shakib [al Hasan] bhai and Soumya bhai are much more experienced, they told me to play my natural game and not try anything extra,” he added.
The young batsman said he was not lamenting missing out on a ton in his debut innings, but did contemplate if the team would have benefitted had he stayed longer at the crease.
However, the southpaw thought Bangladesh did reasonably well as they finished the opening day on 259/5 after winning the toss, and hoped the side will finish with a big first-innings total.
West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo informed that they should have taken more wickets on day one and put pressure on the Bangladesh batting.https://t.co/ucZz0YnLXu#BANGLADESH #CRICKET #BANGLADESHCRICKET #WESTINDIES #WESTINDIESCRICKET #WINDIES #CWI #BCBTIGERS #BCB #TIGERS— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) November 30, 2018
Shadman not only went through the system of first-class cricket, but he also has gone through different stages since his childhood, and got guidance from his father, who is a coordinator of the BCB’c game development committee.
“My father always helped me. I always used to attend U-15, U-17 and other camps when I was younger. He always supported me, taught me how to play and set the life for me as a cricketer. He has a huge role in my life,” concluded the tired yet satisfied looking Shadman.
2ND TEST, DAY 1
BANGLADESH 1ST INNINGS R B
Shadman lbw b Bishoo 76 199
Soumya c Hope b Chase 19 42
Mominul c Chase b Roach 29 46
Mithun b Bishoo 29 61
Shakib not out 55 113
Mushfiq b Lewis 14 24
Mahmudullah not out 31 59
Extras (lb 2, nb 4) 6
Total (90 Overs) 259/5
Fall Of Wickets
1-42 (Soumya), 2-87 (Mominul), 3-151 (Mithun), 4-161 (Shadman), 5-190 (Mushfiq)
Roach 15-1-38-1, Lewis 12-1-35-1, Chase 21-0-61-1, Warrican 19-2-46-0, Bishoo 19-1-69-2, Brathwaite 4-0-8-0