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Soumya renews hope with century

  • Published at 10:57 pm April 22nd, 2019
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Bangladesh national team player Soumya Sarker shares a light moment with batting consultant Neil Mckenzie on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Md Manik

“I was not being able to deliver to my capacity but the team management still kept their faith on me. I wanted to perform today [Sunday] as it was a big game for the team,” said Soumya

Top order batsman Soumya Sarkar’s match winning century only days before the Bangladesh national team departs for their tour of the United Kingdom came as a relief. The left-handed batsman struck a 106-run innings off 79 balls for Abahani Limited on Sunday as the Tigers gear-up for the tri-nation series in Ireland followed by the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The national selection panel has been in some worry regarding the form of members of the World Cup, namely batters Soumya and Liton Das. Soumya has not been in the best of forms but has been consistent, and in his 12th match of the league, the batsman hinted of getting back in song with the century. 

With the help of Soumya’s century, Abahani kept their chances alive for the championship. The side will now look for a win in their last game of the season, against Sheikh Jamal, and will leave it to the equations, clashing against table toppers Legends of Rupganj.

“I was not being able to deliver to my capacity but the team management still kept their faith on me. I wanted to perform today [Sunday] as it was a big game for the team,” said Soumya to the media following the game at BKSP Ground 4 yesterday.

“Honestly, I was not enjoying being unable to score. I have scored some runs for the national team but not in the Dhaka League. There was a bit of pressure and I was trying to work on my mistakes. I had many questions going through my mind,” the southpaw added.

Soumya has scored 303 runs at an average of 25.25 runs in 12 matches so far in the ongoing DPL.

Chief of the national selection panel, Minhajul Abedin believes it is good for Soumya to get some runs just ahead of the upcoming global event. 

“It is good for a batsman to be among runs. It gives him confidence. There is no doubt about his skills and ability but this century should get him some confidence. I believe he will work harder when he joins the national camp, work on areas he needs to improve. The conditions in England and Ireland are vastly different compared to those of Bangladesh. He will need to prepare that way,” said Minhajul.