“I was a bit nervous after reaching 190 runs. I felt I should not let this chance go away. I need to score the 200 runs by any means. I was also thinking we were a few runs away from the target; I wanted Omi bhai [Jahurul] to score his century. We started dealing in singles,” Soumya revealed following the game at BKSP on Tuesday
Top order batsman Soumya Sarkar ended his bad patch with the bat majestically as he scored two back-to-back centuries for his side Abahani Limited in their final two matches of the Dhaka Premier League season 2019. Having scored 106 in the previous game, Soumya wanted to end the season on a high, both personally and for his club. The left-handed batsman achieved his goal in the most glorious fashion with a fascinating 208-run innings that made the record book turn upside down.
Soumya was at his blistering best as he took on the opposition bowlers and scored the first List A double century as a Bangladeshi. However, after reaching the 190 runs mark, he tried to slow things down to ensure no mistake is made, and also kept in mind that his opening partner Jahurul Islam needed a few more runs to reach his own century.
Congratulations to Soumya Sarkar for becoming the first Bangladesh batsmen to score double-century (208*) in List A against Lt. Sk. Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd. in the final round of Walton Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2018-19.#BCB #DPDCL pic.twitter.com/aeVIkdUmP4— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) April 23, 2019
“I was a bit nervous after reaching 190 runs. I felt I should not let this chance go away. I need to score the 200 runs by any means. I was also thinking we were a few runs away from the target; I wanted Omi bhai [Jahurul] to score his century. We started dealing in singles,” Soumya revealed following the game at BKSP on Tuesday.
Soumya is being showered with praises not only for his brilliant form but for the fact that its timing could not have been better as the Tigers are preparing for the tri-nation series scheduled to take place in Ireland followed by the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Though named in both the squads, Soumya was one of the players whose below-par form had become a concern for the Bangladesh national selection panel.
“I have not made any vital change [to break the off-form]. I am batting the same way like I always have. It is just that, I have not been able to score. I was frustrated after getting dismissed scoring 30 or 40 runs. I got dismissed scoring 1 or 2 runs which made me think it was better to score 30 or 40. I took one step at a time - first scoring and taking decisions when in the middle but not get ahead of the game. Every plan was not giving me result. Today [Tuesday] the wicket looked fine and there was opportunity to score big,” Soumya explained.