Monday, February 26, 2024

Soumya uses break for improvement

Although a gap from international cricket may hamper the rhythm of a team, Bangladesh national team batsman Soumya Sarkar said on Thursday it also can help them to recover and rectify mistakes.
Soumya entered into the Bangladesh team like a storm and the stylish left-handed batsman was one of the chief architects of Bangladesh’s one-day international success in the year 2015.
Soumya scored a majestic 127 not out against Pakistan to confirm a clean-sweep in the ODI series and also was the man of the series against South Africa with 205 runs in the three-match series to ensure two of the greatest successes of the Tigers.
But the southpaw struggled in the shortest format of the game, Twenty20, as he has scored only 299 runs from 19 matches at an average of 15.73 so far and made only 75 runs from seven matches in the World Twenty-20 at India early in the year.
‘Whenever you are busy with matches it is difficult to work and improve on your technique,’ Soumya said on the sideline of a practice session ahead of the forthcoming home series against England.
‘Not everyone has the same problem, I had some problems. I worked with them and improved myself. I am trying to improve more with the practice sessions now,’ he added.
The 23-year, however, admitted that in order to keep focus and improve the standard of play there is no alternative to international matches.
‘The more we play the more we get involved. It helps us to keep our focus and improve our level.’
Bangladesh did very well in all their home series during last year and after the England series they have to face different challenge of playing away from home with strong opponents, but the dashing batsman believed if they can keep their enthusiasm they will overcome the challenge.
‘There is difference between playing at home and playing away from home. The weather is different. But we have to play. If we can play the way we do so at home and keep our effort level it will be good.
‘If we can set aside the thought of different weather and other stuffs of the away condition and play as cheerfully as we play at home I think there will be no difference between home and away.’
Soumya said as a batsman he is preparing to confront swinging deliveries for those series.
‘We cannot change the weather but we can obviously practice with the swinging balls to improve our chances. We are using machines to generate swinging deliveries. But the main thing is to keep focus.
‘If one can set his mind and anticipate how the ball is coming and where it will land that will help immensely.’
Soumya has already made his name as an elegant player who plays many strokes and like his play his philosophy is to give his best.
‘I was out of ODI for a while. I could not do well in Twenty20 but I have some certain plans.
‘I will try to prove myself in the forthcoming matches. I will try to give my best in all three formats.’

-With New Age input

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