Published on March 22nd, 2017 | by Sandipan Banerjee1
Video: Soumya eyes a ‘big innings’
The year 2017 has brought a mixed fortune for young Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar. To start the year, when the southpaw was touring New Zealand, he was not the first-choice member of the Test squad because of his prolonged bad patch. However, in place of injured Imrul Kayes, Soumya finally got a chance in the Christchurch Test and scored 86 and 36 while opening the innings. That game turned out to be the turning point of his career.
Since then, the 24-year old stylish batsman has featured in all three Tests which Bangladesh have played so far in the year. In the recently concluded series in Sri Lanka, Soumya scored three half-centuries in four innings and played a vital role for his team to finish the series 1-1.
However, though he has been a consistent performer for Bangladesh with the bat (In two Tests in Sri Lanka, he scored 53, 71, 61, 10), but a century has eluded him, with his knocks often ending in soft dismissals.
Now Soumya wants to rectify that in the upcoming limited-overs leg of the tour of Sri Lanka. The southpaw, who has only under one ODI and First-Class ton under his belt so far in his career, is keen on playing big innings.
“I have to find out where the problem is, and how to ensure that I can finish in a big way. So, if I can play big innings, no one will think that there is a problem. And maybe because that is not happening people are thinking that there is a problem. And of course, if there is a problem, it has to be fixed,” Soumya was saying on the sidelines of Bangladesh’s practice session at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday.
Along with improving his batting skills, Soumya, an all-rounder who bowls medium pace, is looking to contribute with the ball in hand. During Tuesday’s practice session, he was seen practicing bowling yorkers.
“I am trying to contribute with the ball along with my batting. So hopefully, if I get a chance I will try to prove myself,” he said.
His kind of bowling will be handy for Bangladesh when they travel to England to play the ICC Champions Trophy, in June this year.
Meanwhile, Soumya also confirmed that the intensity level of the team will be the same in the three-match ODI series, which starts from Saturday at Dumbulla.
“It’s a new format and the intensity will have to increase because it is a shorter format. Also, the time for a turnaround is less. Here, cheeky singles and tough catches are the order of the day. That’s why the intensity was higher among everyone today at the training. We have to adjust to the shorter format soon.”
“The target is always to win the series. We have three matches and the way everyone is playing, if we can all give our best then the result will come our way,” he further added.
Bangladesh have qualified for the Champions Trophy ahead of West Indies and Soumya said making an impact in the eight-nation competition is their next target and his team wants to build confidence for that, by playing good cricket in the coming assignments.
“Every team has a long term plan. That is always the case. But the main priority is the series against Sri Lanka, the better we do in this series, it will help our confidence as well in the assignments that are ahead,” the soft-spoken boy signed off.