WINDIES TOUR OF BANGLADESH, 2018
“I planned the same way I had planned against them (Windies) in the practice game” – Shadman © AFP
Shadman Islam, the 23-year-old Bangladesh opener, made a fine impression on his Test debut with a noteworthy hand of 76 against the Windies on Day 1 of the Dhaka Test. On the back of Shadman’s well-measured innings, the home side reached a respectable 259 for 5 at stumps.
Shadman, who compiled an innings of 73 in the practice match against the same opponent, noted that the warm-up game helped in his preparation to face the Windies bowling unit.
“The practice game helped me a lot as I was aware of their bowling unit,” Shadman told reporters. “I planned the same way I had planned against them in the practice game,” he added.
Shadman also said that the senior players in the Bangladesh camp encouraged him to play his natural game. “The seniors are very experienced and they told me to bat like the way I bat in domestic cricket. They asked me not to do anything extra and play my natural game without taking any kind of extra pressure.”
Shadman’s impressive start to his Test career comes in the wake of Bangladesh struggling to find a pair of in form openers in the traditional format of the game. Liton Das could accrue just 47 runs in the Test series versus Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, Imrul Kayes has aggregated just 97 runs over his previous three Tests.
To make matters worse, Kayes was laid low by a shoulder injury in the first Test against the Windies, and was subsequently replaced by Shadman. Bangladesh are also without the services of Tamim Iqbal after the seasoned opener suffered a finger injury in the Asia Cup.
Shadman, who has scored 648 runs in first class cricket this year, felt that he could have contributed more to the team’s cause and finished with a hundred on Test debut.
“There is regret because everyone would like to score a hundred on debut. I tried to give my best shot in the middle (but) probably couldn’t fulfil the requirements totally as I felt I could (have) contributed a bit more for the team.”
Bishoo confident of better batting show
Windies legspinner stressed the track is playing well and they are confident of putting up an improved show when it’s their turn to bat. “The pitch is better than the previous one. It is just a bit slow. It is flatter. It is good for batting,” he said. “The wicket will hold up a bit for the first three days. It will play good. But we have to see how it goes from the third afternoon onwards. No matter how the wicket plays, we have to bat properly.
“We have to play to win the match. It is a long way ahead but we are focused on what we have to do. We have to find a way to bat against the spinners properly.”