Soumya happy to return to groove

January 20, 2016

Opening batsman Soumya Sarkar said on Tuesday that he is happy to regain his form in international cricket after a prolonged lean period in domestic tournaments.
Soumya was in epic form in his last international series against South Africa when he made 88 not out and 90 in the last two one-day internationals to help Bangladesh win the series.However, his form deserted him since the series and the batsman also suffered an injury that left him struggling till now.
He missed the entire home series against Zimbabwe in November due to injury and returned with the Bangladesh Premier League only to score 177 runs at 16.9 in 12 matches.
In BPL, Rangpur Riders batsman Soumya, the first player to be picked in players’ draft by a franchise, could score just one half-century, which undermined his new-found status as a superstar-in-the-making.
After scoring his only fifty in the tournament, an unbeaten 58 against Chittagong Vikings that came after 18 innings at all level, Soumya went into the hibernation once again.
His next six innings in the BPL fetched him just 0, 21, 11, 5, 9, 6. Things hardly improved in first Twenty20 international against Zimbabwe, when he made only seven runs.
With an in form Imrul Kayes waiting in the dressing room Soumya however took little time to return to the groove, scoring 43 off 33 balls in Bangladesh’s 42-run win in the second match.
During the match he hit four fours and three sixes and looked well set for the further glory before one error of judgment cost him his wicket.
Soumya said he has still a lot of room for improvement.
‘I took only few singles in my innings and conceded a lot of dot balls,’ he said. I will try to avoid that and concentrate more on singles so that I can cover up the dot balls.’
The 23 year old left–hander said he is not keen to waste his time by thinking too much about his recent poor form in domestic cricket.
‘To be frank I used to think about it a lot initially,’ he said. ‘But now I think if I continue to worry about my form I will only lose my concentration.
‘I want to think now match-by-match. The past has gone. I am not ready to look behind. If I keep on thinking about that I will be the ultimate loser,’ he said.

-With New Age input

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