The new kid on the block

January 19, 2016

One six of a reverse sweep or three fours in one over sometimes can be more effective than three first-class double centuries in a calendar year.
If anyone argues with that he may consult with Mosaddek Hossain, the new boy in Bangladesh national cricket team, who is now waiting to make his international debut against Zimbabwe in the ongoing series.
Mosaddek scored heaps of runs in domestic cricket, showed his potential in Bangladesh ‘A’ team’s tour to Zimbabwe, yet nobody rated him very highly, partly because of the quality of the oppositions.
But some innovative shots in the recent Bangladesh Premier League changed the course of his life. In plain view,
Mosaddek did not do anything in the BPL that would suggest him to be a great prospect.
A total of 116 runs in seven matches at 23.20 with 94.30 strike rate cannot be considered anything extraordinary. But he had his moments in the tournament that easily caught the attention of selectors.
Three consecutive fours in an over of Mohammad Shahid and a six with a reverse sweep off one of the tournament’s best bowlers Al-Amin Hossain helped many people to change their perception about him.
As a result Mosaddek was called up in national Twenty20 squad to prove his mettle against Zimbabwe ahead of the ICC World Twenty20.
It is obvious that Mosaddek will get maximum two opportunities to show his potential but it seems the 20-year old is ready to capitalise on that.
‘This is a series of experiment,’ Mosaddek told reporters in Khulna on Monday. ‘We have Asia Cup and ICC World Twenty20 ahead of us. I am thinking that if I can do well here may be I can get a chance in Asia Cup or World Twenty20 squad. I have this firmly in my head that if I get a chance to play both the matches I must do well.’
It did not surprise Mosaddek that he got his first national call-up in Twenty20 squad despite doing well mainly in domestic first-class cricket.
Mosaddek, who scored four consecutive first-class centuries in National Cricket League and Bangladesh Cricket League, claimed that his game rather suits in the shorter version.
‘I played one-day cricket more than the longer version. My strike rate suggests that I will do well in one-day and Twenty20 cricket,’ said Mosaddek. ‘After my injury I got chance to play only in the longer-version because there was no one-day or Twenty20 scheduled.
‘I did what I was supposed to do. Now I got my chance in Twenty20 squad and I am thinking only about it,’ he said.

-With New Age input

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