Bangladesh opening batsman Anamul Haque, who has been out of the national side since he was injured in the World Cup match against Scotland at Nelson, cherished his return to the international circuit. The stylish right-handed batsman struck three centuries from 30 one day internationals, only fifty runs shy of 1,000 runs. The 22-year old former BKSP student, who made his first-class debut at the age of sixteen, ascended the ladders of domestic cricket with elegance and success also made a good impression in the international arena as well since he made his debut back in 2012.
But the man from Kushtia does not think the fight to return in the top flight will be easy for him as some of his team-mates are playing extra-ordinary cricket and only the highest level of performance can allow him a comeback.
Earning a position in the opening slot in the Bangladesh One-day international side requires a tough competition as most of the contenders are scoring plenty of runs recently.
Tamim Iqbal has been the most prolific, scoring a Test double ton and two ODI centurries in the Pakistan series, while Imrul Kayes made a brilliant 150 at the Khulna Test against Pakistan and made a world record opening stand with Tamim.
Uncapped Liton Das and Rony Talukdar is also knocking at the door with their consistent good performance at local circuit while Soumya Sarkar carried his World Cup form to the Pakistan series by scoring a remarkable century.
Anamul pointed the issue but also did not forget to mention that he is doing his best as he made 94, 111 and 83 in the three innings that he played for his side Prime Bank South Zone in the Bangladesh premier League.
‘I am waiting to play a good series’, the batsman said, ‘There was a 2-month gap from International series, but I played at BCL and did everything to keep my fitness level, I shall give my best if given a chance in the series against India’, he added.
‘Bangladesh is a mature team now, there are stiff competitions to get into the team, my challenge is tough.
‘I feel most proud when I represent my country through playing in the national team and I shall give my all to achieve it.’
Anamul also thinks that the progress of the Bangladesh cricket team will only be upward from now on.
‘The way we have been playing since the World Cup, I am sure we will do well in each and every series in future.
‘There is no worry from now on about the future of Bangladesh cricket,’ said Anamul.
-With New Age input