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9 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Razzak justifies his Test come back

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Razzak justifies his Test come back
Bangladesh veteran left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, who makes a memorable come back in Test cricket, talks to journalists after first day’s play against Sri Lanka at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB Photo

An opportunity to don the national jersey again was long due and when he got it, Abdur Razzak didn’t make any mistake to make it justify. The left-arm spinner claimed his career best four for 63, to make his comeback Test a memorable one—a performance, exactly what the team needed on a pitch that offered turn and bounce aplenty.

As Shakib Al Hasan wasn’t with the team due to his injury, there was apprehension whether Bangladesh could take the opportunity of the pitch in which a spinner should be smart and technically sound. And Razzak showed at the age of 35, he still has that hunger and passion to thrive in the highest level of the cricket. He was overlooked in the squad of the first Test, despite earning a sudden call. But Sunzamul Islam who made his debut in that Test could do nothing actually, prompting the team management to get an experienced hand.

Razzak didn’t disappoint them. Exactly after four years, against the same time, he made a comeback and struck just in his third over, drifting one past Dimuth Karunaraten viciously. The opener danced down the wicket to stop the ball from the carnage but it induced him to get him stumped. Then he dealt a double blow in consecutive deliveries, taking the wicket of Danushka Gunathilaka and captain Dinesh Chandimal before clattering the wicket of Kusal Mendis, the centurion of the first Test who got going well and aggressively.

Razzak however missed 22 Tests in the last four years when he was not the part of Bangladesh team. But in terms of missing Tests, pace bowler Nazmul Hossain is in the top still. Nazmul who played his second Test, seven years after his debut in 2004, missed 38 Test in this period.

Pace bowler Mohammad Sharif missed 34 Tests in five years between his last Test and comeback Test in 2002 and 2007 respectively. Another pace bowler Sajedul Islam waited five years and 27 Tests between 2008 and 2013. Opener Shahriar Hossain Biddut missed 25 Tests in between 2000 and 2004. Tushar Imran missed 23 Tests in three years between 2002 and 2005.

But the difference was that none of these five players could make their comeback Test memorable like Razzak. However the left-arm spinner, the only bowler from Bangladesh to take 500 first class wickets, kept his hunger and passion for the game despite being overlooked regularly. After being dropped from the national team in 2014, he got 244 wickets in the first class cricket. But unless Shakib is injured, he may not be called up. However his performance certainly would make the call tougher for the selectors.

“Obviously international cricket is at a different level compared to domestic tournaments. So there was a bit of nerve at the start but it slowly went away,” Razzak said from his first day experience after coming back to the national team.

“The heart was beating quite fast but not like earlier in my career. There’s always excitement, from the time I got selected to marking my run-up. Since you are playing for your country, you think differently.”

 

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