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10 November, 2018 01:31:31 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 10 November, 2018 08:03:13 AM

Ariful aims bigger target in Dhaka Test

He is optimistic to level series
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Ariful aims bigger target in Dhaka Test
Bangladesh cricketer Ariful Haque plays a shot during the second day of the first Test match against Zimbabwe in Sylhet recently. AFP Photo

Bangladesh Test debutant Ariful Haque, who was the silver lining of the Bangladesh in Sylhet Test-that lost to Zimbabwe by comprehensive 151 run, described the next Dhaka Test will be ‘do or die’ for them in Mirpur.

Ariful said that they want to win the Test anyhow if they could play team game having positive it will not be tough for them to win the series-leveling match.

“If we think much about the next match, we will morally down. So, we will not think much rather we try to stay positive,” said Ariful Haque, who hit not out 41 in first innings before making 38 in second innings.

“We will focus on match and ball-to-ball only. If we could do it properly and if we could play team-game and positive game, It will not be difficult to win the match against Zimbabwe,” Ariful told media before their first practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Besides, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, Mustafizur Rahman did not play the opening Test for Bangladesh. Citing the matter, the 25-year-old low-order batsman said that their strike bowler Mustafiur Rahman didn’t play the Sylhet Test if he returns, it would then be easier for them to triumph the Test.

“We feel no pressure on us. Our main bowler, Mutafizur Rahman, did not play the match. We could do win the Test if he comes back,” the pacer-turned-batsman Ariful said.

“We are very much positive. It is do or die for us. We have to triumph the match,” he noted.

When asked about run-out of Abu Jayed Rahi, the right-hander said that he wanted to take single to go on strike so that some more runs could be added to the total.

“I wanted to take single to get the strike again because I could have increased some more runs by hitting at fag-end of the innings. But we mixed up that caused the run out,” he said.

“My inside target is bigger. Now I am trying to fulfill it,” he added.

Ariful stepped into Test after performing in the just-concluded National Cricket League (NCL), where he slammed a career-best double hundred in first class cricket that he believes boosted his confidence further in Test.

“Of course, my runs in National Cricket League (NCL) has been benefited me. My confidence has been improved after smashing 200 in NCL. In a result, I have done well in my batting in the last Test in Sylhet,” he said.

“I had dream of playing Test. I want to play Test for long and play for the national team. I wish to play across the formats. It is my expectation that I will try to play what is needed to play all the formats,” he continued.

 “It’s true that despite not playing all the matches, staying with the national team was a great experience for me. Sharing the same dressing room with the big players or playing against the big team benefited me to learn much. When senior players suggested me, it always helps my works in international matches.”

“It’s not in my hand, in which match I’ll play and which match I will not. But I’ll mentally be prepared for any match. I’ll do my job how I could do well. I forget what I have done last match. My thinking is now how I could do well ahead.”

 “Still I didn’t do it. My thinking is to do big something. I want to do at least 90 percent if not 100 percent. Everybody will be unhappy if one don’t get chance to play after getting into squad. I have no authority over it. But I could do to continue only my work.”

“I always bat with the tail-endering batmen in Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) and National Cricket League (NCL). In that time, my planning remains different. You’ve to play four balls. Actually you can’t expect more from them. They also try to give me strike. May be I’ll play 4-5 balls and give them one or two.”

“I’m also working on bowling. Actually that was not wicket for bowling. If it’d be my favourate wicket I could do bowl. I’ve to bowl well in domestic circuit. If I could do well in BPL, I’ll then get more chance to bowl for the national team.”





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