Players making promising starts but then suddenly losing momentum or not being able to carry their form is a very common scenario in cricket. Bangladesh all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain displayed glimpses of his ability in the recently concluded World Cup in England, where the Tigers finished in eight position. However, with the Sri Lanka tour -- Bangladesh’s first series following a bleak World Cup -- coming up, the question remains, will Mosaddek be able to carry on and flourish or will he just fall by the way side?
With Bangladesh’s preparations for the Sri Lanka tour underway in Mirpur, Mosaddek was seen partic-ipating in all batting, bowling and fielding drills yesterday, the second day of the camp. Mosaddek later told reporters that he is currently trying to improve certain aspects of his batting.
“I am batting exactly the same way I batted in the World Cup. Strike rate is always a concern for me. I am working on my feet movement with Wasim Jaffer. I think, if I can improve this side of mine, I can do better Insha Allah,” said the 23-year old.
Following a blistering show with the bat in the triangular series in Ireland in May this year, Mosaddek was given the nod ahead of Sabbir Rahman in the World Cup to play the aggressor’s role and score some quick runs at the death. The all-rounder did not disappoint in that regard but rather added that he would be ready to play anywhere the team want.
“I batted on top of the order in domestic cricket but when I saw I had to bat in the number seven slot in the national side, I tried to practice batting in the number seven position in the domestic league as well. I might have the opportunity to score big runs batting on top of the order but I am ready to do whatever the team requires of me,” he said.
With Shakib Al Hasan unavailable for the series while Mahmudullah Riyad was not considered for bowl-ing due to a shoulder injury, Mosaddek might need to put in some extra effort in the series. The youngster did however say he would grab any opportunity that comes his way.
“There will be no Shakib bhai this time so I might get more chances in the bowling department. I might have to come to bowl early and bowl more overs too. If that is the case then, I am prepared. I definite-ly have a plan if I have to bowl more overs. So, right now, I am focusing on the opportunities that come my way, be it in batting or bowling.”