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Comeback man Anamul braced for upcoming challenges CricBuzz Live

Comeback man Anamul braced for upcoming challenges CricBuzz Live

Anamul scored 1077 first-class runs, including a double century, and 596 runs in List A cricket, during his time out of the national team.Anamul scored 1077 first-class runs, including a double century, and 596 runs in List A cricket, during his time out of the national team. © Getty

Scoring runs might not be the only criterion for Anamul Haque’s selection ahead of the tri-nation series, with former coach Chandika Hathurusingha having labelled him ‘selfish’. However with Imrul Kayes suffering a finger injury, Anamul’s case might get fast-tracked.

Anamul went out of the side after he picked up a shoulder injury in the game against Scotland at Nelson in the ICC World Cup 2015 in March. Since being dropped after having played 30 ODIs in little over two years, it took nearly three years for him to make a comeback and that too largely due to the unexpected departure of Hathurusingha, who quit midway through his contract that originally ran upto the 2019 World Cup.

It was reported back then that Hathurusingha was so annoyed seeing his two innings against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in the World Cup that he promised to not consider him again for selection during his tenure as the coach.

“I did not think it that way [Hathurusingha’s exit opened door for him],” Anamul told reporters when his attention was drawn towards the former coach. “Anyone can dislike another person and you cannot force anyone to like someone. For me, performing was important because I had the self belief.

“Coaches will come and go but I have to keep on playing,” the 25-year-old added.

The key for Anamul would be his strike-rate, something that drew flak for him in the past and is also understood to have come in his way in regards to his position in the team. With the emergence of free-flowing strokemakers in Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das and Imrul Kayes, Anamul’s comeback chances have become even tougher.

However, Soumya and Liton’s inability to make a long lasting impression in the recent past coupled by Anamul’s strong domestic form has brought him back into contention. Anamul has scored 1077 first-class runs, including a double century, and 596 runs in List A cricket, along with 206 runs in the Bangladesh Premier League.

Anamul first came into prominence in 2012 when he emerged as the highest run-scorer in the ICC Under-19 World Cup and was tipped to be one of the brightest prospects for Bangladesh. He was picked in the senior side the same year, and in only his second ODI, he managed to showcase his potential at the top level.

Anamul hit 120 off 145 balls to bag the Man of the Match award during their 160-run victory over the Windies, and his knock was seen as a welcome relief for the team management who had been on a desperate look-out for a suitable partner for Tamim Iqbal.

Although he scored the century, his slow approach in the 90s attracted a lot of criticism. The right-hander had scored 90 off 115 balls, but took another 23 balls to reach the three-digit mark. After being pushed into exile, coach Mohammad Salahuddin did some extensive work on the right-hander during his time at Gazi Tanks in the Dhaka Premier League.

“I think he had very little options when slow bowlers started operating from both ends,” Salahuddin told Cricbuzz. “He had shots that were enough to tackle the fast bowlers but when he was introduced to spinners, it seemed he was unable to rotate the strike and as a result the only thing that he tried during that period was hitting fours and sixes but it hardly paid dividends considering the field was widely spread.

“Now he is more aware about his limitations and is focusing more on picking up singles and twos in those junctures, and if he can do it the way he had been doing in the recent past, it won’t be big problem for him to make an impression and diminish the ‘selfish’ tag.”

Anamul is aware of the whole scenario. While he admitted that it was challenging during the time he was out of the national setup, but each day he was more determined to prove his worth instead of getting bogged down.

“Honestly rather [than] being disappointed, it was challenging. After every domestic competition my performance turned into a topic of discussion,” he said.

“Now I am more experienced and have surely made some improvement during these three years through playing around 20 first-class matches and nearly 40 50-over matches. I know it’s somewhat like a new beginning and would like to make it count.”

 

Updated: January 13, 2018 — 5:28 pm
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