Bangladesh v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Fatullah November 4, 2013

'Wasn't nervous in 90s' - Shamsur


Probably for the first time in his career, Shamsur Rahman, the Bangladesh batsman, didn't feel worried in the nineties. He moved from 91 to 95 with a slog over mid-on that he hit on one knee, and on 96, he tried to mow Corey Anderson over cover. The ball took the edge, though, and he walked away, not feeling too bad because it did not take away from the fact that his 96 was extremely useful to Bangladesh's cause.

Bangladesh's latest performer against New Zealand has had to wait a long time since making his first-class debut in 2005. Shamsur has been a highly sought after top-order batsman in one-day club cricket, where he said he did become nervous at times while batting in the nineties.

"Actually, this is the first time that I did not become nervous in the nineties," Shamsur said. "I was just trying to play my own game because if I thought about the hundred then maybe I would have played a few dot balls.

"My first thought was to get the team as close to the target as possible. It was hard luck. In the Dhaka league I get very nervous in the nineties though, even in first-class cricket."

Shamsur's talent was never questioned as he progressed from age group to first-class and club cricket, but whether he had the hunger and mental strength was always a concern. His innings, however, showed the advantage of picking a proven domestic player, one who has faced a lot of tough situations already.

It helped him start a 300-plus chase with Ziaur Rahman, another inexperienced international player who has spent considerable time as an opener in domestic cricket. "The domestic experience is obviously helpful," Shamsur said. "We were very positive walking to the wicket. We were given license to be ourselves and bat positively.

"We wanted to play freely in the first Powerplay because we had the likes of Mushfiqur [Rahim] and Nasir [Hossain] behind us. We knew that we could come back well in the match if something happened."

Before the series started, he had talked to some coaches and players about handling pressure at this level, and has looked promising after a nervous 25 on ODI debut. In the third match, he looked like a batsman who knew how to prolong an innings after a good start.

"At any level, when you score your confidence level improves. I am very lucky that I scored in the second match, and as far as I can continue this will be good for Bangladesh.

"We played according to the merit of the ball. A score like 307 is not a big deal for us now. The wicket was very true for batting, so we all knew if we had good partnerships, we could win this match."

Shamsur had been selected in the 2009 World Twenty20 squad, but wasn't picked for any of Bangladesh's matches. He privately told his friends that until he batted in a certain way, coaches at the time wouldn't pick him. That has perhaps changed within the Bangladesh team and foreign coaches are far more accepting of technical issues and playing styles.

Shamsur has benefited but his main target now should be to nail down the spot next to Tamim Iqbal in the line-up. Anamul Haque has now fallen in the pecking order, and Shamsur has the opportunity to cement his place.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • KH. RAFIQUE on November 5, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Good to see that Shamsur Rahman has come out as the opening partner of Tamim Iqbal and backed by Anamul Haque Bijoy and Ziaur Rahman (Only in subcontinent).Hope it would be a very good combination in our ODIs and T20s.But kindly find someone else for the TEST opening as it will make all the players play for their positions in the team and would not be over complaisant.

  • TMoney on November 5, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    I'm a huge Mominul fan but i don't think he makes the cut for ODIs. I'd prefer him to be a test specialist because he generally looks more comfortable in the format and knows what he is doing. In ODIs he seems to rush himself too much which effects his style of play. I'd still give him a couple of matches to show what he can do in ODIs but i think limited overs cricket just isn't for him

    Naeem shouldn't be dropped because he has performed superbly in this series. If Mominul does perform in ODIs then i think dropping Riyad could be an option, but that would be unfair on Riyad because he has performed well in recent ODIs. So there is some selection headaches in the team

    I think playing Mushfiqur at #3 could also be an option. Has a lot of potential to succeed but i think his role is dimnished in the middle order with the likes of Shakib and Nasir in the middleorder. At #3 his role is clear as he can set the platform for the team. Just another option Bangladesh could consider

  • Shoaib on November 4, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    Bangladesh ODI 11 looks really strong:- Tamim, Shamsur, Mominul, Shakib, Nasir, Rahim, Naeem/Riyad, Gazi/Rahman, Razzak, Mashrafe and Rubel.

  • Shipu on November 4, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    The young Shamsur Rahman is the solution for the number 2 slot in limited overs as he has the ability required to succeed as an opener. Yes he made a slow score on his debut but it was obviously nerves and he knows the pressure for places and needs to grab the small chances he has and has made it count thankfully in his second game. Got to admit though that Bangladesh's batting line-up especially for ODIs looks very good and devastating as most of our batsman are naturally talented stoke-makers.

  • Syed on November 4, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    How ironic would it have been if Shamsur were to score a century in his 2nd ODI like Anamul? For now Shamsur will open for both T20 and ODI and I would want to see Naeem open in tests. Anamul your an excellent talent but just rediscover form buddy!

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Good job Shamshur and others - hopefully you'll have lot more chances in coming days/years. Keep up the good work.

    Also, May the team mgt and coach pick the best men for every games to come, i.e., based on each player's merit and form at that moment.

  • Sriram on November 4, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Looks like only way NZ can settle score with Tigers is for a reverse series and some green tracks

  • Steve on November 4, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Good attitude from someone who just started. It will be good for BD if he stays grounded and continue to work hard to maintain the standards he already set.

  • raul on November 4, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    well , these all are our boyz. i don't care who is playing as long as they perform. no pick n choose.

  • raul on November 4, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    shamsur grab the opportunity. although anamul, you don't have anything to worry. you got immense talent as well

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