Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna, 1st day

Moment yet to sink in for Abul Hasan

Picked as a fast bowler, Abul Hasan displayed his batting skills and in the process dusted off a record that stood for a 110 years. His innings turned the initiative Bangladesh's way

Mohammad Isam in Khulna

November 21, 2012

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Abul Hasan became the second No. 10 to score a debut Test ton, Bangladesh v West Indies, 2nd Test, Khulna, 1st day, November 21, 2012
With a hint of pride and mischief, Abul was smiling like a mischievous kid who had just done something everyone else would be awed by, not only him © AFP

It was a surreal day for Bangladesh cricket. The recovery from near capitulation, the record ninth-wicket partnership for the country, and the fifty by the No. 8 batsman, were all significant because of Bangladesh's position at 193 for 8. The moment Abul Hasan, a genuine tailender, turned Sunil Narine behind square on the on side for a single, then realised it was placed well enough to pick up a couple, the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium lit up.

As he completed the second run, he had already dropped his bat and then, curiously, celebrated facing the press box before turning to his team-mates in the dressing-room, who were at the edge of their seats after he passed the 80s. He jumped on Mahmudullah's lap and smiled. With a hint of pride and mischief, Abul was smiling like a mischievous kid who had just done something everyone else would be awed by, not only him. He became the first No.10 batsman to score a century on Test debut, after 110 years.

It certainly looked as if everyone had enjoyed his innings. Chris Gayle wanted to know where his bat came from. "It's an English willow, Tamim bhai [Iqbal] got it for me," a bewildered Abul told the media at the press conference, also his first one of this scale. The feat had yet to sink in for the 20-year-old, barely an hour after the day's play.

"I just wanted to bat like a batsman, that's all. [Mahmudullah] Riyad bhai just told me to bat like a batsman," he said. "When I played Under-15 cricket, I was a batsman, then I became a pace bowler."

And his mantra with the bat was simple: "I just wanted to survive the good ball, and take advantage of the bad ball."

However, his team-mates were concerned when the new ball was taken at the start of the 82nd over. "We were enjoying his batting till they took the new ball. That's when we started getting nervous. I think he was around 84," said Tamim.

"This was some innings. I haven't seen any No. 10 do this, not in my career so far. I thought some of his shots were those of a pure batsman. I would have been proud if I had played them," he said.

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson was equally stunned, and praised Abul's effort. "I haven't seen one this dramatic. You actually don't want it to be on the receiving end, you'd like it for your team-mate to do it.

"It's a horrible feeling but he played excellent cricket. He played some fantastic shots, rode his luck at times and he was good in defense when he had to. This is why I love Test cricket."

Abul said his next task would be to help Mahmudullah get to his hundred, and was also aware what his role in the team is, as a new-ball bowler primarily picked for his pace. However, it was a day to talk about batting and the partnership. "I want to support Riyad bhai as much as possible and take this innings further tomorrow morning. Definitely, I want to see him score a hundred."

Coming in as a replacement for Shahadat Hossain as a fast bowler, it would be hard to tell at this stage how it would shape him as a cricketer. But such a start should give him a tremendous boost, especially after he dropped Imran Nazir in a World Twenty20 match in September. The ridicule had hurt him at the time, he said. "After the World Cup, I felt bad thinking maybe my (dropped) catch cost the team a win. But everyone told me, anything can happen," he said.

His unbeaten 172-run ninth wicket stand is a Bangladesh record, and in the process became the third Bangladesh batsman to score a hundred on debut, after Aminul Islam and Mohammad Ashraful.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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Posted by CricketingStargazer on (November 22, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

Brilliant! Hope that this is not just a one-off. Everyone in world cricket wishes Bangladesh well, but we have seen so many false dawns...

Posted by   on (November 22, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

bangladesh getting batting depth day by day

Posted by Sakthiivel on (November 22, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh boys - Indian fan

Posted by fjurang on (November 22, 2012, 2:53 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan, I am very impressed the way Abul Hassan batted. Its pure cricketing strokes he played. He is cuts, drives on the off where well stroked with the feet reaching pitch of the ball. Thats hallmark of a good batsman and also he is left handed batsman give more color to his batting. I hope that he improves from here onwards to be good batsman for Bangladesh. Well done Abul Hassan, Inshallah hope to see more of you in the future.

Posted by IAS2009 on (November 22, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

i have have just finished watching the highlights of his innings, i must say he is clean hitter, very good in defense, far better than a number 10 batsman, he did not show nerves at all. His fluency in batting is better than any BD batsman in the team, over all very poor shot selection from all BD batsmen, they got out to really poor balls, all BD batsman need to lear how to hit the ball and when to hit. regardless of format they all get out on bad balls, not Abul though. If BD want to be successful they need batting like this.

Posted by Meety on (November 21, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

Really kind & accurate summary from Otis Gibson. It's the sort of innings from a precarious position - everyone wants to see, but NOT be on the receiving end of! I hope Mahmudullah gets his ton!

Posted by reyme on (November 21, 2012, 21:27 GMT)

The best batting display under any condition ever for me! Thats why I love Test Cricket! I am still shaking!

Posted by SapnerJadukar on (November 21, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

Abul hasan !!! what a century, keep going man..your knock is a absolute gem. Tamim should be given total freedom. He has got a god gifted talent, let him play in his own way is good for the team. We need a solid opener who can team up with tamim, still don't understand why nazimuddin instead of given Anamul a chance. To me Mahmudullah is the most versatile player fits any where after the new ball shine goes. He could be promote to 5th position permanently and rahim can bat his place. Sakib is getting lazy..putting on weight, may be for his injury...needs to work hard and deliver more as he is the most valueable player in the team and it is ovious that we need maximum from him, sorry sakib, but the demand is automatic. At last, to the whole team...please, don't throw your wicket cheaply, as a fan we waited for a long..never lost faith on you, now need some positive results. Good luck team BD.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

Abul's innings is really valuable in Ban's perspective. This man has really some potential to bat as he was once a batsman at U-15 level. In the same time, he should concentrate on his fast bowling too. It is a wonderful thing to be Lara(?) and Ambrose at the same time.

Posted by BravoBob on (November 21, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

It was a great performance from Abul Hasan.When he faced the very first over from Fidel, i thought he is very much like tail ender.But afterthat I can't belive my eyes.His shot selection was excellent.He played really awesome shots.Some of his shots really resembled that of great LARA.Today I would like to see him going and going and get a double .I belive he can do it.Also the support from Riyad is really great.I hope this pair can add more.All the best Hasan,Riyad and Tigers

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

Prayers Abul Hasan is not a one time boy wonder like some of his predecessors. Prayers Abul Hasan goes on to become OUR Imran; Kapil; Hadlee; or Botham. If he goes on to become OUR Sobers- now that would be the icing on the cake.

Make sure Mahmudullah Riyadh (the silent and invisble diamond) gets to a hundred he deserves. Tomorrow is a whole new ball game. Both of you will start from zero. For tonight, Abul "Shine on you crazy diamond- there's a look in your eyes- like black holes in the sky"

Posted by kach1947 on (November 21, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

Excellent innings. Congratulations!

@Mukhter Hossain - India does have the small matter of 2 world cups, 1 wc t20 plus test #1 (albeit former) status. didn't get it through "just" spin friendly wickets. Even if they were spin friendly wickets, Bangladesh have similar wickets, and they lost the first test match still.

He is not Bradman, for crying out loud. Don't come to conclusions with this one innings. We can all see how Ashraful turned out.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

What a batting, Century & History !!! Thnx to Abul Hasan for historical century . . .also to Mahmudullah

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

Its all about confidence, which this boy must have some more than the rest 6 genuine batsman... If there some doctor out there who can inject some "confidence Boost" taken from Abul to the other "So Called Genuine Batsman"!!!!

Posted by proud_Bangladeshi on (November 21, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

well done Abul! We are so proud of you! May this be the first of many more outstanding achievements and milestones that you would bring for the country.


Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

Oh Abdul Hasan just pulled a rabbit out of the hat.... its so lovely when a debutant does this, and still so amazing when a bowler bats and scores a hundred, but its priceless when you are a number 10 doing it..... and if all of it is done by a Bangladesh cricketer its invaluable and needs to be revered...... Oh this beautiful game of cricket.....

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

its great to see 10th batsman scoring 100 in a test was a great debut test for him and for khulna...well written article mohammad isam liked it very much

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

It clearly shows that Bangladesh is surely and slowly getting into a real cricket team.. Some one from here and there is standing out though Shakib and Tamim failed

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

He is not the third Bangladeshi batsman to score a hundred on debut, he is the First Bangladeshi bowler to score a century on debut. Unbelievable!!!!!!

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (November 21, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

Bangladesh top order batsman's specially Tamim need to watch this innings about Dozen of time. Congrats Abul but seriously WTH was Tamim thinking when he left that ball :O.

Posted by swat1999 on (November 21, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

This is a inning all cricketers in the world want to play for their lifetime. It was really enjoyable and lot of pride for a No.10 batsman. Amazing recovary for fragile bangladesh 1st innings against the Mighty West Indies fire fpower. I thought i was in dream....

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Congrats, Abul Hasan! Its great to see a bowler emerging as an allrounder too. Still you need to go long way. this is just the beginning. All the best!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

when i saw bangladesh lost their 6th wicket, i went to sleep. after 1 hour i turned on tv and saw a lefty bradman(?) is batting for bangladesh!!!!! :D really he played well and other player should praise him, but we should not over-joy at this situation. this west indies team can play in any pitch. they are not like india who can only play in spin track or england who can only play in pace wicket.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

Well done Abul. Hope you continue to play well and score more runs for BD. All the best.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (November 21, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

That was some feat especially considering he's not classified as an all-rounder and apparently second on the list but really first considering the last person to did it was actually a batsman who batted later lower down the order.

Posted by Dhanno on (November 21, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Bravo.. Amazing effort.. looking at cricinfo commentary, he did endure tough times, played some proper cricketing shots, rode his luck but which no 10 batsman would not have to, to get a hundred, let alone one on debut ?

I would take this over 10 hundreds kohli and company score against SL regularly. And I am indian and I bash BD occasionally :P.. But hats off where it is due!

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