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February 12, 2002
Selectors had good faith upon Sanwar Hossain, as he carried off with some good knocks playing in number-4 position for Bangladesh-A in India in October 2001. He replaced the dependable Akram Khan, who so miserably was undergoing a run-drought for months. The position where Sanwar batted against Pakistan requires a batsman having a strong nerve.
A vivacious Sanwar in the pavilion was a different man the moment he wore on his pads he was never looking relaxed all the way through short-lived innings. Actually he couldn't shake off the mental pressure he was experiencing after a delayed come back to the squad. It was 1998 when he played the last match for his country.
The stronger part of his batting is obviously his good solid defense. However, defense wouldn't work if it were not well aided by other qualities, like, foot works or power shots. Sanwar Hossain has weaknesses in his foot work and doesn't have power in his hands. In international showground, against the mightier opponents, you have to have the quality to improvise shots (Some power shots) that will get you some good runs and will force your rivals think about you the other way.
Tushar Imran, the man came in limelight in the one-day series, was completely ignored for the longer version. He could have been a good choice in the Test in Chittagong. Tushar was branded as a one-day specialist since his inception to the Bangladesh-A team. But look at his records he slammed a brilliant double hundred in India, the first ever Bangladeshi to do that in a first class match. Do the selectors have some valid explanations why Tushar had been called on for the Test squad only to sit by the sideline?
This batsman might not be impeccable in his technique, but he has the courage to face the formidable Pakistani pace attack cozily. That was vital part of all because it looked like Bangladeshis were unable to recover from the idea that they were playing against their heroes. Tushar's three one-day knocks were boisterous he made 23 in Chittagong ODI followed by 65 and 43 in Dhaka. It is notable that he top scored in the last two matches. The way he batted in the difficult track condition in Chittagong ODI commendable he neither made any hasty approach nor tried to carry on any nasty prods out side the off alike his compatriots.
I wonder why Tushar wasn't given any chance at all in the last four Tests against New Zealand and Pakistan!!
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge