Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day March 11, 2013

Nasir pleased he 'could see it through'

Bangladesh finished their most productive innings in Test cricket with three centuries in Galle - the first time they had achieved that. Nasir Hossain was the last of the three centurions, but his performance was as important to the team as those of their captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Ashraful.

Nasir scored 100 and helped Bangladesh pass Sri Lanka's 570 for 4. His 106-run stand with Mushfiqur helped the captain worry less about the scoring rate as he approached his double-hundred, the first by a Bangladesh player. The pair batted at 3.87 runs per over, and by the time their stand ended, Bangladesh were dictating terms.

Nasir also added 31 and 37 for the seventh and eighth wicket, with Sohag Gazi and Abul Hasan. His maiden century came on the back of scores of 96 and 94 in the last two Tests, against West Indies at home. On both occasions he was the ninth batsman out, though he spent just five and two balls in the nineties respectively in those two innings. So he took extra care this time, but he did offer a chance when his lofted on-drive just missed the fingers of mid-on. That shot took him from 90 to 94. He took only singles in the next ten deliveries to reach the milestone.

"I am very happy that I could see it through this time," Nasir told ESPNcricinfo. "It wasn't a great feeling to be dismissed in the 90s. I got out just before tea in one of the innings, so it was really important that I got a hundred when I had another opportunity today.

"Tamim bhai was telling me that you could have had three centuries if you had scored those hundreds. I was telling myself that yes, it could have been three hundreds on the trot. But everything happens for a reason."

During his short career of six Tests before this game, Nasir has had to curb his natural instincts by playing to the situation. Chief selector Akram Khan, after picking him for the first time in 2011, said that was Nasir's strength.

On this occasion, Nasir padded up on the third morning, when Mushfiqur and Ashraful got together, and sat like that for an entire day. On the fourth morning, he was called into action after 17 minutes, when Ashraful fell. Coming in to bat with the team on 444 for 5, it is easy to slip into a casual mindset. Nasir, however, made it a point to enjoy the challenge.

"We have some very good batsmen in the top and middle order. I enjoy batting at this number. But it is not without its challenges," he said. "I am presented with different situations every day. I sometimes have to face the second new ball, adjust between old and new balls and also sometimes I have to make runs quickly."

Nasir has bigger challenges to face this year and in the future. His biggest advantage is his ability to withstand pressure, and though it is just his seventh Test, such traits often help in the most difficult situations.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    He is the asset for the Bangladesh. He could be the trum card in any format. I hope bangladesh will provide a good deal of concentration to make him up.

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    If Nasir can rectify his forward defence against incoming ball, he'll be a great batsman.

  • Anwar uz on March 12, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    He is one of my favourite batsmen in the team, they other being Mushfiq. I rate them both highly because they are dependable and they play attractive shots with panache. BAN team needs some more maturing which we simply can tell by the individual scores, Mushfiq was out immediately at 200 and Nasir also did so immediately after reaching 100.. a true professional would not have let it go so easily after doing such hard work .

  • Andrew on March 12, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    He is still a kid really (in cricket terms). I think there are half a dozen other Banga batsmen who have MORE talent, but he like Rahim have VERY good application. - which means they get something close to their best result. Rahim is a wonderful example of an average batsmen with strong willpower who has grown (figuratively) into a good batsmen. Any bloke who can bat over a day has my admiration. == == == If Ashraful can muster Nasir's application on a consistant basis, he can develop into a class batsmen. Doubt it!

  • Mohammed on March 11, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Well done Nasir,everybody is busy praising Mush and Ash.Nasir completed his century without getting noticed.Followed his 96 and 94 closely and always think when he will get a century now he achieved it.I think its the time to play him up the order he can make good partnerships with top order batsman and good totals for Bangladesh.

  • Dummy4 on March 11, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    India got their 1st double hundred after playing 23 years of test cricket, England got that after 26 years, but Bangla Tigers got the double hundred after 12 years and three months! Bravo Bangladesh!

  • Muhammad on March 11, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    What a pitch where even Bangladesh scored runs.

  • Jonny on March 11, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Nasir 100 in ODIs and 100 in Tests both his high scores. But what I like about his batting is that he gets a large chunk of his runs just running between the wicket. I reckon he will find Asian teams bowling way too easy to play against.

  • Shoaib on March 11, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    Nasir unlike all the other BD batsman has had a fantastic start to not just his test career but across all forms. Although early days, he already averages almost over 45 in Test Cricket so who knows what he will become in the future. The only slight concern regarding his batting is his defence especially to fast bowlers who bowl at the stumps which if rectified, can be a great asset for BD plus is the best fielder of BD and bowls part time.

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