Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2013 April 9, 2013

Nasir Hossain plays down expectations

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Bangladesh batsman Nasir Hossain has said the team will have to handle the weight of expectations on them in Zimbabwe, their closest rivals in Test cricket, and played down the lack of training at home ahead of the tour. Bangladesh leave for Zimbabwe on Wednesday, about a week after returning from Sri Lanka on April 2.

"When we play a team like Zimbabwe, we always have that pressure of trying not to lose," Nasir said. "If we can overcome that pressure than we will be able to play normal cricket. When we play against a big team there is nothing to lose for us and we can play 100% without any pressure."

"I think Zimbabwe is a very difficult opponent in their own backyard. They are well prepared to give us a hard time, but we are confident we can beat them."

Nasir recently scored his maiden Test hundred and had a fruitful tour of Sri Lanka, which included a match-winning innings in the third ODI and a half-century in the first game of the series. Like many in the team, he has been playing constantly since the start of the domestic season in October. As a result, he doesn't think a few days of practice ahead of the departure for Zimbabwe would have made any difference.

"We just had a tour of one month so we are not [out] of practice. In Zimbabwe we will get a few days before the start of the series and that would help us to recover.

"It is due to the prevailing condition in the country as we opted for safety first. Even if we had done it [trained], it would not have been anything more than two days and I don't feel that we could have made a huge difference in this short span of time."

Nasir was in the Test squad when Bangladesh last played against Zimbabwe, but he didn't get a game. He made his international debut in the one-day series there, and has established his position as a middle-order batsman. He will again be expected to play a key role in the Test series, as he had done in Sri Lanka when the team was without some big names.

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

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  • on April 15, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    i am a big big fan of Bangladesh cricket team.Now a days Nasir Hossain is one of the big consistent player of Bangladesh cricket team.No wander such that his responsibility is increasing day by day.Best of luck Nasir and go on fire against Zimbabwe. My recent ODI dream player is=(1)Tamim ikbal (2)Shahriar nafes (3)mushfiqur rahim (4)shakib al hasan (5)Mahmudullah (6)Nasir hossain (7)Zeaur raheman (8)Shohag gazi (9)abdur razak (10)Sajidul (11)Rubel hosen.<>Two player should be change for test team. Ashraful& mominul should be inside replacement of Shahriar nafes&Zeaur raheman.

  • ashqarmahi on April 13, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    minnow minnow minnow....all bangladeshi fan should aware of this word and will not use it to any other country.....Zimbabwe.....once they were one of the biggest threat in odi circket....that time they could beat any BIG teams at their day....right now what bangladeshis are doing....and Zimbabwe already have some legends...andy,grant,heath,neil, etc....so please dont try to use that word....and and on our last tour we beat up by that guys both test and odi....so this series is the revenge series for us....and i hope we will win all with new more records....!!!

    cheers!!

  • Albert_cambell on April 10, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Hats off to nasir hossain for his honesty. Atleast he is not boosting his team like champions as his fans or his fellow team mates do. He accepts the reality. Nasir hossain is the real tiger here.

  • Ramansilva on April 10, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    @ashqarmahi has quite a lot of sense that many other BD fans do not have. Read the first paragraph of this article. It says that Zimbabwe is the closest rival for BD team in test cricket. That means both teams have almost 50-50 chance.

  • siddhartha87 on April 10, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Nasir Hossain is an awesome player.He still needs work a bit on his technique but his temperament is really good. He always stays cool in the toughest of the situation. i think he should bat at no 6 or 7 only the way he is doing now.Let him settle in there.He is still only 21 so let him do what he is doing now.He has a long career ahead of him.Sometimes it's good not to rush into things. I mean look at Irfan Pathan.He was a great swing bowler when he first came into the scene.But experimentation and expectations killed him.

  • on April 10, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    great nd confident player nasir

  • on April 10, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Zimbabwe have some pacers they can rely on like Jarvis and Vitori. We dont have that. BD must make use of their spinners to the fullest. This test is going to be hard since i think ZIM will try their level best to win this. Go BD!!

  • fr600 on April 10, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    I believe Nasir is one of the top 4 players in BD along with Shakib, Mushfiq, and Tamim.

  • ashqarmahi on April 10, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Zimbabwe is weaker ... come on guys ... may b they are weak in papers ... but they beat bangladesh in the last test they played while returning to test cricket...that time bangladesh had the best playing 11.....so don't say that zimbabwe is minnow...they are very good team and BD has to play their best to beat them....in addition, if we compare the fast bowler of both team BD is way behind them ... so be careful bangladesh as shakib is playing only batsman role ... We want to win the whole tour ... but with pride and dignity and respect .... this is my request to all BD fans that don't underestimate ZIM team ... we know how it feels when anybody use the term "minnow" ... waiting to see a exciting series ... cheers !!

  • on April 10, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    Sylheti/Bangladeshi. I agree with u on this one. Nasir, Inshallah will be the pride of Bangladesh soon. He has the mindset and the skills to play any bowler in the world. Hope he gets to play some county cricket in England soon. That's one great place to fine tune your skills.

  • on April 15, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    i am a big big fan of Bangladesh cricket team.Now a days Nasir Hossain is one of the big consistent player of Bangladesh cricket team.No wander such that his responsibility is increasing day by day.Best of luck Nasir and go on fire against Zimbabwe. My recent ODI dream player is=(1)Tamim ikbal (2)Shahriar nafes (3)mushfiqur rahim (4)shakib al hasan (5)Mahmudullah (6)Nasir hossain (7)Zeaur raheman (8)Shohag gazi (9)abdur razak (10)Sajidul (11)Rubel hosen.<>Two player should be change for test team. Ashraful& mominul should be inside replacement of Shahriar nafes&Zeaur raheman.

  • ashqarmahi on April 13, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    minnow minnow minnow....all bangladeshi fan should aware of this word and will not use it to any other country.....Zimbabwe.....once they were one of the biggest threat in odi circket....that time they could beat any BIG teams at their day....right now what bangladeshis are doing....and Zimbabwe already have some legends...andy,grant,heath,neil, etc....so please dont try to use that word....and and on our last tour we beat up by that guys both test and odi....so this series is the revenge series for us....and i hope we will win all with new more records....!!!

    cheers!!

  • Albert_cambell on April 10, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Hats off to nasir hossain for his honesty. Atleast he is not boosting his team like champions as his fans or his fellow team mates do. He accepts the reality. Nasir hossain is the real tiger here.

  • Ramansilva on April 10, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    @ashqarmahi has quite a lot of sense that many other BD fans do not have. Read the first paragraph of this article. It says that Zimbabwe is the closest rival for BD team in test cricket. That means both teams have almost 50-50 chance.

  • siddhartha87 on April 10, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Nasir Hossain is an awesome player.He still needs work a bit on his technique but his temperament is really good. He always stays cool in the toughest of the situation. i think he should bat at no 6 or 7 only the way he is doing now.Let him settle in there.He is still only 21 so let him do what he is doing now.He has a long career ahead of him.Sometimes it's good not to rush into things. I mean look at Irfan Pathan.He was a great swing bowler when he first came into the scene.But experimentation and expectations killed him.

  • on April 10, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    great nd confident player nasir

  • on April 10, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Zimbabwe have some pacers they can rely on like Jarvis and Vitori. We dont have that. BD must make use of their spinners to the fullest. This test is going to be hard since i think ZIM will try their level best to win this. Go BD!!

  • fr600 on April 10, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    I believe Nasir is one of the top 4 players in BD along with Shakib, Mushfiq, and Tamim.

  • ashqarmahi on April 10, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Zimbabwe is weaker ... come on guys ... may b they are weak in papers ... but they beat bangladesh in the last test they played while returning to test cricket...that time bangladesh had the best playing 11.....so don't say that zimbabwe is minnow...they are very good team and BD has to play their best to beat them....in addition, if we compare the fast bowler of both team BD is way behind them ... so be careful bangladesh as shakib is playing only batsman role ... We want to win the whole tour ... but with pride and dignity and respect .... this is my request to all BD fans that don't underestimate ZIM team ... we know how it feels when anybody use the term "minnow" ... waiting to see a exciting series ... cheers !!

  • on April 10, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    Sylheti/Bangladeshi. I agree with u on this one. Nasir, Inshallah will be the pride of Bangladesh soon. He has the mindset and the skills to play any bowler in the world. Hope he gets to play some county cricket in England soon. That's one great place to fine tune your skills.

  • Energetic. on April 10, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    I think this is Bangladesh best test 11 for this series based from the squad given:- Tamim, Shahriar, Ashraful, Shakib, Nasir, Rahim, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Sajidul, Rubel and Enamul.

  • ExtremeSpeed on April 9, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    I honestly think Nasir Hossain should bat at 4/5 in ODIs and 5/6 in Tests so he doesn't need to rush his innings once the tail comes in. Also what he could improve on is his defence so he will be much more difficult to get out. It will be very tough but Bangladesh really has not much choice but to win all these games especially when Bangladesh have been showing strong performances in the last year or so. The wickets are expected to be faster and bouncier so it will be a great experience and of course a challenge for our players. Team spirit of Bangladesh is really high right now and long may it continue good luck!

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on April 9, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Nasir Hossain Might End up Being the Greatest Batsman of Bangladesh

  • on April 9, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    One of the best youngsters and lets see how he does outside subcontinent.

  • Fogu on April 9, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    We praise shakib and we should but he has a knack of giving his wicket away. He needs to play according to situation. He has the talent as does Tamim and Ashraful but at times they play bad shots and get out putting the rest of the team under pressure. Occasionally Mushfique does the same. As a team BD needs to develop better temperament for batting long. We need to value our wickets more especially in Tests. Our Target should be to at least bat 130-150 overs in every innings. All in all our batting is not bad as compared to our atrocious fast bowling.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 9, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Zim is the only full member that's weaker than BD. So BD team is favorite in all 3 series. Even a draw in Test series will b a moral defeat for them. Yeah, lots of expectations in their country & abroad as well. But it's true for all top teams around the globe; specially in Asia. So they must cope with it.

  • TheRisingTeam on April 9, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    I agree with Nasir that extra training/practice sessions won't make a difference because they have just played a full series in Sri Lanka. He knows very well Zimbabwe are no pushovers and it seems to me he's very serious about it and wants to keep up his form into the Sub-Saharan. Nasir is one of the best finds of Bangladesh and right now one of the best youngsters in World Cricket. He's becoming better everytime much more confident and keeps his cool even in tough situations and his knock in the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka was proof of that. He's even more dangerous when Shakib is batting with him because with Shakib's talent and experience, Nasir won't have that extra bit of pressure.

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  • TheRisingTeam on April 9, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    I agree with Nasir that extra training/practice sessions won't make a difference because they have just played a full series in Sri Lanka. He knows very well Zimbabwe are no pushovers and it seems to me he's very serious about it and wants to keep up his form into the Sub-Saharan. Nasir is one of the best finds of Bangladesh and right now one of the best youngsters in World Cricket. He's becoming better everytime much more confident and keeps his cool even in tough situations and his knock in the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka was proof of that. He's even more dangerous when Shakib is batting with him because with Shakib's talent and experience, Nasir won't have that extra bit of pressure.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 9, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Zim is the only full member that's weaker than BD. So BD team is favorite in all 3 series. Even a draw in Test series will b a moral defeat for them. Yeah, lots of expectations in their country & abroad as well. But it's true for all top teams around the globe; specially in Asia. So they must cope with it.

  • Fogu on April 9, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    We praise shakib and we should but he has a knack of giving his wicket away. He needs to play according to situation. He has the talent as does Tamim and Ashraful but at times they play bad shots and get out putting the rest of the team under pressure. Occasionally Mushfique does the same. As a team BD needs to develop better temperament for batting long. We need to value our wickets more especially in Tests. Our Target should be to at least bat 130-150 overs in every innings. All in all our batting is not bad as compared to our atrocious fast bowling.

  • on April 9, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    One of the best youngsters and lets see how he does outside subcontinent.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on April 9, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Nasir Hossain Might End up Being the Greatest Batsman of Bangladesh

  • ExtremeSpeed on April 9, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    I honestly think Nasir Hossain should bat at 4/5 in ODIs and 5/6 in Tests so he doesn't need to rush his innings once the tail comes in. Also what he could improve on is his defence so he will be much more difficult to get out. It will be very tough but Bangladesh really has not much choice but to win all these games especially when Bangladesh have been showing strong performances in the last year or so. The wickets are expected to be faster and bouncier so it will be a great experience and of course a challenge for our players. Team spirit of Bangladesh is really high right now and long may it continue good luck!

  • Energetic. on April 10, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    I think this is Bangladesh best test 11 for this series based from the squad given:- Tamim, Shahriar, Ashraful, Shakib, Nasir, Rahim, Mahmudullah, Gazi, Sajidul, Rubel and Enamul.

  • on April 10, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    Sylheti/Bangladeshi. I agree with u on this one. Nasir, Inshallah will be the pride of Bangladesh soon. He has the mindset and the skills to play any bowler in the world. Hope he gets to play some county cricket in England soon. That's one great place to fine tune your skills.

  • ashqarmahi on April 10, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Zimbabwe is weaker ... come on guys ... may b they are weak in papers ... but they beat bangladesh in the last test they played while returning to test cricket...that time bangladesh had the best playing 11.....so don't say that zimbabwe is minnow...they are very good team and BD has to play their best to beat them....in addition, if we compare the fast bowler of both team BD is way behind them ... so be careful bangladesh as shakib is playing only batsman role ... We want to win the whole tour ... but with pride and dignity and respect .... this is my request to all BD fans that don't underestimate ZIM team ... we know how it feels when anybody use the term "minnow" ... waiting to see a exciting series ... cheers !!

  • fr600 on April 10, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    I believe Nasir is one of the top 4 players in BD along with Shakib, Mushfiq, and Tamim.