Fearless opener Soumya Sarkar had a fairly impressive start to his international career and has been a regular member in Bangladesh limited over squad since his international debut.
Bangladesh had a massive influx of exciting talents during 2015 and Soumya Sarkar was possibly the brightest among them. Hailing from Sathkira, his swashbuckling batting style caught the eyes of many.
But Soumya has been battling with form in recent years.
Soumya’s spot in Bangladesh’s XI came into question after he had a sorry run failing to score in South Africa tour last year and was dropped. He managed some runs in ICC Champions Trophy but since then it had been a nightmare for Soumya.
As Soumya is among Tiges’ most dangerous batsmen in limited over cricket, BCB selectors kept a faith Soumya and recalled him in Bangladesh’s last T20 tournament in Nidahas Twenty20 Tri-Series in Sri Lanka last March.
Soumya came to the tournament under pressure, having struggled with form and failed to live up to the expectation with scores of 14, 24, 1, 10, 1 in the five T20 matches.
The forthcoming Afghanistan T20 series in Dehradun is nearing and arguably this is going to be a big test for Soumya. He is keen to end his batting misery in upcoming international schedules preparing himself in Tigers’ practice session.
“Everybody wants to perform. But it is not possible to play well every day. As I am struggling with my form, I always want to come out of my batting misery. I always try to secure my place. I always give my best but sometimes I fail to click,” Soumya told reporters on Thursday.
Soumya had been in sublime form throughout the course of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket league (DPL). He even slammed a 154-run innings in a must-win game for Agrani Bank against Brothers Union. But people demands more from Soumya, urging the out-of-form left-hander to be busier at the crease.
Bangladesh tried different opening combinations in their recent limited over series, with Tamim and Soumya teaming up in the first match in Nidahas trophy and Liton and Tamim in the following matches in the tournament. Soumya was forced to bat at middle order.
Recalled Anamul Haque also plundered runs in recent domestic league and was called in as a replacement for Soumya Sarkar to open the innings in the Tri-Nation Series in Bangladesh earlier in 2018.
Presently, there is a lot of competition in Bangladesh team for openers’ slot. Litton pressed his claim in recently concluded Nidhash trophy with some delightful starts and strokes. That’s why Soumya will play against Afghanistan at middle order. Soumya thinks team’s priority comes first.
“I feel comfortable with playing at any position in the batting line. I played in one-down position for a time. Team management knows best in which position I should play. If they need me, I am ready to brandish my willow anytime. I have faith in my team’s decision,” Soumya said.
“I am not thinking about past. My eyes are on forthcoming series as I am ready to prove my worth,” he concluded.