Bangladesh batsman Najmul Hossain said on Wednesday that he didn’t take any added pressure in the middle which he felt played a big role in scoring his maiden hundred against Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh made an excellent start in the opening Test courtesy of Najmul’s unbeaten 126 off 288 deliveries as they reached 302-2 at the end of the first day’s play in Kandy.
Najmul left all kinds of doubts that were raised regarding his potential following his dismal show with the bat at the international level as he managed to convert his start to remain unbeaten after day one that included 14 fours and a six.
“I don’t have anything to prove to anyone,” Nazmul told reporters after stumps of day one.
“I just wanted to enjoy the game and didn’t take any pressure like I have to score runs and things like that. The wicket was extremely good to bat on and I am happy that I just carried on with my batting,” he added.
Najmul added that his partnership with Tamim Iqbal helped him to build his innings.
Tamim missed a well deserved century making 90 runs but his stroke-filled innings raised the confidence of Najmul in the green-top wicket in Pallekelle.
“Tamim bhai’s innings really helped me because he was batting with a lot of confidence,” said Najmul.
“When I went to bat he told me that it was a good wicket and you should play your natural game. I followed his advice and it was beautiful to wicket to bat on,” he said, adding that he didn’t plan anything big after the arrival of Mominul with whom he shared an unbeaten 150-run stand.
“When he arrived I didn’t plan anything regarding our partnership, rather we just managed to keep it simple by crossing one small goal to the other,” he said.
Najmul, who scored runs heavily at the domestic level, claimed that making runs in the domestic level helped him against Sri Lankan bowlers in the opening Test.
“Naturally scoring runs gives you confidence and I carried it here in the middle. I worked really hard in the last few months and I wasn't scoring runs but I knew if I stick around and play my natural game I can score and I'm really happy,” he said.
“Mentally I'm thinking very positively and that has helped me a lot. My thought process was just to watch the ball and play accordingly,” he said, adding that they want to bat deep considering the wicket is expected to turn from the third day.