Wednesday, 22 September, 2021

Youngsters impress Prince most in first series

Series against big teams is a great opportunity ahead of WT20, he believes

Youngsters impress Prince most in first series

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Former South African batsman Ashwell Prince feels that it’s too early to put the ‘finisher’ tag on new-kid-on-the-block Shamim Hossain.

The 44-year old recently worked as the batting consultant of the Bangladesh national cricket team during their full-fledged series against Zimbabwe where Shamim made a promising debut in the T20 series against the hosts.

Shamim struck 29 off 13 balls during the second T20I of the series but failed to take his side home but in the series-deciding match, the 20-year old made unbeaten 31 off 15 balls to help Bangladesh clinch the T20 series 2-1 and complete a successful tour in the African soil.

According to many, Shamim seems to be fit to fill the spot of a finisher as the left-handed Under-19 World Cup-winning batsman, looks to have all the credentials to fill that spot considering his fearless batting approach and range of shots.

“I think he’s (Shamim) a fantastic talent. Again, just like Afif (Hossain) and Sohan (Nurul Hasan) brave and fearless. Nobody in the group is putting a tag on him. If it’s happening then maybe it’s happening outside the team environment,” Prince told The Daily Sun during a recent interview.

The South African said that he was also impressed with Afif and Nurul, who he believed possess a lot of potential.

“Combinations are very important in white-ball cricket. You have people who set the tone at the top of the order and then you have those who are required to take the team home.

“I was really impressed with these two (Nurul and Afif). They were brave, fearless and particularly in the case of Afif, very calm in these situations. They can add a lot to the team in this period of a white ball match,” he added.

Prince observed that though Soumya Sarkar batted well at the top during the T20 series, he has got the potential to bat down the order as well.

“He’s a very good ball striker and bowled some important overs as well during this series. He’s also a very good player of spin which means he can open or indeed come in the middle order. It’s a massive bonus for a player if he can provide the selectors with options,” Prince said.

Ashwell claimed that Liton Das can go miles if he understands the value of his wicket.

“Liton Das is a gifted player. So much time, so many options,” he said.

“There are not many things that he can’t do. He was sharing with me a little about a tendency to lose his wicket around the 30-40 run period of his innings.

“I asked him if he was open to perhaps a slightly different approach. When I was a Test batsman it took me around 4 hours (two sessions) to score a Test 100. Liton is a much more gifted player than I was.

“I asked him to forget about watching the scoreboard and seeing how many runs he was on, but instead focus on the clock and see if he can bat for 3 hours. If he did, I’m convinced he would be close to 100,” he added.

Ashwell, who is unavailable during the upcoming home series against Australia, said that Bangladesh need to make sure that they prepare well for the World Cup by doing well in their upcoming home series against Australia, New Zealand and England respectively.

“I’d say one of our biggest strengths, we play as a team. We can depend on everyone, that’s powerful,” said Ashwell.

“I think the fixtures that BCB have lined up between now and the World Cup is a great opportunity for the team to measure ourselves against some of the best teams in the world. Doing well against Australia, New Zealand and England can really boost the team’s morale before the WC,” he concluded.