Former national wicket-keeper batsman Jahurul Islam is certainly proving his worth in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPL).
The way he is batting has not only helped Abahani Limited to be firmly placed at the top of the table of DPL but also proved that he still has the appetite.Jahurul is the leading scorer of the tournament after the eighth-round of the league making 522 runs with a scintillating average of 87 which was developed on the back of two centuries and two half centuries.
“I cannot say that I am going through the best time of my career,” Jahurul told reporters after guiding Abahani to a four-wicket win on the back of unbeaten 91 runs against Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital on Thursday.
“I am playing for a long time so naturally my team does have some expectations from me. Experienced players are expected to be match winners,” he said.
“After playing for so long it is normal that if I am carrying some good form then I have to score the bulk of the team’s total. Every player doesn’t score in a tournament and those who are scoring need to carry on as some players might have some lean patch at any particular tournament and if we can score runs than it will help those players to regain their form,” he said.
Jahurul, who made his first-class debut as a 16-year old in 2002-03 season of DPL, was touted as a teenage prodigy with the potential to be future Bangladesh skipper. He had to wait another eight years for his Test debut, against England in 2010. Although he had become a domestic stalwart by then, he could only play a total of 24 matches for Bangladesh across all formats.
“Whenever I am passing good times somehow I get injured at certain point during that phase. I was performing well in BCL but my wrist was broken nine days before the BPL,” said Jahurul.“Later due to wrong medical assessment I played four matches but later found out that I still had fracture in my hand and so I had to opt for plaster and opened it (plaster) only nine days before the league,” he said adding that he was well prepared to play keeping in mind that his shots are limited.
“I was not thinking of performing in the league rather I was busy working on my basics. I cannot lose temperament because my shots are limited due to the injury that I sustained in my wrist,” he added. Jahurul stated that he still harbours the dream of wearing the national jersey but quickly admitted that he is aware that he still has a long way to go to make a place at the top-order of the national team.
“I will keep dreaming of playing in the national team till the last day of my career,” said Jahurul.