Anamul vows not to overthink | 2019-07-17

Anamul vows not to overthink

Sports Correspondent

17 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh batsman Anamul Haque is not thinking too far ahead as he is eyeing for a return in the national set-up with the upcoming three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Anamul is eager to utilise the Sri Lanka tour to seal his place in the national team as he was included in the national squad after a year.

The 26-year-old is currently playing for Bangladesh A against their Afghan counterparts. In the first four-day match, Anamul struck a ton while batting at number four.

This innings could have prompted the selectors to consider him for the upcoming series. At the same time, the absence of Liton Das, who is on leave for personal reasons, also played a role in opening the door of the national team for Anamul.

“It’s our duty to play well as a player. There is no alternative of playing well and scoring runs. If we are able to play well it feels good too,” Anamul said without elaborating further about it.

“I was waiting for this day. Now, my main focus will be to perform well. As a cricketer, I always believe that performing well is the best thing I can do for the team,” he said.

“I need everyone’s blessings. Let’s keep faith on God. I think something good will happen. That’s it,” he said.

Anamul last played for the national team in 2018 during Bangladesh’s West Indies tour but failed to impress with the bat as he returned to the dugout for 0, 23 and 10 runs respectively in three matches. His poor performance cost him a place in the team.

The right-handed batsman kicked off his international career in 2012 against West Indies in Khulna. He struck a ton in his second ODI. But he has since failed to perform consistently.

Despite getting several chances last year, Anamul disappointed to live up to the expectation but this time round it seems he is keen to grab the opportunity.

Anamul played 37 ODIs till date and scored 1,038 runs with three fifties and as many centuries with the best innings of 120 against West Indies.