HomeSPORTSGentle-spoken Towhid Hridoy has 'no regrets' after lacking century on ODI debut

Gentle-spoken Towhid Hridoy has ‘no regrets’ after lacking century on ODI debut

Towhid Hridoy‘s dream run of 2023 continued into his ODI debut in Sylhet. His 92 within the first ODI in opposition to Eire is a Bangladeshi debutant’s highest rating on this format. There was an air of inevitability about his innings, firstly complementing within the 135-run stand with Shakib Al Hasan, after which chopping unfastened within the 80-run quickfire stand along with his idol Mushfiqur Rahim.

The soft-spoken Hridoy stated that he needed to take care of his aggressive intent, a mantra he developed because the disastrous BPL marketing campaign from 2022. Hridoy stated that he tried to study from Shakib throughout their partnership, however his major focus was on himself.

“I needed to have the precise intent,” Hridoy stated after the sport. “I did not attempt to bat to get settled on the crease. I attempted to play every ball to its benefit. It was an excellent feeling batting with Shakib bhai. He’s such an skilled batter. I used to be studying continuously from him. I actually loved it. He was giving me recommendation at occasions. Once I thought I wanted to one thing, I requested him. He was encouraging me, telling to bat as deep as attainable.”

Hridoy stated that it was an excellent second from him to bat with Mushfiqur within the latter a part of the Bangladesh innings, because it was a second from the wicketkeeper-batter’s profession, 16 years in the past, that impressed Hridoy within the first place.

“In 2007 when Mushfiq bhai received us the sport in opposition to India within the World Cup, he took a stump from that recreation. Once I noticed that stump in particular person throughout a programme in Bogra, I used to be actually impressed by it. I used to be little or no. I dreamed from that day that I wish to play for the nationwide staff. Immediately he stated some inspiring phrases, like he needs me to serve Bangladesh cricket for a very long time,” stated Hridoy.

He stated that there is no remorse about not reaching the three-figure mark, when he may have been the primary from Bangladesh to take action on ODI debut. “I give all reward to Allah. I may have been out early. I’m pleased with what I received. I all the time thank Allah. I received what I used to be in my Rizq (provision). Hopefully I’ll do higher subsequent time. I’ve no regrets. I hope these making their debuts later, hope they’ll do even higher,” he stated.

Hridoy is without doubt one of the uncommon merchandise of the BPL, a match that’s recognized for organizing and administrative faults. He made 403 runs on this season’s BPL, batting in an aggressive means that nobody anticipated him to. His batting was on the explanations Sylhet Strikers reached the match last this yr.

It was additionally Hridoy’s failure within the 2022 BPL that motivated him. Hridoy was on strike within the final ball of final yr’s BPL last. He was having a woeful time with the bat, scoring runs at 97.84 strike-rate, averaging solely 17. Towards Comilla Victorians’ Shohidul Islam, Hridoy hit a half-volley to cowl, simply operating a single as Fortune Barishal fell quick by one run.

“[My aggressive intent and fearless batting] began after taking part in badly within the 2022 BPL. I assumed I ought to change myself since that match. I attempted every part together with altering my mentality. As a lot as attainable. It was a foul season for me. I attempted to get as far-off from it.

“I used to be within the HP (excessive efficiency) camp and performed home cricket within the final 12 months. I spoke to [Khaled Mahmud] Sujon sir frequently. He knew me from my childhood. Shohel Islam sir was all the time there for me. I’ve spent essentially the most time speaking to him,” he stated.

Hridoy has had extra heartbreak in his life. When he was solely 12 years previous, a person swindled him of some huge cash when he had come to Dhaka for the primary time. It turned out that the academy he had supposed to hitch did not exist in any respect. He almost gave up the sport earlier than Mahmud, the previous nationwide captain and present BCB director, saved him within the straight and slim to proceed taking part in within the age-group ranges.

“I misplaced rather a lot after I went to that academy. I did not wish to proceed taking part in cricket. My father by no means supported me to play cricket. My mother and father do not perceive the sport however each time I was adamant with my mom, she would relent.

“Round that point after I needed to cease taking part in, Sujon sir actually supported me. That is from my U16 days. He all the time gave me alternatives from taking part in within the Dhaka First Division league,” he stated.

Hridoy stated that his mother and father had been delighted along with his inclusion within the Bangladesh staff, notably his mom who would usually go round his father’s again to assist Hridoy pursue his dream. “My mother and father are very joyful, particularly my mom. She all the time supported me. I used to be all the time pressured about my research, however I did not actually pursue it. I used to be targeted on my cricket,” he stated.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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