Soumya puzzled with his lack of form

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jul 18,2017 | Updated: 23:30, Jul 17,2017

 
 

Bangladesh batsman Soumya Sarker speaks to reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Monday. — New Age photo

Left-handed batsman Soumya Sarkar said on Monday that he still could not sort out his batting problems as he lost his wickets in different ways in his recent international matches.
Soumya, whose one-day international average is 35.51, was highly criticised for his recent poor run in the Champions Trophy, where he could only compile 34 runs at an average of 8.5 in four matches.
He managed to hit back-to-back fifties in the preceding tri-series against New Zealand and hosts Ireland but lost his way in the big tournament.
The left-handed batsman got a start against England in the tournament opener scoring 28 runs but he failed to convert the innings into a big one and lost his way in next three matches when he was dismissed for 3, 3 and 0 respectively.
Soumya couldn’t blame the English condition for his batting failures as his co-opener Tamim scored heavily, making 293 runs in four games in a tournament where even 300 looked an under-par score.
‘I still can’t find out my problems as I lost my wickets in different ways,’ Soumya told reporters at Mirpur during their ongoing conditioning camp for the forthcoming Test series at home against Australia.
‘I could stay for a little bit at the crease against England in the Champions Trophy but got out early in every other innings.
‘I don’t find any temperament issue in that. Wickets were very batting friendly there and in maximum matches, teams scored over 300 runs.’
Soumya added that he was working hard to regain his form before the next series.
‘I want to get back into the runs and if I can’t, people will start criticising me for my performances. I’m now running after the runs.
‘As a cricketer, I have to work on my shortcomings on a regular basis. I wasn’t performing consistently. I had played well in the series before the Champions trophy. But I couldn’t prove myself in the Champions Trophy and people started to talk.’
But the flamboyant southpaw believed that the only way to overcome his problem was not to curb his natural instinct.
‘I don’t want to change my techniques and want to get success through my natural playing style,’ said Soumya, regarded as one of the finest stroke players of the country.
Soumya made no attempt to hide his preference as an opener though he started his Test career as a lower middle order batsman before being promoted at the top.
‘Management wants me to perform in the opening position. I want to do whatever I need to firm my position in the opening slot,’ he added.
Soumya also expressed to linger his career like his illustrious opener Tamim Iqbal, who has been the mainstay of Bangladesh’s top-order batting over the last decade or so in all three formats.
‘I have a lot to learn from him [Tamim]. When he batted at the striking position and I saw how he played. I tried to learn from him both on and off the field,’ said Soumya.
‘I have been watching his previous innings and tried to get best out of that. I want to play as many matches as he played for Bangladesh and play for a long time for our country.’ 

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