Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes said on Tuesday that he felt he needed to show something special to be in the playing eleven of the Tigers.
Imrul brought his courage and strength to score 121 off 91 balls for BCB XI in a practice match against England to make his claim stronger for the forthcoming home series.
He was left-out from the second and third one-day internationals against Afghanistan despite making 37 runs and giving Tamim Iqbal a good support in the opening match.
He still could not manage to satisfy the selector and the team management who had persisted with out of form Soumya Sarkar.
The left-hander demonstrated his power hitting ability clubbing 11 fours and six sixes against a full-strength England side.
‘I need to do something special,’ Imrul told reporters after the match.
‘I felt that average performance won’t help me get a place in the eleven as there is fierce competition,’ he said.
‘I need an innings of this kind and happy to play in this manner. It certainly raised my confidence,’ added the southpaw.
Imrul said that he had given a deep thought regarding his batting after he was dropped from the national XI and prepared him accordingly.
The result of his hard work was evident from the very first ball that he dispatched with disdain through an elegant cover drive.
He batted with composure during his more than two-hour long stay at the wicket and dominated against English bowlers in aggressive manner.
‘During the last two games I felt that I need to do something even better than what I do,’ said Imrul.
‘Perhaps that is the reason I had a different mindset,’ he said.
‘Earlier I had the mindset that I will score staying at the wicket but today it was different.
‘I had been positive and it all went well after the first ball,’ said the batsman who holds an impressive record against England.
Imrul paid his gratitude to the coaching staff as they had helped him play with a different mentality all together that he felt also increased his range of shots.
‘In the last two days the coach gave me some very good advice which helped me immensely,’ said Imrul.
‘The coach told me to be ready to play three shots, so that I have a lot of options. If you only have one shot in mind, you can’t always play that well,’ said Imrul.
‘I practiced that in the last two days, so for that reason my balance and everything else during the batting was positive,’
‘Coach asked me to be prepared to play the cut and pull, and then maybe you can take singles off good balls,’ he said.
‘Your body will always be positive and you will react quickly.’
Imrul said though it seemed scoring runs was easy but that was not the case against the English attack that has the ability to read opponent batsmen.
‘They bowl very well according to plans, and can read batsmen quickly.
‘They can target a batsman’s weakness and can exploit them with utmost skill.’
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