Mohammad Saifuddin has revealed that hitting with Bangladeshi senior all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was his childhood dream after the duo clinched a 69-run undefeated position in ODI’s second win against Zimbabwe. Saifuddin also admitted that he rarely gets to hit and wanted to show off his hitting skills.
Shakib Al Hasan has been with the Bangladesh cricket team for around 15 years, and it turns out to be their iconic player whose charisma has had a great impact on the country’s young players to select cricket as a career option.
One such contender is Bangladeshi bowling all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin, who was 10 years old when Shakib made his international debut in 2006. On Sunday, the Chittagong-born player participated in an undefeated 69-race partnership with the former Bangladeshi captain. in his team’s three-field victory over Zimbabwe in the second ODI in Harare. Shakib missed his 10th ODI hundred by 4 runs, while Saifuddin was undefeated with 28 in their alliance that led his team to clinch the series 2-0 with a game to be played on July 20 (Tuesday). Saifuddin, 24, revealed that his childhood dream was to hit alongside Shakib and win for Bangladesh.
“There was a lot of pressure, but I felt like I was prepared. I tried to stick with the process. We needed about 70 runs at that stage. It was a childhood dream to hit with Shakib bhai and win a game for the country. I was happy to have that opportunity. and I did my best to make it as memorable as possible, “Saifuddin said as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
Saifuddin came in at bat as Bangladesh was struggling at 173/7 at the end of 39 overs with the required run rate reading 6.18 per over. In his innings, Saifuddin played 34 balls and hit just a four against Tendai Chatara’s bowling alley on the penultimate change, the rest of the innings he and Shakib dealt singles and doubles to ensure a smooth finish.
“I didn’t play big shots. I defended fumbles for the good of the team. Shakib bhai was very supportive. His presence gave me confidence. We knew picking up the singles would narrow the gap, and finally we can.” Win the game, “Saifuddin said.
Saifuddin plays as a lower-order specialist in Bangladesh’s batting lineup and has scored 362 runs in his 19 ODI innings where he was not out nine times. The all-rounder said he rarely gets to hit and was waiting for an opportunity to prove himself as a hitter.
“I don’t always have the opportunity [to bat]But I wanted to prove myself as a hitter. Obviously, I don’t want anyone to go out, but yesterday I tried really hard. I think I could prove myself. I am happy to be able to contribute to the cause of the team, “revealed Saifuddin.
Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will play their final ODI on Tuesday before moving on to the three-game T20I series that will close out the multi-format tour.