Mosaddek aims big after hangover

Atif Azam

Bangladesh batsman Mosaddek Hossain plays a shot during their second ODI match against Afghanistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.
— New Age photo

Bangladesh all-rounder Mossadek Hossain was eyeing to cement his place in the national set-up after he was relieved to have gotten over the excitement of his debut match.
Mossadek made his one-day international debut against Afghanistan on Wednesday and left an immediate impression with an unbeaten 45 and 2-30, including a wicket in his first ball of career.
Though Bangladesh were unable to win the game, they could go close thanks to the performance of young Mosaddek, who rescued them from an embarrassing 165-9 to 208 and then gave the team two crucial breakthroughs.
‘I enjoyed my first game,’ Mossadek told New Age on Thursday. ‘Naturally there was bit of excitement but now as it was over I am much more relaxed,’ he said.
Mosaddek was hailed as the next big thing in country’s cricketing landscape through his dominance at the domestic circuit, irrespective whether it is a four-day game or a shorter format match.
The 20-year right hander handled the pressure of vibrant home crowd with ease and comfort when he revived the innings with a 43-run last wicket pair with Rubel Hossain.
The much-hyped batting unit of Tigers looked to be totally unaware of how to apply them in the slow pitch and often seen losing their head while they were restricted from scoring freely.
Mossadek said he did not want to confuse his batting by thinking too much and instead followed the batting principle that had proved to be fruitful so far in his career.
‘I always feel there is hardly any benefit by losing my wicket so it was better to get in there and stay till the very end,’ said Mossadek.
‘The ball was coming a bit slowly so naturally you had to take your time to adjust,’
‘I just waited to explode after being totally set and once I was middling the ball well everything seemed to be going my way,’ said the all-rounder, who hit four boundaries and two sixes during his run-a-ball innings.
Mossadek added that he was never looking for his fifty that looked to be a deserving award until Rubel ruined it through getting himself run out that could be well avoided in the second ball of the last over.
‘I was never chasing the fifty and am quite happy with whatever I have achieved,’ he said.
‘I am looking forward to contribute in our next match [provided picked] to help the team win the series and also pick our 100th win,’ he said.
Mossadek also bowled extremely well as he became the first Bangladeshi to pick a wicket with the first delivery, a feat that was achieved by 23 other bowlers so far in history.
He also removed Asghar Stanikzai and could have turned the match had Mushfiqur Rahim not missed the stumping of Najibullah Zadran off his bowling in 47th over.
‘I just wanted to bowl in the right place as I knew the wicket had something to offer,’ he said.
‘But honestly it was my batting that pleased me as well as gave me the confidence,’ he said.

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