AFGHANISTAN TOUR OF INDIA, 2023
Shahadat and Mominul hail from the same place. © BCB
Bangladesh’s new batting prodigy Shahadat Hossain Dipu certainly looked to be on his own as he joined the national training camp for the first time in his career at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday.
Former Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque took him under his wings considering he knows him from his childhood as they are both from the same region. Shahadat, known to be quite reserved, managed to make Chandika Hathurusingha notice him with a fluent drive against a pacer. He already has a reputation in the domestic circuit for handling the slower bowlers.
Hathurusingha applauded the young right-hander after he completed his maiden net session and he will certainly now feel confident that he belongs at this level. Shahadat certainly knows by now what the national dressing room looks like considering a couple of his Under-19 World Cup winning team mates have played at the senior level that includes Shoriful Islam, Shamim Patwary, Towhid Hridoy among others.
Shahadat made his first-class debut in 2021 and so far scored 1265 runs from 20 games with two hundreds and 10 half-centuries. He caught the eye with his half century against India A in Sylhet as he scored 109 runs in two innings during the second four-day match against them in December last year.
He also made an impression in the last edition of the Dhaka Premier League, country’s traditional list A tournament, for Prime Bank Cricket Club scoring 480 runs in 13 innings with an average of 36.92 including one hundred and one fifty. He was the highest scorer for Prime Bank Cricket Club.
However, Shahadat showed his real temperament in the second game of the three-match series against West Indies A scoring successive half centuries to make a strong claim for the Test squad. “I want to play as per the situation. Everyone talks about skill but I feel you need to be mentally strong to do well here,” Shahadat told reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday.
“They (West Indies A pacers) were a bit difficult because everyone had experience and everyone is an international cricketer who played for West Indies. There were good bowlers in India A as well so what I feel is that you need to be patient and mentally strong and if that is there you can adjust.”
Shahadat believes that playing against Taskin Ahmed and Ebadat Hossain in the domestic circuit helped him handle West Indies. “I have played pace earlier and Taskin bhai and Ebadat bhai bowls in the similar pace (like what I have faced against West Indies A) and so the opponent did not look to be too difficult,” he said
While pointing out that he isn’t too worried about the extreme heat, Shahadat was confident of playing each ball on merit and not put too much pressure on himself if given an opportunity. “If I get a chance I will try to play normal cricket and I always try to play according to the ball,” he said. “Not worried who is my opponent and whom I am facing and so I will try to play according to the ball and nothing more than that.”