• Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Al Amin rues missed chances

Naimul Karim
Many a cricketer has been known for superstitious eccentricities over the years. But none of them could probably beat Sri Lanka opener Kaushal Silva's. The right-hander goes through a bizarre ritual of buckling his gloves, swinging his left arm exactly ten times and swaying back before every ball he faces. Photo: STAR
Many a cricketer has been known for superstitious eccentricities over the years. But none of them could probably beat Sri Lanka opener Kaushal Silva's. The right-hander goes through a bizarre ritual of buckling his gloves, swinging his left arm exactly ten times and swaying back before every ball he faces. Photo: STAR

At the end of the day yesterday Bangladesh's players probably found themselves muttering those evergreen 'if only' and 'things could have been different' phrases that have long been a part of their bad days.
Bangladesh had given away at least five opportunities on the field yesterday, including four dropped chances. Three of those took place in the morning session and the game, in those age-old words, 'could' have indeed taken a different turn had those chances been taken.
There will be far more testing times ahead for the hosts as the pitch has been slowing down and exhibited quite a bit of turn yesterday.
“Never before was I called for a no-ball because of breaking the stumps. Not in any form of cricket; I felt unlucky. It felt a little bad that I was not getting the wickets despite having bowled well,” said Al-Amin at the post-match press conference.
“But despite that I didn't get bogged down and tried to keep myself calm. I told myself that more opportunities will come,” he added.
His constant effort eventually led to him getting the prized scalp of Kumar Sangakkara.
“Despite the early misses, when I got Sangakkara's wicket I felt really good because generally when he hits form he plays for a long time, so it felt good to stop him,” said the 24-year-old with a wry smile.


But even that wicket had its share of drama with Nasir Hossain fumbling the catch twice at first slip before grasping it inches from the ground.
“I initially thought that that was dropped too! But after I saw the catch, I thought finally something was going my way,” the bowler recalled.
While the Bangladeshis made a hash of their chances, Kaushal Silva utilised the opportunity to amble through to his first Test century.
“Getting the century was really good for me. I had some luck and I managed to capitalise on that,” said Silva. The player who is on a comeback trail stated how important reaching the three-figure mark was for him.  
“After being dropped (after playing three matches in 2011) I was determined to somehow play for Sri Lanka again. Not only that, I had a hunger to score runs and show who I am -- my talents and my ability,” said Silva.
The batsman felt that the wicket would only get more difficult to bat on in the coming days.
“The ball was coming on to the bat well yesterday (Monday). But it was slower today. If it gets slower and starts to grip and turn it will be harder for the batsman. The spinners might have a better chance on this wicket,” said Silva.
The manner in which the ball turned towards the end of the day yesterday would have probably caused a few flutters in the home camp as they may have to face a tougher challenge in the second innings.
Despite the trying times, there remained a hint of optimism in Al Amin, who believes that his side are still capable of drawing the match.
“We have to make the most of the morning session and bowl them out as soon as possible tomorrow (Wednesday), hopefully within 450. With regards to our batting, I feel that our batters did not bat to their ability in the first innings. The likes of Mushfiqur (Rahim), Mominul (Haque) and Shakib (Al Hasan), they are capable of batting for a long time. I am sure we can still draw the match,” said Al Amin.

Published: 12:00 am Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Last modified: 5:08 pm Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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