Soumya Sarkar's inclusion for the first match of the two-T20I series against Sri Lanka was an obvious one given his track record in the shortest format of the game, but this time it will be slightly different for the elegant left-hander as he seeks to regain his confidence after being ignored for the ODI tri-series and the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka.
His recent match-winning 89 not out against Prime Bank Cricket Club in the Dhaka Premier League for Agrani Bank will give him some confidence after a long stretch of being unable to convert starts into big knocks.
“I have worked on my fitness and also on my batting during the break. I was able to play a few domestic matches, which will help me,” Soumya told reporters before the Tigers' training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Soumya averages just over 39 in his last six innings in the shortest format with scores of 44, 47, 34, 29, 42 and 39 at a strike rate of 157.7. When asked whether he is more confident in the shortest format of the game Soumya informed that he is keen to bank on that confidence.
"As long as I am batting I try to remain confident. However, I was unable to perform apart from the T20s so it seemed like I am on the back foot. As I was able to perform in the T20s many thought that I looked more confident in this format. So if I am able to continue the consistency it will be good for me," he said.
When asked whether he is eying a comeback in the two other formats by performing well in the T20s, Soumya informed that he is only focusing on the upcoming two T20I games and added that his initial goal is to become a regular member of the T20 side.
It will be a difficult task for the Tigers to bounce back strongly after defeats in the ODI tri-series and Test series, but Soumya said that it is better to focus only on T20s and thought that the influx of new faces will help to do tha.
“If you think about the ODI series defeat in the T20s it will certainly have a negative impact. There are a few newcomers in the T20 side who are not thinking about such things and whoever will be able to forget and move forward will be able to perform,” Soumya said.