Shamim braces for T20 World Cup challenge

Staff Reporter 2021-09-21, 12:03am Cricket


DHAKA -Bangladesh's young batsman Shamim Patwari
braced for the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup challenge, stating that he is
ready to live up to the expectation by demonstrating good batting in the
cricket's biggest stage.

   Shamim made a smooth transition to cement his place in the senior side
just after he became the part of the Under-19 World Cup winning squad last
year. He drew the attention for his free-flowing batting lower down the
order, something which the Bangladesh team management was searching in this
shortest format of cricket. In addition, his electrifying fielding was
helpful for the team to save some valuable runs.

   "It's [the World Cup] a big stage and here there will be many world class
players. So I think it will be a big challenge for me to thrive there,"
Shamim Patwari said while talking to the reporters here today. "I was the
part of the Under-19 World Cup winning squad. Here it is the main World Cup.
I am hopeful to bring a good result."

   Shamim was drafted in the side for the first time during Bangladesh's T20I
series in Zimbabwe. His exploits in the Dhaka Premier League T20 tournament
was key in including him in the team. Bangladesh won the T20I series away to
Zimbabwe 2-1 before their first ever T20 series win against Australia and New
Zealand at home.

   After being included into the side, Shamim Patwari is yet to taste any
series defeat for which he felt himself lucky.

   "I consider myself very lucky that after I came in, we won three series.
So, we are very hopeful of doing well in the World Cup," he said.

   Shamim played just one game in the five-match New Zealand series where
batsmen faced difficulties to score runs due to the slower nature of the
wicket. The youngster said that the team's seniors will be in better shape
batting wise during the World Cup.

   "Wicket can do you a lot of favours. As you have seen, the wicket here was
different and we couldn't score fluently. But normally World Cup wickets are
good. Given the senior players we have, I am quite hopeful they will do very
well. Our main batsmen were not successful here and I think they will do well
there," he opined.

   He further said that he got the support from the team's senior players
including the T20 captain Mahmudullah Riyad.

   "I came from Under-19 team. There are definitely some difference in
playing in Under-19 team and national team. But the senior players helped me a lot. The captain always backed me," he said.BSS