Exaggeration becomes because good times are going on. An innings of 169 runs does not erase the bad times of the last four years. However, Nelson’s innings today will allow Soumya Sarkar to rest at least for a few days. A brilliant innings of 169 runs against New Zealand in the second ODI of the series will allow Soumya to take the pressure off after a long time to take the field for a little national team.
Although the opener of the national team said in the press conference today, he doesn’t think much about the criticism about him or the discussion about the process of entering the team, ‘thinking about it might have put pressure on himself or negative thoughts on himself. I just believed in my game. I trusted my own process.’
In 2015, Soumya gave some great moments to the fans of Bangladesh. But after that, he could not keep his place in the national team. In 2018, Bangladesh’s openers scored a century as part of a run festival against a weak Zimbabwe. After that, Somya forgot to get runs in this format.
There have been instances of exclusion from domestic cricket teams. Dhaka could not even score 200 runs in the first ten matches of the Premier League before getting a century in the last match which became unimportant. Despite such a performance, Soumya was called up for the pre-World Cup series against New Zealand.
But on the return he was dismissed for zero runs. New Zealand tour again after the World Cup. This time too Soumya’s presence in the team raised questions. In this context yesterday, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe introduced Soumya as an all-rounder. Because Soumya got out for zero runs in the first match in New Zealand.
But the coach sees Soumya as a complete batsman. And likes him for aggression. Even in the face of criticism why the coach has so much faith in him, how did he get such an innings from him – Soumya said, ‘Maybe he understands me well, said such a small thing for which it clicked. So, how we see matters. When a man walks by, you see a lot of negativity in him. If you only see the negative, you will only see the negative. If you think positively, you may get positive. He may think of positive things.’
That’s why Soumya thanked the coach as well as the family separately in response to the question of whom she wants to thank for today’s performance, ‘I will thank my family, wife. They have always supported. There are teammates. Whenever I got a chance to bat or practice with Hathurusingha since coming here, he has given me a lot of support. Trying to pass on the little things.’