Soumya Sarkar has seen more downs than ups in her career of 9 years. Arriving as a promising attacking batsman in 2014-2015, the gap between Soumya Sarkar’s promise and delivery has only widened as time has passed.
However, in the second ODI of Bangladesh against New Zealand in Nelson today, Soumya has spread light with the bat. Played an extraordinary innings of 169 runs. However, Bangladesh did not win. Bangladesh ended up scoring 291 on a pitch that was good enough for batting, with the exception of Soumya unable to score runs, New Zealand passing that run effortlessly – with 7 wickets in hand.
At the press conference after the match, Soumya talked about her struggle to survive in a career surrounded by sprinkles of success amid constant failures. He said, it is not unusual for cricketers. Because, in Soumya’s eyes, cricketers have more occasions to cry than to laugh.
Perhaps because she showed so much promise in the beginning, Soumya has been synonymous with disappointment in Bangladesh cricket for a long time. On the one hand, Soumya’s age has increased, the gap between her expectations and her achievements has increased by leaps and bounds. And criticism has increased accordingly. Soumya also became the subject of trolls on social media.
This time, he had to struggle to find the right reason behind calling him to the New Zealand series team. That responsibility is not Soumya’s. Despite not doing anything extraordinary in domestic cricket, Soumya was chosen by Bangladesh team’s think tank for the need of ‘team combination’. After that, when Soumya failed badly in the first match, there was a lot of laughter.
Today, Soumya stopped them for a while with a century. Then came to the press conference and said the equation of laughter and tears, ‘(A cricketer) will not play well every day. A man does not expect good food every day, a cricketer does not expect to do well every day – neither. We cricketers cry more than we laugh.’
Soumya’s voice explained why he said that, ‘…because whenever I play, if I play a whole series, maybe I do one or two matches well, the rest goes badly. But if we fall for it, we will back ourselves. So what is positive, positive things are thought more. How to do better in the future., is thought that way. In the meantime, try to go into the match as perfect as possible.’
Soumya is successful in trying today. But at the end of the day, his dissatisfaction with the team not winning, ‘It would have been better if I had won the match. Even if you like it individually, you don’t like it at the end of the day. Because it is a team game, there would be good memories if the team wins.’