Listening to Shariful Islam’s words will remind you of childhood cricket. The way one or two ‘little ones’ grew up in a group of older brothers. In the beginning, the younger brothers are the ‘Twelve Man’ in the group of big brothers.
When adults talk about matches, children listen to the interests of the state. He put himself in those words with imaginary eyes. Sitting outside the field, he seems to be playing himself! Thus one day in that small field the team became regular. This is also the tradition in the national teams লে when someone new comes, he is formed.
Shariful is spending so much time now. Despite playing three T20s for the country, he did not wait to play ODIs and Tests. The left-arm pacer has already had the experience of being with the national team against the West Indies and New Zealand.
He played T20 against New Zealand. Shariful is in the mood for a Test in the current tour of Sri Lanka. He is learning knowledge by watching the seniors of the team hand-in-hand. He was in the team of 15 in the first Test which was drawn. Shariful, as the ‘fourteenth member’ of the team, watched from the field how to play Tests. Many people do not have the experience of watching Test matches from so close!
In a video message from the BCB, the under-19 World Cup winning pacer said that. The selectors have picked him as the ‘future’ from the youth team. That is why Shariful is using this time of growing up in this way. He described his experience of watching the first Test in Sri Lanka off the field, saying, ‘I was a fourteenth man for the first time, and I have never seen Test cricket so close. It was a little exciting for me. The Test game is actually a fun game. The pace of the game changes with each session. The same message is sent. So I was very excited. Didn’t feel like I was out of the match. I think I’m in the match. ‘
The second Test of the series will be played on Thursday in Pallekele. Only time will tell whether Shariful will get a chance in the XI in this match. For now, he is learning by watching the seniors. Shariful tried to understand Test cricket by watching the bowling of three fast bowlers Taskin Ahmed, Abu Zayed and Ibadat Hossain in the scorching heat of the first Test in Pallekele.
Despite the opportunity, Shariful also wants to give his 100 per cent, no matter what the opposite condition is, ‘Taskin Bhai has spelled a lot, he has done a lot of overs. Taskin Bhai and Ibadat Bhai bowled very loudly. It’s great to see that you have played the ball at the same speed from start to finish in such heat. The Test game is such that you have to give your 100 percent. They have tried to give 100%. If I ever get a chance, I will try my best. ‘
Shariful is welding himself by bowling the star batsmen of Bangladesh team in the net. They also have to face in domestic tournaments. Shariful likes the batting of Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal among the batsmen of the national team. I haven’t been able to get him out yet. I want to take his wicket in any game. Mushfiqur Bhai and Tamim Bhai like batting. I used to watch them play. Now I am playing with them, playing ball, a good fight is going on inside the net. ‘
Test play is harder for Shariful than the other two versions. He understood the matter more openly in the difficult conditions of Pallekele. Talking to his teammates even when he was not on the field, he understood that if you want to do well in this edition, you have to overcome all obstacles and come up. In the weather that was played, there was a lot of sunshine. Feeding the pacers a little at a time, talking to them, learning something from them — all seemed like fun, but also hard. It’s actually part of the game. We have to do something good to win it. “