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Was learning constantly from Shakib bhai: Hridoy

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Last updated on 19 Mar 2023 | 09:20 AM
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Was learning constantly from Shakib bhai: Hridoy

Hridoy begins his international career with a bang, helps Bangladesh begin the series with a win

Towhid Hridoy began his journey in international cricket from where he left in the Bangladesh Premier Leagues (BPL). The 22 year old had a breakthrough BPL '23, scoring 403 runs at an impressive strike rate of 140, paving his way for a Bangladesh call-up.

It was stuff of dreams, as he got to build long partnerships with both his idols, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim

"I didn't try to bat to get settled at the crease. I tried to play each ball to its merit. It was a great feeling batting with Shakib bhai. He is such an experienced batter. I was learning constantly from him. I really enjoyed it. He was giving me advice at times," Hridoy said this at the post-match presentation.

"When I thought I needed to something, I asked him. He was encouraging me, telling to bat as deep as possible. While giving the cap, Mushfiq bhai was telling me that you have a good future and support Bangladesh and it was very inspiring," he said.

His innings of 92 (85) included eight 4s and two 6s, and also became the highest scorer from Bangladesh on ODI debut. Being aggressive from the start has become a trademark of his playing style. It didn't come to him naturally, though. A stint with the high performance (HP) camp and working on his mental strength helped him change this. 

"My aggressive intent and fearless batting started after playing badly in the 2022 BPL. I thought I should change myself since that tournament. I tried everything including changing my mentality as much as possible. It was a bad season for me," Hridoy added in the post-match press conference. 

"I tried to get as far away from it. I was in the HP camp and played domestic cricket in the last 12 months. I spoke to [Khaled Mahmud] Sujon sir regularly. He knew me from my childhood. Shohel Islam Sir was always there for me. I have spent the most time talking to him," he said.

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