If the century against Zimbabwe in the warm-up clash was a teaser, Soumya Sarkar demonstrated what he is really capable of with a dominating ton in the third and final ODI that helped Bangladesh whitewash Zimbabwe 3-0 on Friday (October 26). His 92-ball 117 helped the hosts canter to the target of 287 in 42.1 overs with ease completely rattling the visitors in front of a packed crowd, reports Cricbuzz.
The prolonged poor run with the bat forced him to focus on his bowling as they think-tank looked to settle him in the squad at No. 7 by giving him the role of the finisher.
“I am always keeping my bags packed. Tomorrow I will be heading for Barisal to take part in then NCL,” he said in jest when asked how he prepares for the challenges after being called up midway through a series. “The only time I felt bad was when I was returning after playing the practice game against Zimbabwe as I felt if I could play the three-match series I could have scored a lot more.
“When they called me to join the team I was telling myself ‘ok an opportunity arrive let’s see how it can be utilised’. I just wanted to play without any pressure and enjoy my game. My thought process was like ‘okay if I do badly the worst that can happen is that one more failure will be added in my list’.”
Sarkar also acknowledged the negativity on the social media platforms impacted his mindset as he sought ways to get out of his poor form. “Probably I was influenced by all the talking going around me,” he said. “Facebook played a big impact because there was a lot of negativity and I literally got carried away by them and it got stuck deep into my head.
“There were headlines that suggested everything I am doing is a mistake and I found out people are neither interested in writing anything positive nor they have the ability to do that.
Later I stopped using Facebook and even decided to be an introvert, trying only to focus on good things and even decided to lessen down my practice because when you are going through a lean phase nothing
will go right.”