Our hard work paid off: Sabbir
16 August 2015, Nirapad News: Until last August, the Bangladesh cricket team were in a dreadful shape. They had suffered some morale-shattering defeats and a few close losses. The Tigers however, turned things around in remarkable fashion and reached a new height that they had never achieved before.
One by one, the Tigers disposed off Zimbabwe, Pakistan, India and South Africa and in between, they also qualified for the quarter-final of a World Cup for the very first time in history. During this time, the Tigers also improved their performance in the longer-version.
Besides savouring success with a fearless brand of cricket, Bangladesh were also able to unearth some young talents which drastically changed the dynamism of the side. Chief among them is Sabbir Rahman.
The 23-year old right-hander has featured in 28 appearances – 20 ODIs and eight Twenty20 internationals – for Bangladesh and is now considered as one of the country’s best limited-over specialists. Coming in at No 7, Sabbir’s slogging style of play is currently a highlight of the Bangladesh batting-order.
The Rajshahi lad has shown a lot of potential with the willow but his batting position denies him to play a big innings. In his 20 ODIs, Sabbir has managed to bag only one half-century at an average of 32.58. He is however, not upset about that.
While talking to Dhaka Tribune yesterday, Sabbir informed that the team’s requirement is more important than personal achievements.
“It is true that I have missed many opportunities. There have been many occasions when I got out after making 40s but you see, most of the time I was out trying to play according to the merit of the situation. I am not unhappy about it to be honest. I score one or 99, I will only be happy if it is good enough for the team,” said Sabbir.
Sabbir stated that he always dreamed of representing the national side and doing well but he never believed success would come so early in his career.
“I never thought I would get to see the team bag so much triumphs in such a short time. I was lucky the team was performing when I got the call. That allowed me to be confident and play my way. If everything is on track, I believe more successes will follow, given the rhythm the team are in right now,” said Sabbir before adding, “Playing in the World Cup and representing my country has been my biggest achievement so far. And it got better as we qualified for the quarter-final. As a team, we had dreamed of qualifying and our hard work paid off.”
Sabbir is a handy leg-spinner. He bagged six wickets conceding only 43 runs in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2014-15 season. However, it is his electric fielding displays that is talked about the most among his followers, besides his batting.
“I used to spend a lot of time in the field back home and was always doing something or the other. Most of the time the seniors used to make me do fielding during a game of cricket. I think my experience has allowed me to become a good fielder and on top of that, I think I do well in this department because I enjoy fielding a lot,” he said.