Mosaddek Hossain became the first Bangladeshi to pick a wicket off his first ball in international game    Getty Images
Mosaddek Hossain became the first Bangladeshi to pick a wicket off his first ball in international game Getty Images

Bangladesh youngster Mosaddek Hossain has said the advice by coach Chandika Hathurusingha helped him perform well under pressure on his One-Day International (ODI) debut against Afghanistan recently. When the 20-year-old all-rounder walked in to bat in the second match of the series on September 28, Bangladesh were reeling at 138 for 5 while batting first. But Mosaddek showed temperament beyond his years and carried his team past 200 with an unbeaten run-a-ball 45 on a slow wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Afghanistan won the match by two wickets, chasing down a target of 209 runs with two balls left, to square the three-match series 1-1 but lost the series decider. Full Cricket Scorecard, Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, 3rd ODI, Mirpur

Talking about his first appearance in ODIs, he said, “The coach told me before the debut match — ‘It’s your first match, don’t worry about your performance. Just play your natural game and enjoy the game. I tried to do exactly that,” he added.

Mosaddek later showcased his skills with the ball by becoming the first Bangladesh bowler to grab a wicket with his first ball on ODI debut. He returned with figures of 2 for 30 from 10 overs. He took a wicket in the series decider on Saturday, which Bangladesh won by 141 runs though he prematurely got out for just 4.

In both the matches, Mosaddek batted at No. 7 position. He had handed his club Abahani several victories in the last Dhaka Premier League batting down the order — which ultimately earned him a place in the ODI squad. The right-hander said that when he did well in the domestic league, he had predicted he might have to bat lower down the order if he played for the national team. ALSO READ: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan 3rd ODI: Hosts 100th ODI win and other statistical highlights

Also, the presence of Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan in the middle order pushed him down several spots. But he has no qualms about his current position. He added, “I was mentally prepared that I would have to bat in the lower order. The team comes first to me. I will bat wherever the team wants me to.” Having been able to carry his confidence from domestic cricket into the national team, Mosaddek is delighted that he has got a good start.

The buoyant youngster now believes the promising start has boosted his confidence and geared him up for international cricket.