Soumya Sarkar Bangladesh batsman
Soumya Sarkar (AFP Photo)

Bangladesh batsman Soumya Sarkar has become the first from his country to hit a List A double-hundred.

The 26-year-old Sarkar was battling slump in form before marking his return in style with back-to-back three-digit scores leading his domestic team Abahani Ltd to title victory in the Dhaka Premier League. He scored 106 against Rupganj and followed that with a record-breaking unbeaten 208* against Sheikh Jamal.

Abahani’s overseas recruit Wasim Jaffer played an important role in Sarkar regaining his touch ahead of the ICC World Cup.

After watching him, Jaffer held training sessions with Sarkar during which he sorted his technical and mental issues.

“For the last couple of matches I am looking at him closely from the sidelines. I noticed a few things about his batting and then I asked the coach if I can have a look at him before the Rupganj game,” Jaffer told Cricbuzz. “I worked out on some of his technical things but most importantly I tried to work out on the mental side of his batting. When you are not scoring runs, a lot of things go around your mind and it prevents you from taking a positive approach because you are not thinking in the right process all the time.”

He added, “The good thing is that whatever I told him he tried to implement in the middle and on a good batting track, he made the most out of it. I think these two centuries will do a world of good for him ahead of the World Cup.”

On his part Sarkar credited Jaffer for helping him saying all he tried was to follow the Indian batsman’s instructions.

“I have seen his (Jaffer) batting very closely. He is a very good and experienced player. He scored 40 thousand runs in his career. Since he scored such amount of runs, so he definitely has the quality, I have understood how he thinks in the field and outside the field. I also follow his way of batting. I talked with him about this, nothing more than that and just tried to follow his instructions,” he said.