Bangladesh batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto said playing with a relaxed mindset was the key to his pre-wedding hundred, who scored against Sri Lanka, in Pallekele, on Wednesday (April 21).
Najmul, considered one of the most promising talents in the country, was accelerated to the national setup and supported. Although it performed well at the domestic level, it could not translate that form at the international level. On Wednesday, a brilliant 126 unbeaten off 288 balls, his first ton in international cricket, helped his side end the day at 302 for 2.
His place in the line-up had been scrutinized again recently after the home series against the West Indies, where he scored just 40 runs in four flyovers of the two-game Test series.
“I have nothing to prove to anyone, ” Najmul told reporters after the game.” I just wanted to enjoy the game and took no pressure from scoring runs. The wicket was very good for batting on and I’m happy I just got on with my batting.
“The main difference (between my previous innings and this one) was that I was really relaxed this time, because I didn’t care much about how many balls I play, because I I just saw the balls, and played on its merits, ” he said.
He added 144 runs with Tamim Iqbal for the second wicket before forging a continuous stand of 150 runs with skipper Mominul Haque to help his side control the first Test.
“I had worked hard for this, and I had the confidence that I would do better, and it feels good that I can achieve,” he said.
Najmul added that Bangladeshi is eyeing to play for as long as possible on day two to post a commendable total on the board, but added that for that to happen, they will need to focus on the opening session.
“We need to bat the first day of the second day according to our plans first, and then hopefully the wicket condition is still good. Let’s see what happens,” he concluded