Published:  12:57 AM, 14 September 2017

Its time to prove our credentials

Bangladesh top-order batting duo Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes said on Wednesday that they are aware that their time is running out and need to prove their credentials. Both of them failed in the just concluded two-match Test series against Australia and can call them lucky to retain their spot in the 15-member Test squad for the series against South Africa.

The urgency of returning back to form reached such a height that when most of their team mates are having some leisure time at home before the South Africa tour, they were practicing at the indoor. Bangladesh team will fly to South Africa in two groups respectively on September 16 and 17, for the two-match Test series scheduled to start from September28.  

Imrul looked out of sort in the Test series against Australia and it seems thing are not working out for him in his new role at number three.  Though he was reluctant to speak about his difficulties in this new position despite admitting it earlier, he was honest enough to admit it is high time to make some runs.

The left-handed batsman said that he knows a prolong bad patch will not help him and he needs to turn around the table in the South Africa tour. 'For me every series is challenging and more so because I could do well in the just concluded series against Australia,' Imrul told reporters.

'As the wicket will be bouncy they will try to bowl back of a length and due to that I am trying to prepare me accordingly,' he said. 'I am working in the indoor during this break to take the best possible preparation,' he added. Imrul added that he is lucky to have the backing of the coach but on the same note he pointed out it won't be the case if he is carrying a bad patch.

'The coach told me not to get bogged down for not scoring runs in one series as I have performed consistently in all formats in the past,' he said. 'Over all I am bit unlucky as I could carry on the rhythm after the injury in the tour of New Zealand and now need to come out of it by making the necessary adjustment,' he added who had began his Test career in South Africa nine years back. While Imrul is looking to get his rhythm back, Soumya is trying to analyze where he is making mistake as he feels that despite getting at the middle of the bat he is missing out for committing a mistake or two. I don't visit social media during such time,' Soumya replied when his attention was drawn to it.

'You cannot stop the mouth of others as they entitled to have their own mind. I can only stop them by making runs and that is something that I am looking forward to achieve,' he added. 'I know the series will be difficult and it will even more pleasing if I can do well over there,' he said. 'Basically I wanted to bat [in the last series] the way I did in Sri Lanka as the wicket and condition was quite similar,' he said.

'I was hitting the ball quite nicely but somehow lost the rhythm by making a mistake and now working to find out what prompted me to commit the mistake,' he added. It is true the wicket and condition will be different and I am looking to make the adjustment to be successful in those conditions,' he added.

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