After clinching the ODI series against hosts South Africa, Bangladesh emerging women's cricket team came back home. Bangladesh sealed the three-match unofficial ODI series 2-1 beating South African emerging women's cricket team. Bangladesh women's wicketkeeper batsman Nigar Sultana, who led the team from the front, talked to bdnews24.com.
The national women's team lost all matches on their last tour to South Africa. Was the tour more challenging than the last one for emerging team to play in South Africa?
Nigar: If you look at the improvement graph, you will understand that we played better than the last tour. They played with the strength similar to us. In our squad, we had four or five members of the national women's team. On the other hand, they had also four or five national cricketers in their squad. Our first aim was to do the things we couldn't do on the last South Africa tour. We have the World Cup qualifiers in front, there was another goal here.
The qualifiers will be held in Scotland, and the conditions of Scotland and South Africa almost same. Our aim was to remain positive about this series. We don't play ODI much. Our target was to bat long and play 50 overs, so that we can score 200-250. We also wanted our top order get runs.
Some cricketers outside the national team have grabbed the attention. How do you see their performance?
Nigar: For the first time, players of 'A' team have got an opportunity to show their talents in the international arena. I think some of the newcomers are in the pipeline to enter the national team. They have ability to feature as national team members.
Bangladesh women's cricket team first ever played in a super over. What was the experience?
Nigar: The super over match was actually quite different. I have never played in a super over, so I do not know what to do, or my bowler will not understand where to ball. I will learn as much as I can face this kind of situation.
You have already become a key member of the national team. You led the country first time as a women's team captain. What was your experience?
Nigar: Earlier, I captained in premier league and national league. But this time, my feeling was quite different. In the club cricket, there is not much pressure like that. When you play for the national team, it's a different thing. I enjoyed the captaincy because I've been playing with my teammates for a long time. So I had no problem.
Did you feel any challenge to play better after getting the captaincy?
Nigar: If the skipper leads the team from the front, then the players get an inspiration. Maybe I couldn't do better in the first ODI. You may not know, I got hurt while playing in the second match and I had to stay in the hospital for a while. After the fall of two wickets, I came back to the field again. At the time, I couldn't run. The situation was so tough that I had to bat. The equation was so difficult. - AA News Desk
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