IRELAND TOUR OF BANGLADESH, 2023
Hridoy has no regrets after missing ton on ODI debut
by Atif Azam • Published on Sat, Mar 18, 2023
Bangladesh young batsman Towhid Hridoy said on Saturday that he does not have any regrets after missing a hundred on his ODI debut against Ireland in the three-match series opener at Sylhet.
The young right hander played a masterful knock on his debut to rewrite history as he became the country’s highest scorer as a debutant and he had an opportunity to make it big and score a hundred before falling for 92. “I don’t have regret (missing the hundred) and I could have got out in the first ball. I am always grateful to Allah for whatever I have done. Hopefully I will do it next time,” Hridoy told reporters after the game.
Hridoy, who passed Nasir Hossain’s 63 runs against Zimbabwe to became the highest scorer on ODI debut, made 92 off 85 balls that included eight fours and two sixes. His knock was instrumental in Bangladesh posting their highest ODI total on the board on the back of Shakib Al Hasan’s 93 as the duo added 135 off just 125 balls after they were reduced to 81-3.
“I always wanted to bat with the proper intent and I never felt like I need to get set and things like that. I wanted to play according to the merit of the ball. Batting with Shakib bhai is always helpful as he is an experienced batsman and was learning a lot while batting with him in the middle,” said Hridoy. “We had talks while he gave me space and he was saying take the game deep.”
Hridoy added that he was inspired by his childhood idol Mushfiqur Rahim after the veteran presented him with his cap. “Mushfiq bhai was telling me that you have a good future and support Bangladesh (while giving the cap) and it was very inspiring,” he said about Mushfiqur with whom he added 80 runs for the fifth wicket.
“When I was small in 2007, Mushfiqur bhai got a stump after beating India and one day I went to the stadium and when I saw the stump in a program of Mushfiqur bhai it really inspired me,” he said.
Hridoy, who earlier spoke about his long journey, said that his mother will be the happiest person considering she always backed him to pursue his dream of playing cricket. “At one point I wanted to quit cricket but later Sujon (Khaled Mahmud) Sir helped me from the young age,” said Hridoy. “Today my mother will be the happiest person