From uncertain beginnings to leading the team, how Nazmul Hussain Shanto’s career changed

Nazmul Hussain Shanto‘s life has become a meme of “then and now”. Every time he does something meaningful in 2023, it is compared to last year when he really struggled. This year has seen a complete change in his career with BCB. He was appointed captain for the third ODI Against New Zealand.

Last year on 25th SeptemberShanto was not selected for the first T20 match against UAE. Bangladesh were in Dubai for a two-match series in preparation for the T20 World Cup. Shanto missed both matches, and was an uncertain starter for the World Cup. His struggles at various times last year became the subject of ridicule on social-media.

In the space of exactly 12 months, Shanto has completely transformed his international career. He established himself in the T20 team with a good performance in the World Cup in Australia and followed it up with a stellar performance in BPL 2023. This year he has finally made a place in ODIs, while also cementing his place in Tests. Now, with both shakib al hassan And Liton Das Shanto, who is resting ahead of the trip to India for the ODI World Cup,’s uptick in form and involvement in the field means he has been asked to lead the side.

Shanto said, “It is a matter of great pride for me as a cricketer.” “My family is also proud. I am enjoying this opportunity given to me by the cricket board. My journey so far has been good. I still have a long way to go. I am enjoying every moment, whether Be it good or bad. If I get more opportunities to lead the team in the future, I will try to give my best. It is every cricketer’s dream to lead his country.”

“After getting a good start we have to focus on building big partnerships. We are working on setting batsmen to make sure they make it big.”

“I think it’s a happy occasion,” he said. “I want to make sure that the team does well in this series with an eye on the World Cup. I believe the team is in a good position. I don’t know what happened in 2008 (the last time New Zealand won an ODI series) Thi) Bangladesh) But I also think we don’t need to think about it. The main thing is to perform well tomorrow.”

Bangladesh’s inconsistency with the bat in their last ten ODI innings has been a headache. Shanto has bailed him out many times, but believes that building a partnership will help the team overcome this problem.

“It is challenging for the top order to bat in these (hot) weather conditions,” he said. “We had a good start in the second ODI. We were 54 for one (after 10 overs). So after getting a good start, we have to focus on building big partnerships. We are working on setting batsmen so that To make sure they make it big.

“(Back-to-back wickets) can happen for many reasons. It is always difficult for new batsmen. The important thing is that the set batsmen stay for a long time. They have to stay on the wicket. They have to get a big innings. Have to play.” ,

Bangladesh will leave for India on September 27, the day after the third ODI against New Zealand. Their practice matches are on September 29 and October 2, so the busy schedule means they need to be as confident as possible heading into the World Cup. Shanto said it is not only about playing in similar conditions in Dhaka so that they do not get too many surprises in India, but it is also about beating New Zealand so that they can complete their preparation part well.

“We want to finish this series on a good note. We don’t know what kind of wickets we will get in India. I think the wickets will be very good. We need to remember that there are some wickets in India where there are big wickets. No scores are scored.” Always possible. We will play tomorrow’s match according to the conditions, and if we perform well, our preparation will be good.”

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