Sabbir Rahman had a lean phase for a long time in the longest format of the game. He was unable to deliver his best and also failed to perform in the first test against Australia. That brought him under pressure but he, at last, emerged brightest in the second test of the ongoing series.
At the time when Nathan Lyon ripped apart Bangladesh batting lineup, it was Sabbir and Mushfiqur who scored a partnership of 122 to take the team to a fighting total. Sabbir Rahman played out a sensible knock of 66 runs. He stated that the staying on the crease and playing according to cricket book was important.
“You need to follow the basics if you want to score runs so it was intentional to play as straight as possible. I am not very good at judging wicket and in a sense I am fine with that because you are not troubled by the thought of how will it behave. I knew that staying at the wicket was important and just made sure the bowlers don’t dominate me by being over defensive,” quoted Sabbir Rahman as per the quotes in Cricbuzz.
He was stumped at 66 and admitted that his loss in balance was the major issue for the fall of his wicket.
“I couldn’t keep my balance. We would have been in a better position had I remained unbeaten. Honestly, I couldn’t adjust to the wicket too well. I tried to play my game. I am happy to make a contribution for the team. I had the right mindset when I went out to bat. I don’t have much experience but I train a lot. It is important to play in your own way in these wickets. I might have got out earlier if I tried to survive in this wicket,” said Rahman.
He was happy to contribute to his team and said that he can easily become the Virat Kohli of his team if he gets a chance and is consistent enough.
“I can become a batsman like Virat Kohli, everything is possible. I can’t be compared to him; it is more important to score runs for the team,” he added.
Lyon on the other hand also praised Sabbir’s innings and compared him to Kohli. He quoted that Rahman did get lucky on a few occasions but that does not take anything away from the fact that he played some really good cricket on the day.
“He’s a good player. He reminds me of Virat Kohli. He’s probably a pretty good role model to have in the subcontinent. But that’s only on his person out there and the way he walks around the crease and the shots he’s played here. We find he doesn’t really want to defend, he wants to taker the game on and that’s brave cricket,” said Lyon.