Wanted to spend time in crease as long as: Joy
Published: 06:46 PM, 3 January 2022 Updated: 06:47 PM, 3 January 2022
Bangladesh young opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy
Bangladesh young opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy today said their batting success lied in trying to play the ball according to its merit, not the bowlers.
Bangladesh ended Day-3 on 401-6, leading New Zealand by 73 runs. Against a bowling attack that included Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner-arguably the best bowling attack currently in the world, it was a performance to savour.
At the same time, there was curiosity what made Bangladesh batters so successful against those bowlers, that too on New Zealand soil when world best batters found this condition extremely tougher. "We tried to play the balls according to its merit, not the bowlers. We know, they are world champions in Test cricket but we have the confidence on us," Joy said.
Joy who scored 78 in his just second Test and first outside of the country said that their plan was to spend time in the crease as long as it is possible. He further said he in fact was reminded by all three of his batting partners that time spent at the crease would bring him runs.
"I planned to play as many balls as possible. I didn't want to focus on runs. I knew that I could score runs when I am set at the crease," he said.
"I had a good partnership with Shadman Islam and then another good partnership followed with Najmul Hossain Shanto. He also told me to be in control when I tried to become too aggressive. Mominul bhai told me that playing a lot of dot balls was not a problem."