Bangladesh youngster Mosaddek Hossain says it was the words of coach Chandika Hathurusingha that helped him to do well under pressure on his debut against Afghanistan. When the 20-year-old allrounder walked in the second match of the series, Bangladesh was reeling on 138-5.

But Mosaddek showed temperament beyond his years and carried his team past 200 with an unbeaten run-a-ball 45 on a slow wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur. “The coach told me before the debut match – ‘It’s your first match, don’t worry about your performance. Just play your natural game and enjoy the game. Try playing the way you played for Abahani,” Mosaddek revealed to reporters on Monday.

Mosaddek later showcased his skills with the ball by becoming the first Bangladesh bowler to grab a wicket with his first ball on ODI debut. He returned 2-30 from 10 overs. He took a wicket in his second ball in the series decider on Saturday, though he got out prematurely for just 4. In both matches, Mosaddek batted at seven.

He had handed his club Abahani several victories in the last Dhaka Premier League batting down the order – which ultimately earned him a place in the Tigers’ ODI squad. The presence of Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan in the power-packed middle order pushes him down several spots.

Having been able to carry his confidence from domestic cricket into the national team, Mosaddek is delighted that he has got a good start. The buoyant youngster believes the start has also done a world of good to his confidence and geared him up for international cricket.

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