Dhaka, Bangladesh
I'm trying to improve, says Sabbir

I'm trying to improve, says Sabbir

Sabbir Rahman has been in the news for all wrong reasons in recent times. Having been slapped with a six-month ban which comes with a rider that there will be sterner punishment in store if the offence is repeated, Rahman will constantly be under watch. Amid this, he needs to score heavily in the domestic competitions starting next month. The 26-year-old maverick opens up in this honest chat, reports Cricbuzz. Excerpts: What is Sabbir Rahman up to in this six-month obscurity? I am leading a normal life like the way I used to lead earlier. I am regularly doing my practice and working on different areas. I am doing my gym regularly while at present emphasizing on my running session a bit more as that is a key area that can develop my endurance. As I am told that I can't use anything owned by the BCB, that's why I can't practice in Mirpur. I am doing my batting and bowling at a field in Mohammadpur while going to a gym in the same area. I go to the Residential School [in Mohammadpur] for running sessions and playing football. I have kept practicing the way I practice usually. But you are eligible to take part in the domestic competitions. Have you set any goals for yourself? The National [Cricket] League, our first-class tournament, will probably start on the 4th of next month [October] and at present I am preparing for it. You can't predict how many runs you'll score. That depends on luck. I will get the results according to the amount of hard work I have been doing. I can't guarantee anything, but I will try to prepare well mentally and bat and bowl well. I will try to score runs. I have failed to achieve my goals at times in the past. But, this time, I want to prove myself in the league. And have you fixed any specific number to these goals? I am not used to set specific goals. I have tried it before, like "I will make this much runs in the Premier League or in the National League, or in a specific series," but I never succeeded in that. I feel like I am taking extra pressure in that way. Normally, I just play match-by-match. I will keep doing that. I had scored well in a four-day match for the Bangladesh A team last time [against Sri Lanka]. I'll take confidence from that. Slowly, I have started to understand these things. I am trying to prepare myself accordingly. Don't you think you need to have a check on your temper as that has got you into all these troubles? Getting angry isn't really the matter here. Everyone has anger. Probably I speak my mind instead of keeping it to myself. Many people don't like it. People may think it's my ego or I am too proud. But I am not that type of a person like the way I am projected that suggests that I am an arrogant guy. Anger is definitely not a good trait. But sometimes I can't help getting angry. I am trying to improve myself and working on anger management [if that is what you want to know] so that I can talk politely even if someone verbally abuses me. I'm learning certain things. Do you hold anything against anyone for the same? No. Regardless of my background, I have never harmed anyone. I have left everything in the hands of God. But honestly speaking, I do regret for failing to do certain things that landed me into all these troubles and I am focusing not to repeat those mistakes in the coming days. For all the talent you have, do you think you have not been able to live up to those expectations? I have played around 50 matches in the last four years. But I had no fixed batting position. I have scored more at number three. If a player gets to bat early and keeps batting till the end, he'll definitely score more. I may have missed a few fifties or centuries while attempting to fulfill the team's demand as I've always played for the team. Everyone plays for the team. In the last two series, I have faced the last few balls. And you can't expect a player to score 40-50 runs in the last 20 balls or so. There were many innings when I am the one to blame for my dismissal as I gave away my wicket very easily. I am analyzing those things, where I went wrong and trying to work on those areas. I will try to score more runs for the team and for myself once I get the opportunity and I am confident that I will be able to make it. One such example is your missed opportunity during the second ODI in the West Indies... Yes, that was a vital opportunity. Every match is an opportunity for me. Nobody wants to get out. But I lost my wicket unfortunately. I couldn't exploit that opportunity. It won't be my day every time. You clearly prefer to bat in the top order but the think-tank wants you to fulfill the No. 7 batsman's role. How do you slip into that role? Doing the finishing job isn't of much pressure for me [in the shorter format] as I like to smash the ball. I can play freely that way. Playing attacking cricket is my strength, irrespective of the format. Wherever the team management wanted me to bat, I have always tried to give my hundred percent. Also, do you feel that your all-round skills have been compromised in your bid to become a better batsman? I started as a bowler. Batting was my second option, but I later became a batsman. We've so many bowlers in the team that I don't have to bowl really. Yet, I always try to be prepared to bowl. I used to bowl in the nets during practice. I have improved my bowling. I had bowled ten full overs during the practice match in the West Indies. How do you keep yourself motivated in such difficult times? My parents and my family support me in this situation. They keep inspiring me.

Share |