Young hitter Shahadat Hossain Dipu was one of the two new faces in the Tigers team along with bowler Mushfik Hasan called up for the forthcoming one-off Test against Afghanistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium commencing on June 14. The match will take place on June 14.
During the just finished extended version series versus West Indies A, the right-handed hitter for Bangladesh A displayed his cool and composed demeanor by having a solid time with the bat.
On Monday, when Dipu reported for duty for the first time at the national camp being held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, the attention of the media was understandably directed toward the kid.
After receiving his first call-up to the Bangladesh side, the 21-year-old player, who was a member of the Bangladesh Under-19 World Cup winning squad in 2020, with current national team players such as Shoriful Islam and Shamim Hossain, decided to keep a level head and not get too excited about the opportunity.
I was competing with the varsity squad. I was concentrating on those matches since we had three of them. After then, I had no idea what was going to take place. When questioned about his reaction to the national call-up on Monday, Dipu stated, “Obviously, everyone congratulated me, and it feels good as it is everyone’s dream to play for the national team.” Dipu was responding to a question about how he felt about being selected for the national squad.
Dipu emphasized how critical it is to have a robust attitude in order to compete at the international level, and he gave his word that he is actively striving to develop this facet of his game.
“I will try my best to improve my skills on a daily basis and look for ways to become mentally stronger because that is my job,” The more I work to grow better in those areas, the more overall progress I will make. During the previous two seasons, I was a member of Prime Bank Cricket Club and I performed admirably for the team.
In the last two years, I have had the opportunity to play under the tutelage of Salahuddin (Mohammad Salahuddin), sir. During those times, I was able to play freely, which is one of the reasons why I was successful. “If I get the opportunity to play for the national team, I will do my best to replicate that,” he stated.
The 21-year-old player, who had to deal with the tragic loss of his father at a very young age, spoke about the role that his older brother played in helping him make it to the national squad.
“When my father passed away, I was still a very little child. I didn’t realize what had happened, but as time went on, I began to see how my older brother supported me in every facet of my life, and I adjusted my actions appropriately,” Dipu continued.