Towhid Hridoy, one of the key members of the 2020 Under-19 World Cup-winning side, has stated that he loves taking the challenge of facing 'tough' bowlers. The youngster notched up a gritty half-century under pressure in the opening match of the BCB President's Cup and was instrumental to Nazmul XI's win over the Mahmudullah XI.
The 19-year old has a mature head on his young shoulder, which was evident in that innings. He stitched a match-winning partnership with Irfan Sukkur and eventually was adjudged player of the match.
En route to his gutsy knock of 52, he faced the likes of Rubel Hossain, Ebadot Hossain and Aminul Islam Biplob. In his side's next encounter against the Tamim XI, the youngster will have to face Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin- two of the best white-ball fast bowlers in Bangladesh right now.
But Hridoy is not really worried about it, saying that playing against top bowlers will help his confidence grow.
"Wherever I play, I always like to face the best of bowlers. Because it gives me the confidence I need. The President's Cup is a great tournament, I would love to make a mark here," the youngster said.
A lot of cricketers in the ongoing tournament are playing or have played for Bangladesh. Playing a match-winning knock in such a tournament satisfied him: "It's a great feeling. We have returned to cricket after such a long time. I was slightly in doubt initially. But now I am trying to make the most of the opportunity. It was really satisfying to execute the plans I had."
Hridoy reckons that the match against the Tamim XI will be a tough one and they are looking to learn from their mistakes. "All of the matches here will pose challenges. The Tamim XI is a tough team. They have bowlers like Mustafiz Bhai (Mustafizur Rahman). But we are focusing on our games and will try to rectify the mistakes we made in the previous match," mentioned Towhid Hridoy.
The right-handed batsman feels that they are a very strong fielding side. Besides, the presence of Mushfiqur Rahim in the batting line-up gives them an upper hand. "The best thing about us is that we are a terrific fielding side. Everyone is very agile and always try to save as many runs as possible," he said.
"We have in our side Mushfiq Bhai (Mushfiqur Rahim), the most experienced and dependable batsman in Bangladesh. He is a big player, so he'll come good in big matches. His presence gives us a lot of confidence," Hridoy added.