Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar is a big admirer of Indian southpaw Yuvraj Singh. On Saturday morning, Soumya made a request to senior teammate Shakib Al Hasan for “an autographed T-Shirt” from his idol.
The request was conveyed to Yuvraj Singh when he was leaving the breakfast area at the Le Meridien, unusually called Latest Recipes.
” Bula do Soumya ko,” Yuvraj told Shakib, giving some of his other fans (including educationist Purnima Kine and Ananya Sood, one of her students) the chance to take selfies.
” Arre, you played well gainst Pakistan… But don’t go after my bowling in the final tomorrow… T-shirt room se le lena,” Yuvraj said, as a delighted Soumya shook hands with the star all-rounder, who is in his 16th year of international cricket.
Sarkar was awarded the man of the match award for his match winning 48 against Pakistan, on Wednesday, an innings which helped Bangladesh to reach the Asia Cup final.
According to Shakib, Soumya stayed “almost on the India border and could just walk across.”
Soumya belongs to Satkhira district, bordering India.
On the other hand, Shakib Al Hasan wasn’t doing well due to thigh injury which makes him doubtful for the summit clash of the Asia Cup
Once Yuvraj and Shakib left, Soumya spoke The Telegraph-Kolkata: “Frankly, I like everything about Yuvraj, both as a cricketer and as a human being…
“In fact, I haven’t had another role model and I’d been disappointed when he was out of the India team for close to two years.”
Asked about final, Soumya commented: “It’s a big opportunity for Bangladesh, but I realise we’ll be under pressure. One can’t get away from it… we have to keep calm.”