Bangladesh opening batsman Shahriar Nafees revealed he always cherished the memory of 10 boundaries; he struck against legendary batsman Shane Warne when he smashed a magnificent 138 off 189 balls in Fatullah Test, as his innings included 19 fours.
“I scored 10 boundaries against Shane Warne. I played some well-struck sweep shots against him. I think such batting against [him] is the memory I will cherish forever,” Nafees was quoted as saying by Dhaka Tribune.
Nafees termed his hundred against the then No. 1 Test ranked Australia as ‘best’ while it has been an inspiration for him throughout his cricketing career following to the patient knock after revealing about the special knock in his elite-level cricket.
“I believe that was my best innings so far, compared to every innings I have played in my career. Australia were the No 1 team at that time. They were playing outstanding cricket at that moment. An innings like 138 against a quality team and bowling attack inspired me throughout my career,” Nafees further added.
Under the leadership of Ricky Ponting Australia visited Bangladesh in April 2006, as Warne went wicketless in the first innings which further saw his leg-spin partner Stuart MacGill claiming eight wickets after conceding 108 runs in 33.3 overs.
The Dhaka-born 32-year-old Nafees, who has been consistent with his performance in the domestic cricket, was overlooked from the national side after failing to cement his spot particularly in the longer version of the game, owing to the lean patch.
Nafees reiterated he is focusing on fitness before sweating it out with the bat – to swing into full preparations, for the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) which is scheduled to kick start from November 2.
“I am concentrating on fitness now. After Eid-ul-Adha, I will start my batting practice as well,” Nafees remarked.
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Nafees in his recent interview stated he is confident of doing well in the domestic circuit, as he believes it’s hard to get inducted into the side after being excluded particularly in Bangladesh.
As Australia is bound to play the two-match Test series which will kick start from August 27 in Dhaka, Nafees urged his national side to make full use of home conditions, as he believes Mushfiqur Rahim-led Tigers have a chance to make things hard for the Steven Smith-led Australia following the quality improvement.
“If Bangladesh can utilise the home condition properly then Bangladesh have a good chance. If our players can continue their good form, then I believe Australia will have a really tough time,” Nafees maintained.
Nafees has smashed four hundreds in 75 One-day Internationals and a solitary hundred in 24 Tests. He is averaging 31.44 in 50-over format and 26.39 in five-day cricket.
After making his debut in 2005 against England at Nottingham, Nafees played his last international game against Zimbabwe in 2006, before being ignored for the national team. He further remarked he would announce his retirement on the day when he won’t be able to perform during the domestic career after competing at a different level.