Shahadat Hossain Dipu, a rising star in Bangladesh’s cricket scene, recently participated in his first national training camp at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. This talented batsman caught the attention of former Test captain Mominul Haque and coach Chandika Hathurusingha, showcasing his skills and potential. With an impressive track record in domestic cricket and notable performances against West Indies A, Shahadat’s confidence is soaring as he embarks on his journey at the international level.
Having made his first-class debut in 2021, Shahadat has already made a mark with remarkable performances. In 20 games, he has scored 1265 runs, including two centuries and ten half-centuries. Notably, he impressed with a half-century against India A in Sylhet, amassing 109 runs across two innings in December of the previous year. His exploits in the Dhaka Premier League for Prime Bank Cricket Club further established his prowess, accumulating 480 runs with an average of 36.92, including one century and one fifty.
Shahadat’s maiden training session with the national team provided a platform to display his skills. Being relatively reserved, he managed to catch the eye of coach Chandika Hathurusingha with a fluent drive against a fast bowler. Hathurusingha acknowledged the young right-hander’s talent, instilling in him the confidence that he belongs at the highest level of the game. Shahadat’s ability to handle slower bowlers had already earned him a reputation in the domestic circuit, further enhancing his prospects.
With several of his Under-19 World Cup-winning teammates already having represented the senior national team, Shahadat is familiar with the national dressing room. Players like Shoriful Islam, Shamim Patwary, and Towhid Hridoy have paved the way, making his transition into the senior setup smoother.
Shahadat’s recent performances against West Indies A showcased his temperament and mental strength, crucial attributes for success at the international level. The challenges posed by the experienced West Indies A pacers did not deter him, as he attributed his confidence to his experience facing pacers like Taskin Ahmed and Ebadat Hossain in the domestic circuit. Shahadat emphasized the importance of remaining patient, mentally strong, and adaptable to different situations.
While Shahadat is eager to represent his country, he remains focused on playing each ball on its merit without succumbing to external pressures. His philosophy revolves around playing normal cricket, adapting to the demands of the game, and facing each delivery as it comes. With his determined mindset and promising skills, Shahadat is poised to make a significant impact on the international stage.