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Helmet changes luck for ton-up Imrul
The rejected old helmet brought back the luck of century for Imrul Kayes as the top-order batsman ended his two-year long drought for an international hundred against Zimbabwe on Sunday.
The 31-year old left-hander struck a scintillating 144 off 140 balls during the first of three-match one-day international series, setting up an easy 28-run win for Bangladesh at Mirpur.
The innings gave his stop-start career spanning for nearly a decade a big impetus as he finally started believing for the chance of making it to the squad of World Cup next year.
The brilliant hundred came after 13 ODI innings since he scored 112-run against England in 2016 at the same ground.
Imrul revealed he used the same helmet Sunday’s first ODI that he wore in England game and in a big coincidence he ended up with a century once again.
I scored the hundred against England wearing the same helmet. The helmet was not working well for me since then and I put it aside for a quite a long time, Imrul told reporters on Monday.
If you noticed I was also struggling with my helmet in the Asia Cup. Then I remembered about this helmet. After repairing it I started to wear it again. Now I think it has become my lucky helmet,Õ he added.
When Imrul came to open the Bangladesh innings on Sunday it was noticed that the southpaw had prepared himself differently for the game as he used a sticker of national flag on his helmet, a rare move if not completely unique by a Bangladeshi cricketer.
Imrul revealed that he was inspired by some other cricketers of different countries, who had their national flags on helmets and after the ICC World Cup in 2015 he started to keep playing with that.
Several Indian players including the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli had had national flags on their helmets, which they prided as a symbol of patriotism.
Imrul informed that the initiative was a real confidence booster, which inspired not only him but also some other cricketers like Mushfiqur Rahim to have the flag on their helmets.
I felt very encouraged to see cricketers wearing national flag on the top of the board’s monogram. I started to play with it after the 2015 World Cup. Initially I had plastic stickers, which could not remain firm on that. Then I started wearing cloth sticker. Mushfiq and some other cricketers also started playing with that, he said.
It might not be a big thing but it helps inspiring yourself. Usually the name of our country remains printed on our jerseys, so the national flag can be on the helmet. It gives a different feeling,Õ he added.