Sohag Gazi’s Bangladesh Test ton and hat-trick “remarkable” says Shane Jurgensen

Sohag Gazi’s performance of scoring a century and grabbing a hat-trick in the same Test against New Zealand has sparked comparisons with Australia’s Jimmy Mathews. Matthew’s took two hat-tricks in the same Test against South Africa in 1912 and Bangladesh’s coach, the Australian Shane Jurgensen, thinks Matthew’s feat is marginally better.

by BIPIN DANI

cricketballs (1)“I think both performances are remarkable but I will probably lean towards the two hat-tricks being a former bowler myself,.” said Jurgensen who once took two hat-tricks himself in an innings in a junior game.

“Gazi’s performance however was outstanding and a significant reason along with the other performers for the team to create the result from this Test Match.

“It gives us confidence going into the 2nd Test and a possible series win,” the 37-year-old added. “It was also great to see the team come together at the time of the hat-trick. It was a fantastic catch from Shakib and well celebrated by the boys.

“The pitch was not offering a lot of turn for the spinners but he bowled three very good deliveries to achieve it. That makes Gazi’s hat-trick an even more fantastic effort,” he continued.

Gazi’s first ball in the Test cricket was hit for a six by West Indies’ Chris Gayle, but he bounced back quickly.

Cricket-Balls-Small“Gazi hit world cricket with a bang last year against the West Indies with his first test wicket of Chris Gayle in his 2nd over. He had a great series against them, then took the confidence into domestic cricket and then on to our away your to SL”.

“However recently he had a quiet tour to Zimbabwe in seam friendly conditions and he had some tough times on the recent A tour of the UK”, Jurgensen added. “He has however recently learnt a lot about bowling in overseas conditions and also about himself and the physical and mental demands of international cricket. Just before this series he has been working hard off the field in all areas to support his contribution on the field. So it’s nice to see the reward for his hard work”.

“There has been a significant culture shift within the team in this area and Gazi is a good example. Special mention also must go to Mominul Haque. I think it has been underestimated about how good of an innings it was for the team and the result of the Test,” Jurgensen concluded.

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
His twitter bio reads: Eat cricket stories, drink cricket stories, sleep cricket stories.

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