“I think it is more difficult to bat at number three than playing as an opener,” Imrul told reporters on Tuesday (August 22). “But I have to adjust with that. I batted at number three in the last Test match I played in Sri Lanka. I have talked with the coach and he told me to bat at number three. I have been batting in the nets keeping that in mind,” he added.
The 30-year-old added that the management is trying to make this change in the batting order after Soumya Sarkar proved his credentials at the top. “I think the team management has a plan and that’s why I am at number three. Soumya has done a lot better at the opening position in the last few matches,” he said.
Imrul, who enjoyed most of his international success as an opener, pointed out that he becomes impatient after being padded up as that is not something he is used to in his career. “I become very impatient to go to the field when I pad up for batting in the dressing room. Eventually, I have to adjust. If you tell Tamim to do similar kind of stuff, he won’t be able to do that.
“Once I could not do that, but I have to do it now for the sake of team’s requirement. I have to do whatever the team wants from me. I feel that I can bat in both positions either in number three or as an opener; I am ready to accept it.”
Imrul also said that batting as an opener gives him an edge over the bowlers as he can dominate them before they get settled. “There are both benefits and difficulties in facing the new ball. Bowlers don’t know about the strengths of a batsman, batsmen also don’t know what the bowlers can do. But when you bat at number three, bowlers become cautious and they control their line and length by the time,” he said, before acknowledging that Mominul is keeping him on his toes.