I Got A Good Relationship With Chandika- Hemp

Bangladesh batting coach David Hemp feels that Towhid Hridoy will be carrying good confidence in the series against Sri Lanka and it will also help other members of the team as well.

Hridoy in the ongoing BPL as he played a key role behind taking Comilla Victorians in the final making 447 runs in 13 matches with an average of 40.63 and a strike rate of 149.49 that included one century and two half centuries.

“I think any player scoring heavily has an impact and the key thing is that you want as many people contributing as you don’t want to rely on one or two players. If a couple of players are playing well, obviously it does lift the team. As I said the key thing is ultimately about winning games in cricket but it can become infectious when players are playing well. You can see the freedom with which they are playing and that can rub up obviously on other players,” Hemp was quoted in Cricbuzz.

Hemp added that he enjoyed working with Chandika Hathurusingha after working as interim batting coach of Bangladesh team during the home series and tour of New Zealand.

“Personally, I got a good relationship with Chandi (Hathurusingha) and obviously it’s the first time I worked with him (in New Zealand). I enjoyed that experience and enjoyed being around a playing group,” he said.

“For the players, they approach the series really well and I think that’s the important thing. But certainly, in terms of my relationship with Chandika, I enjoyed that against New Zealand both home and away,” je he said.

Hemp added that his stint in Bangladesh as High Performance Unit head coach and working with different national players in different set-up made his work easy at the national cricket team.

“I think if you are in an environment for a long time, you know what the environment is like and obviously knowing players, knowing coaches and knowing administrators, I just think those really work. If you think about the New Zealand series where I worked before Christmas, I worked with the majority of those players at the HP environment, at the Emerging Asia Cup and also at the Asian Games,” said Hemp.

“So I was fortunate enough to work with the majority of those players and I think only three players that I haven’t had time with (before the New Zealand series). So it was obviously a great six to seven months where I had an opportunity to work,” he said adding that his major challenge lies in bringing in consistency in Bangladesh batting unit.

“Obviously, we want consistency and we want people to get better. Improving and getting better and better series by series and month by month. That is the challenge with all coaching you have to keep that continued,” he said.

“What coaches try to do is get consistency in those performances so that players are ultimately contributing to winning games in cricket,” he concluded.


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