Despite the recent loss in Galle, Bangladesh Test skipper is delighted and has further expressed he would be lucky to lead the young side in the hundredth Test while terming it as the ‘historic’ moment for the Tigers cricket when he was talking to the media persons in Colombo before stating it’s also the great chance for the visitors to level the series.
Bangladesh will register its name into the record books when it will take on Sri Lanka in the second and final Test match at the P. Sara Oval Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday (March 15).
“Of course, this is a historic moment for Bangladesh cricket and if I play in this match and play as a captain, it will be a big honour for me,” Rahim was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.
After losing the first Test by 259 runs, Rahim stated the side is capable of bouncing back as they had shown some sort of a courage to take the One-off Test in Hyderabad into a fifth day in February this year again India.
“From then I had a belief, hope and dream that if I could play Test cricket for Bangladesh, then it will be a big achievement,” Rahim remarked.
Following the dismal show at Galle last week, Rahim and Co. had a full blown practice session on the eve of the second Test of the Joy Bangla Cup. The Bangladesh team members will also attend the medal-gathering function before the start of the Test match.
“Obviously in these 16 years maybe we have not been able to give Bangladesh cricket all it wanted. But to be honest, the way Bangladesh has been playing in Tests for the last two, two-and-a-half years, if we can continue in that vein for two or three more years then Bangladesh will improve a lot in Tests,” Rahim said on his approach for the game.
Earlier, Bangladesh has earned the Test status in 2000 when it played the inaugural Test against India at home in November same year.
The 29-year-old wicket-keeper batsman Rahim has also recalled the historic moment when he was studying in class eight in his hometown Bogra.
“When Bangladesh got Test status and played the first match in 2000, I was a student of class XII in BKSP,” Rahim recollected.
The right-handed pocket-size dynamite has also revealed he watched the first Bangladesh Test on a television set when he was quite young.
Rahim is hopeful that his side would further bring some positives in the longer version of the game at Lankan shores before entering into the limited-overs series which is scheduled later in this month
“I remember we watched that match there on television,” Rahim concluded.
Rahim has played 53 Tests for Bangladesh in which he has amassed 3,191 runs at an average of 35.5.