Without giving much space for any excuse, Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque accepted the poor batting performance shown by his team. In the recently concluded two-match Test series, Bangladesh batsmen struggled against the Indian bowlers.
After losing the red-ball game by an innings and 130 runs, the first Pink-ball game for either team made no difference in Bangladesh’s batting. One by one they went down and summed a total of 106 runs in the first innings.
After that, it was a jack’s play for the Indian batsmen and bowlers. They defeated the guests by an innings and 46 runs in the day-night Test. The trio attack from Ishant Sharma ( scalped 9 wickets), Umesh Yadav (8 wickets) and Mohammad Shami (2) terrorized the Bangladesh batsmen.
However, in the post-match press conference, the Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque took no time in pinpointing their mistakes. The southpaw batsman hopes to improve and gradually get a grip in their red-ball game.
Mominul Haque: ‘There’s no point in giving excuse. Losers give excuses.’
According to the 28-years-old skipper, Bangladesh lacked control over their batting or bowling as a group. Although everyone knew it was a one-sided series, Bangladesh could have performed much better.
However, the Bangladesh skipper counts on learning from their first-ever pink ball game. They have ten Test matches lined up in the upcoming 2020 season.
“As a team, we have not been able to play well be it batting or bowling. There are a lot of areas to improve. If we improve we can give a good account of ourselves next year. We have about 10 Tests lined up in 2020,” Mominul said.
The left-hander was handed over the reins of the Bangladesh team after the removal of Shakib Al Hasan.
“You must be aware that we don’t play Tests frequently. We will play about 10 Tests next year and hopefully we will put up much improved show.
“We all need to prepare better mentally. Hope we will become mentally stronger and improve day by day. We will need some time. The message to young batsmen is to learn well from this series and results will come in future,” he added.
In the meantime, Bangladesh has played 117 Test matches in the span of 19 years. Out of the 117, the team has won only a bunch of 13 matches.
The new skipper of the team pinned down their poor batting performance that added to the bad show put up the Bangladesh team. In both the red-ball game and the day-night match, they went down in just three days.
However, the young skipper is hopeful of coming through this loss and use the experience learned in the game ahead in 2020.
“There is no point to give an excuse. Losers give excuse. As a team, we have not been able to put up a good show. We batted poorly. There are a lot to learn from this series. Struggle makes one perfect. It’s about learning rather than feeling disappointed,” he said.
In the two-match Test series, he scored 37 and 7 runs in the red-ball game while he went back to pavilion on zero in the pink-ball game.
“I don’t think much about my individual performance. I think about the team and it’s disappointing with the way we have played. Maybe I’m struggling but I will improve soon,” he said.
In the meantime, the red-ball captain is among the few best Test batsmen of Bangladesh. Mominul holds the record of being the only Bangladesh cricketer to have scored 11 consecutive fifty-plus runs in the red-ball game. The skipper looks forward to playing more practice matches to improve their performance in 2020.