Tuesday, 17 May, 2022

This win will change how others see us: Habibul

Habibul Bashar, who led Bangladesh in their first Test win in 2005, has hailed Tigers’ outstanding victory in the first Test against New Zealand as the best ever in the format so far.

The former captain also said that the nations like England and Australia will now see Bangladesh as a competitive force in the longer version of the game.

In the first Test of the two-match series, Bangladesh beat New Zealand by eight wickets on Wednesday taking a 1-o lead against the current holders of the ICC World Test Championship.

It was Bangladesh’s first Test win against New Zealand and first in New Zealand by any Asian team after 2013.

Habibul said this win will inspire the teams like England and Australia to invite Bangladesh to play on their turfs.

“We couldn’t perform well before. That was only our beginning to Test cricket,” Habibul said.

“But we have started to play well abroad. So if we can continue playing like this they will definitely invite us, and the situation will surely change. I believe there is no lack of viewers of the Bangladesh team now, and we have a lot of followers around the globe.”

Bangladesh last toured Australia in 2003 for a three-match ODI and two-match Test series. After that, Bangladesh never played a Test in Australia.

According to Habibul, this win is a bigger win— even bigger than Bangladesh’s first Test win against Zimbabwe in 2005, when he was the captain of the Bangladesh team.

“This is the biggest Test win for us,” Habibul told the reporters on Wednesday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

“Yes, keeping all other wins in mind, this is the biggest win in Test for us and of course, to me. I’m so happy because we played a good brand of cricket.”

Another former captain, Akram Khan, said it was fantastic to win against New Zealand at their home. He reckoned that winning against the number one Test team is not easy.

“New Zealand have always been a tough team for us,” Akram said. “But I have belief in this team, and that paid off. We are so happy that we beat New Zealand at their home. It was a tremendous effort from every player of the team.”

To Jalal Yunus, it was a “big victory” given the current form of the team. He said the batters finally did their job according to the team and this has eventually set the tone for a great victory.

“We lack endurance in the batting department,” Jalal said. “At the same time, our bowlers were unable to take 20 wickets in away tests. But this match, all did well together and we won the match. Now the thing we need to show consistency.”

Bangladesh team is receiving overwhelming praise on social media. Along with the home fans, those from across the world have been praising the Bangladesh team.

The video of the Bangladesh team’s celebration at the dressing room singing “we shall win someday” went viral right after it was uploaded on the internet.

“Congratulations @BCBtigers for creating history in Mount Maunganui! To win the Test by 8 wickets and register their first-ever Test win over New Zealand is inspirational and an incredible achievement. I am sure this win will be cherished for a long time,” VVS Laxman, the legendary Indian batter, wrote on his Twitter handle sharing an image of Ebadot with his customary salute pose.

Laxman was only one of the thousands of cricket enthusiastic who are more than happy to see Bangladesh starting roaring in Test cricket too.