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Skipper Mominul takes the blame on his shoulder

  • Sports Correspondent from Chattogram
  • 1 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Skipper Mominul takes the blame on his shoulder

Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque takes the blame on his shoulder after he failed to perform and guide the inexperienced top-order in the two-match series opener against Pakistan.

Bangladesh lost early wickets in both their innings that made them pay in the game as it was difficult to make a turnaround after being reduced to 49-4 and 43-5 respectively and Pakistan won the game by eight wickets to go 1-0 up in the series.

“As I’m the most experienced batter among the top order, I should have batted with more responsibility but I failed. So I’m taking the blame to myself,” Mominul said after the end of the opening Test on Tuesday.

“Our top-order batting collapsed in both innings and it was difficult to make a comeback after that. Even if you score 200-300 runs, even if you bat for two days, it becomes difficult to score 300 runs. It’s difficult to fight 330 on such a flat wicket.

“We never had full control in the match. Liton and Mushfiq batted well and we had some control in that stage. Taijul bowled brilliantly and that’s why we were in the game till the fourth day. If the top-order could shine in the second innings, it could be a different story,” he said, adding that he would prefer to play on a similar wicket.

“I would always prefer to play in this kind of wicket because it was an ideal wicket for batsmen,” Mominul said.

“It was not a spin wicket, rather it was a flat wicket. It was not a wicket where the ball was turning from the third or fourth day and the spin wicket is that where four to five balls turn in an over while here probably one or two balls turned and that too away from the stump,” he added.

Mominul said that their pacers must know how to bowl in flat wickets adding that they need to be more focused on playing longer formats games.

“I think they (Ebadot and Abu Jayed) need to know about how to ball in flat wickets, besides coaches can explain better about this,” said Mominul.

“Bowling at home and away is not the same. I think we should play more four-day matches. Pakistan and India bowlers play a lot of matches and they bowl many overs,” he said.

“They (local pacers) need to play more four-day games to improve their skill in flat track,” he added.

Mominul said that their inexperienced top order was exposed by the Pakistani bowlers while adding that they need to be mentally stronger to play red-ball cricket.

“I think it is totally a mental thing. Of course, they are mentally very strong along with skill. So you have to be mentally strong when you face such skilled bowling. You have to know about their strengths and weaknesses.

“There is no scope here to work with their skill but it will be better to be mentally strong as much as possible,” he said, adding that he would opt for the experience if the juniors didn’t deliver.

“Of course you may need experience if the juniors failed to perform in an office and that is the same with cricket as well,” he concluded.