Mushfiqur Rahim returning from injury meant that he would be leading Bangladesh in their first ever Test in India – a historic one as they say! The captain assured that the team are willing to take this opportunity to put a mark on the cricketing world by playing good cricket. Mushfiqur hoped for a good performance as it would not only showcase their improvement but also prompt the BCCI to invite them often.
“I’m a little surprised, I don’t believe that this is a historic Test. Take for example when we play against Zimbabwe. The pressure is more because if we lose against them then there is nothing more shameful than that. I will say that it is better that we are going there now and not five years ago. We want to tell world cricket what we can do in India. I don’t think about how many years later we are going to play in India. We want to play in such a way that India invites again and again. This to me is just another Test match.”
Bangladesh played red ball cricket in New Zealand for the first time in over 2 years. The team performed well in patches but lost their way due to lack of consistency. The captain hoped that his team would take the positives and put in a performance against a good Indian team.
“I hope that the recent performers will hold on to their form and put together a team performance. And to those who haven’t done well in the recent past, you have a chance to give a good account of yourself. A team effort will give us a good result. They have a strong squad and are always really good in their home conditions. We want to do well against them over five days, and not just two or three days.”
Mushfiqur believes that Bangladesh has a well-balanced squad that can tackle any condition the opponent has to offer. The return of himself along with Imrul and Mominul have strengthened the batting. Experienced players like Shakib, Tamim, Riyad need to perform to their best.
“No matter what conditions they offer, we have a balanced side. We have enough pacers and spinners and depth in batting. I think our batsmen will have a challenge in their hands against their world-class attack. As a bowling unit we are inexperienced, but one or two bowlers did do well in New Zealand. If we can perform as a team we can do well against any other good team.”
Bangladesh team have arrived in India yesterday and they have taken part in a practice session today. The team will take on India A in their 2-day session which is going to be held on Feb 5-6. Bangladesh would hope to hit the ground running as soon as possible before they take on India for their only test match.