Mushfiqur Optimistic For Sri Lanka Series

Bangladesh has been preparing hard for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. They will up against a relatively young Sri Lankan team with regards to their experience. The heaving scoring Lankan players against Bangladesh like Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan have all hung up their boots. Besides, that Sri Lanka will be without their experienced player Angleo Mathew, who has been ruled out of the series due to injury.

The Test captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, was asked several questions during the press conference before the team prepared to leave for Sri Lanka. 

whether this is the Bangladesh’s best chance to win against Sri Lanka…

There is always a chance. Every series is a new opportunity for us. They will miss some proven players like Angelo Mathews. Still, the game will be played at their home. We are playing good cricket for some time so the pressure will be on them too. Considering everything, we have a fair chance. But everything depends on our game. If we can play our game, the result should be in our favour. We have accumulated some knowledge through our coaching staff who are from Sri Lanka. This will also be a great deal of help to us.

You always have to play for the win regardless the opponent. But I have said, we have to go a long way in Test. Against England, we lost the match marginally. We also fought neck to neck against New Zealand. We played good cricket against India till the 4thday. But we are still young, and we will learn from our mistakes.

whether memories of previous Galle Test inspires him…

We have to start everything fresh. The wicket of Galle is historically spinning. But we had a good batting wicket last time. The result also went to our favour. Although we think, we have enough balance irrespective of the wicket. We have enough verities at our disposal.

regarding the team’s preparation for the series…

The truth is, we have raised our level to a certain extent. Whether it is Test or One day, people believe we can win playing good cricket. This is a plus point for us. And when Shakib, Mustafiz, Miraz will bowler together, this will create some pressure on the opponent. Hopefully, everything will be alright for us.

plan for Rangana Herath…

Herath is one of the best bowlers in the world. Every team has some match winning bowlers. Herath is playing for a long time, definitely one of the bests in the business. We have some plans for him. Some of us have already faced him so we have some idea of tackling him. We will try to stop him by not giving any wickets, this will aid us to score more runs.

regarding the bowling department…

Our bowling unit hasn’t improved as much as our batting unit has. They are inexperienced. They will get better by playing more and more matches. I think our fielders are also to blame for the bowlers not living up to expectations. I think, if Shakib-Mustafizur-Taskin-Rubel-Subhashis-Miraz-Taskin plays to their potential, we can take definitely take 20 wickets. We are going to Sri Lanka with a strong unit. 

the expectation for the top order…

Top order is a big strength for us. But it did not click for the last couple of series. Hopefully, Tamim, Soumya, Muminul, Mahmudullah will click this time.

about Bangladesh’s 100th Test…

Of course, it is an exciting moment. Actually, it is a great moment for the whole country, in fact for the whole nation. We will try our best to mark the occasion memorable.

thoughts on the wickets in Sri Lanka…

Wicket is definitely a factor. But, I personally believe, batting in good wicket overshadows batsmen’s credit. The wicket we faced in India was, in fact, a bit flat. But the opponent bowling was a threat. They made our time hard with the both new and old ball. But, we are prepared for every type of wicket. And both of the team will try to take advantage of the wicket.

regarding his keeping and would he continue…

I always try to do my job perfectly behind stumps. Every keeper makes mistakes. Wriddhiman Saha of India is one of the bests at the moment. He also dropped a catch of Riyad Bhai against India. If Riyad Bhai had won the match for us, the story would be different. And cricket is our bread and butter. We try to do our best. But you know, to err is human.

Of course, I enjoy it. But I also enjoy bowling. But I can’t do everything. The team management, coach and board will decide my rule. I played a couple of matches in the last Asia cup only as a batsman. I personally believe I can contribute better both as a batsman and keeper. Now, the other things depend on the board.

on moving up the batting order…

I used to bat at seven at a time. Whether I will move up depends on the management too. The top order is not clicking, hence the question is asked. But this entirely depends on the future whether I would bat at number four or five. I will do everything for the sake of the team.

thoughts on DRS…

Reviews have become quite ambiguous not only for us but also for all the teams. If you recall last day, Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay have squandered two easy reviews. India is an experienced team, still, they can’t take the best of it. Kumar Dharmasena is one of the top umpires, but he struggled with reviews in the England series. Especially, the task is tougher in the sub-continent. Sometimes, the bowlers got over excited. But there are many things to ponder.

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