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Maiden Test centurion Aminul made critics eat humble pie

  • Published at 08:35 pm April 8th, 2020
Aminul Islam Bulbul celebrates reaching his century during Bangladesh's first ever Test, against India in Dhaka in 2000

The coronavirus pandemic has stalled most of the public activities around the world and almost all the countries in the world have stopped all sorts of sporting activities for an indefinite time as the virus is encroaching more and more countries, aggravating the number of casualties. Bangladesh is not an exception as the country has shut down all sporting activities, and for sports lovers, nothing can be more frustrating as they are quarantined at home without any live sports or even news. Hence, Dhaka Tribune Sport has decided to cheer up its readers by recalling some of the fondest memories of country's sporting chronicles. Our wish is to keep our readers mentally strong in these tough times of the corona.

Today DT Sport is remembering the historic century of Aminul Islam against India in Bangladesh’s maiden Test match

Looking into the history of Bangladesh cricket, one can hardly overlook the side’s inaugural Test, against India in the year 2000.

And every time discussion of the event is tapped along comes the heroics of former Bangladesh captain cum top-order batsman Aminul.

The right-hander registered his name as one of the evergreen milestones in Bangladesh cricket with the first Test hundred of the country.

The heroics were considered even bigger given that it had come in the country’s first Test, and also for the fact that Aminul was not even in the reckoning to be in the squad, let alone in the playing XI.

As per media reports and claimed by Aminul, better known as Bulbul in the Bangladesh cricket fraternity, a big group from the board – then called as Bangladesh Cricket Control Board – was mulling not having him in the squad for the historical Test.      

“Three or four days ahead of the game, a big group [from the board] did not want me to play the first Test for Bangladesh. But the captain, manager of the team and a few others backed me and wanted me to play,” said Aminul to Dhaka Tribune Tuesday.

“I was not confirmed even a day ahead of the game if I would play. I was eager and had the confidence that if I was given the chance I would prove myself and make best use of it. With Allah’s grace I got to make the best use of the opportunity and that innings had turned into the signature of my life,” he added.

The event that had followed following this had not only made Aminul prove his ability of being a playing member of Bangladesh’s maiden Test but was also a bold reply to those who did not believe in him.

Bangladesh won the toss and batted first, surprising the world posting 400 runs in the first innings against mighty India at Bangabandhu National Stadium, located in the old part of Dhaka.

The innings was a statement by the Bangladesh batsmen, proving the critics wrong, those who said Bangladesh players could bat only for 30 overs, and not for six and seven hours.

Following a dismal start by the openers - Shahriar Hossain and Mehrab Hossain scoring just 12 and four respectively - a young Habibul Bashar had emerged as the savior.

With his 71 off 122 with 10 boundaries batting at No 3, Bashar was hailed as the hero as no one imagined what was to come next.

Bashar’s dismissal in the 42nd over saw Aminul arrive into the middle and thus, history was written, both for the individual and the country.

By stumps on day one, Aminul posted 70 on the board with Khaled Mashud unbeaten on three at the other end of the crease with the team’s total reading 236 for the loss of six wickets.

As the game resumed on day two, Aminul held his endurance, first reaching the golden milestone of maiden Test hundred as a Bangladesh batsman, off 282 balls, and then helping the team pass the 300-run mark on the stroke of lunch.

At the end of the first session of the day, Bangladesh were 302 for six with Aminul and Mashud batting on 106 and 27 respectively.

Following lunch, Aminul added another 39 to the tally before being dismissed by India pacer Ajit Agarkar; Bangladesh 385 losing their ninth wicket.

Tail-ender Hasibul Hossain scored unbeaten 28 before Bikash Ranjan Das fell as the last Bangladesh wicket and end the historic innings on exactly 400.

Despite a bold start against a lethal Indian attack, Bangladesh went on to lost the game by nine wickets as, in the second innings, the host could put on only 91 on the board.

The win went to India, something that was expected before the start of the tie, but only after Bangladesh had announced their grand arrival in the league with Aminul leading the way.

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