Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal said the competitiveness of the first Test will raise the confidence level of the team but informed that they should not be satisfied. Rather, the Tigers should try to perform much better in order to win the second Test, starting Friday, and level the series.
“We played a very competitive match, so we will be better prepared and more confident for this game. Everyone is saying we played well, but we have discussed as a team that we cannot be so happy with so little. We should have won the game. We can take positives from the first Test, like competing for five days. We will try to win the next game, which is a belief that is held by each and every cricketer who plays for Bangladesh,” Tamim told the media on Wednesday.
The wicket for the first Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong was the main talking point in the last few days, given its spinning nature.
And ahead of the second Test, the talk on everyone's lips is regarding the state of the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium pitch. However, Tamim believes rather than concentrating on the pitch and conditions, Bangladesh have to play better cricket than the opposition to win the game.
“The wicket in Chittagong was in our favour but still we lost the game. We have to utilise the wicket, by playing well. We have to reduce our mistakes, and bowl according to the wicket. I think we are doing it that way, and we know that the wicket is out of our control,” he said.
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Bangladesh trio, captain Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib al Hasan and Tamim react after the first Test against England in Chittagong DHAKA TRIBUNE
“I think the less I talk about the last game, the better. It was a good Test match, but we lost in the end. Five years from now, it will show that we lost the game. We should stick to the processes and planning which we have. We are discussing more on what we can do with bat and ball, not on the wicket or the toss,” he added.
Despite a commendable performance in the first Test, Tamim thinks there are areas which the Tigers can still improve upon. The left-hander believes batsmen should try to score big and spend more time in the middle after getting set.
"Batting wasn't easy on that wicket but we had our moments. I think we should have stretched those moments a bit. If the wicket remains the same in Dhaka, the batsmen should score 20-25 runs more after they are settled," he said.
The Chittagong Test was the Tigers' first five-dayer in 15 months. Despite the long gap, Tamim said the players adapted with the format very well.
“It is not easy to return to cricket after 14 months but I think the players adapted very well. The batsmen moved from T20s to ODIs to Test cricket. We have a number of Tests in the next six months, so we want to use the rhythm from the Chittagong Test for the future,” he said.
The Chittagong Test saw as many as 26 Decision Review System reviews with England largely benefiting from the system, compared to Bangladesh. But Tamim believes it is just a part of the game.
“I don’t really get DRS too much. It will go both ways, some of it depends on luck. We want to play well, above all. Wickets, DRS and toss are not what we are focusing on.