Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim admitted that the win against England is a great achievement for his team and informed that they want to continue the momentum in order to achieve more in future.
“The way we fought in the last three days, certainly it is the greatest achievement for us in Bangladesh’s Test cricket history. It came against a very good England side. But I believe if we are able to continue playing good cricket then there will be a time when we will win a series 2-0 against any big team. I think this is the start. It feels great that the younger players are also contributing. We have a number of performers in the team, which is always great for a captain,” Mushfiq told the media in Mirpur on Sunday.
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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim celebrates the big wicket of England skipper Alastair Cook with youngster Mehedi Hasan Miraz DHAKA TRIBUNE
The wicketkeeper-batsman praised youngster Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who was adjudged man of the series for his stunning performances with the ball and hoped that the all-rounder will become a consistent performer for the Tigers in the coming days.
“We knew the type of player he is. We wanted him to play against England rather than Afghanistan so that they don’t know anything about him. It is all his credit that he did so well. I never really thought he would do this well. There’s a lot to learn from him, and I know he has the calibre to do well in future,” said Mushfiq.
Bangladesh made flat tracks for the Test series against England back in 2010 with the sole aim of achieving a draw. However, since then, times have changed along with the culture of Bangladesh cricket.
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Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan pulls the ball during the first session of play DHAKA TRIBUNE
Regarding the wicket, Mushfiq said, “From the time we knew England were coming, we planned to make wickets that could last three-four days, the sort of wicket that would help our spinners. We played well in Chittagong but I was surprised that it lasted five days. Here, our bowlers executed our plans and the batsmen did well too, which made this win possible. We wanted to create this situation from where we could press towards a win. We are feeling really well.
“This time we tried something different regarding the pitch. But it doesn’t happen overnight. We felt that we have enough resources against any batting line-up and not just against England. Credit goes to Shakib [al Hasan], Miraz and Taijul [Islam]. It’s not that easy to get wickets in these pitches. I hope you will see more such wickets in future.”
Mushfiq also heaped praise on the batsmen, especially opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, for their efforts in the series.
“Runs are important in these wickets. Tamim was outstanding, especially in the first innings in Chittagong. I think that 78 was greater than his double-century (against Pakistan in 2015). He utilised his good form, which is a really good sign,” he said.