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Relieved Mahmudullah aims for consistency in Tests

  • Published at 09:08 pm November 16th, 2018
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Bangladesh's Mahmudullah plays a shot during their second Test against Zimbabwe in Mirpur Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Centuries from the left-handed Mominul Haque, wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and by the captain himself will provide belief to Mahmudullah that they can give a good account of themselves against the West Indies

Makeshift Test captain Mahmudullah is a bit relieved after scoring a magnificent Test hundred against the visiting Zimbabwe. 

Mahmudullah got the chance to lead the side in the absence of regular captain Shakib al Hasan, and the overall series performance against the Zimbabweans was a mixed fortune, for both him and Team Bangladesh. 

In the first Test match in Sylhet, Bangladesh lost heavily and as a skipper, Mahmudullah failed to score big. 

His batting average in Tests in the last two years is not that great. 

The right-hander has been able to transform himself into a key member of the side in ODIs and T20Is, but in the longest format of the game, a player like Mahmudullah still has a lot to prove. 

Prior to the Dhaka Test, Mahmudullah scored 169 runs in 10 innings this year. 

But a 36-run knock in the first innings and a brilliant hundred in the second innings would definitely give him confidence ahead of the two-match Test series against the West Indies.  

“Yes, I am a little bit relieved. Because I did not perform well in my last five Tests. I was not able to score a hundred. Actually, I was struggling in this format. I wanted to justify my position in the team. And as a captain, you have to perform and lead the team from the front. So I had that extra responsibility as well. Alhamdulillah, I performed well. But I have a lot of areas to improve. I want to be more consistent in this format as well,” Mahmudullah said to the media during the post-match press conference at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Thursday.   

Top-order batting has been a concern for Bangladesh as both Liton Kumar Das and Imrul Kayes failed to convert their good form in the shorter formats to the Tests in four innings against Zimbabwe. 

But centuries from the left-handed Mominul Haque, wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and by the captain himself will provide belief to Mahmudullah that they can give a good account of themselves against the Windies.

“Cricket is such a game that if a batsman scores 100 or 250 and then he thinks he needs to improve on certain skills, then there is always chance of improvement. If a batsman had weakness on short ball or sweep shot or spin bowling, then there is chance of improvement. It’s a good comeback win for us as we will face West Indies shortly,” Mahmudullah said.  

“Batsmen performed well in the Dhaka Test. Although top-order did not score, it can happen sometimes. Sometimes, top-order will score runs, sometimes it will be the middle-order. But all the players are trying to perform better. Everyone is working hard on their training sessions. We had a concern with our batting. Middle-order batsmen scored runs in this Test. It will give us confidence in the upcoming series,” he concluded.   

Bangladesh team will travel to Chittagong Sunday with the first Test starting Thursday in the port city.