The left-hander scored four centuries this year and returned to his run-scoring ways in the longest form of game
Mominul Haque scored yet another hundred in Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium (six overall) and equaled the record of scoring the most number of Test hundreds (eight) for Bangladesh with Tamim Iqbal.
The left-hander scored four centuries this year and returned to his run-scoring ways in the longest form of game. Mominul started his career with excellent consistency as at one stage he scored 11 consecutive 50-plus scores in Test cricket after making his debut in 2013. But soon after, the diminutive batsman went on a lean run of form as he did not score ton in three years.
But this year, Mominul got back to his groove with four centuries so far. He scored two against Sri Lanka, one against Zimbabwe and now one against West Indies in this match. Only Virat Kohli hit four century this year from 18 innings. Mominul has scored them in 13 innings and all of them have been scored in home conditions.
When questioned which if these records are most pleasing for him, the humble Mominul replied with his usual politeness: “I don’t want to compare me with Tamim (Iqbal) bhai. He is on another level in Bangladesh cricket and also in world cricket. I don’t think it would be right to compare me with him. Virat Kohli is at an even higher level as a batsman. So I don’t think that way. Scoring sixth centuries in this ground, I don’t know, maybe Allah’s grace is upon me (here),” said Momiul during the post day press conference Thursday.
“The year hasn’t finished yet. I have the second innings in this Test match and later, the second Test against West Indies. To be honest, I don’t think that way. I always think about my improvement as a batsman. I always think about how I can contribute more for my team,” he added.
Mominul was well set at the crease and batting with ease. The way he batted in the morning and noon sessions, it seemed like a big 150 plus innings would be coming. Maybe, there was a chance of scoring double hundred as well. Tamim, Shakib, Mushfiq (twice) have already scored double hundred for Bangladesh in Test cricket. Mominul had the chance to a score double quite a few times in his eight centuries, but unfortunately could not do so.
In 2018, Mominul had another chance to score double ton when he scored 171 on day one against Sri Lanka back in February in this same venue. Mominul’s highest score in Test cricket is 181 against New Zealand in 2013.
Just a week ago, Mominul got out on 161 against Zimbabwe in Dhaka Test where Mushfiq eventually scored a double. The pitch looked very batting friendly when Mominul batted with ease against the Windies yesterday. Scoring a double ton might be near for the class batsman and the left-hander vowed to improve his batting further to score even bigger in future.
“Regrets are always there. In the previous Test I got out for 160, and if you don’t have regret or the hunger to perform better, you will stall. Whether you are out for zero or 100, if you are out there is always a regret,” Mominul concluded.
1ST TEST, DAY 1
BANGLADESH 1ST INNINGS R B
Imrul c Ambris b Warrican 44 87
Soumya c Dowrich b Roach 0 2
Mominul c Dowrich b Gabriel 120 167
Mithun c Dowrich b Bishoo 20 50
Shakib b Gabriel 34 68
Mushfiq lbw b Gabriel 4 3
Mahmudullah b Gabriel 3 7
Miraz b Warrican 22 31
Nayeem Not out 24 60
Taijul not out 32 57
Extras (b 3, lb 5, nb 4) 12
Total (88 Overs) 315/8
Fall Of Wickets
1-1 (Soumya), 2-105 (Imrul), 3-153 (Mithun), 4-222 (Mominul), 5-226 (Mushfiq), 6-230 (Mahmudullah), 7-235 (Shakib), 8-259 (Miraz)
Roach 15-2-55-1, Gabriel 18-2-69-4, Chase 11-0-42-0, Warrican 21-6-62-2, Bishoo 15-0-60-1, Brathwaite 8-1-19-0