Mominul is joint-top in the list for most Test centuries in 2018 with Virat Kohli and another ton in the second Test could propel him to the top spot.
Bangladesh top order batsman Mominul Haque has enjoyed his best run scoring season in his career so far, where he has scored 644 runs from seven Tests at an average of 46. The performances have also propelled him eleven spots, to a career best Test batting ranking of 24, in the ICC Test batsman rankings.
However, the left-handed batsman is not taking it easy ahead of the second and final Test against the visitors West Indies in Mirpur which starts on Friday. The Tigers currently lead the series 1-0 and anything other than a loss would give the hosts a first ever series win against the Caribbean side.
“The way I’m seeing it, the Zimbabwe series and the first Test against the West Indies is over. Now we have to start afresh in the second Test and we will look to win that game too. The areas where we have to improve on – batting, bowling and fielding – will be what we focus on improving,” said Mominul at the Sher-e-Bangla national stadium on Wednesday.
The 27-year old has enjoyed a prolific 2018, a year where he’s so far scored four centuries and the last one came in the last Test where he was adjudged player-of-the-match. Mominul is joint-top in the list for most Test centuries in 2018 with Virat Kohli and another ton in the second Test could propel him to the top spot. He though, explained he’s not looking to score another hundred in the final Test for Bangladesh in 2018, but rather do what’s best for the team.
“I’m not thinking that I’ll score a hundred in the last game. If I think like that, it’ll be difficult to perform. So what I think of doing as a player is trying to help the team as best as I can. Every play wants to do what’s best for the team. So hopefully I can do something good for the team,” the diminutive one-down batsman added.
The wicket in Mirpur has generally tended to be spinner friendly over the last few years, with Tests ending within three days. But the man among the runs wasn’t too quick to come to a conclusion as to how the wicket would play and was still looking to play a long innings to help his side’s cause: “Its cricket, so we can’t predict how the wicket will be but the idea will be to play it session by session. I’d obviously want to play a long innings and hope I can do that,” Mominul concluded.