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“It was not easy because we were playing Test cricket after five, six months and we could not avail the opportunity to play the longer version, so it was definitely a challenge”
Following a 0-0 draw against New Zealand, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has called on “whoever is in charge to give us the opportunity to play more Tests”.
Rahim added that it was not easy to get back into the groove of Test cricket after a five or six-month break from the format.
“If you take the whole series into account, I think we wanted to play well in the beginning and play consistently well thereafter,” Rahim said. “It was not easy because we were playing Test cricket after five, six months and we could not avail the opportunity to play the longer version, so it was definitely a challenge. The way my players performed, and took up the opportunity to play under pressure, is a good sign.
“I ask whoever is in charge to give us the opportunity to play more Tests. Whether we fare good or bad is another question. If we cannot play Test cricket, how can a player like Mominul score a hundred or Gazi take six wickets? In the future, hopefully, we will play more Test matches so that we can show that Bangladesh is improving day by day.”
Rahim praised batsman Mominul Haque for his two centuries and being named the Man of the Series.
“After playing the first Test, often we could not take that into the second game,” Rahim said. “Though our batting didn’t click in the first innings, we proved through the second innings that our team is maturing. The same player [Mominul Haque] proved how determined and responsible he can be and that is a very good sign. I had always said that there are lots of performers in our team so I hope they will perform in the same manner.”
However, Rahim stated that he was extremely disappointed at how the batsmen had gifted their wickets to New Zealand in the first innings.
“”In every series all of the top six won’t perform,” Rahim said. “There are chances that everybody tries to take but for some it clicks and for others it doesn’t. It was disappointing the way some of our batsmen went down and we need to improve on that.”