Bangladesh Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was almost in tears after suffering a hamstring in the opening one-day international that ruled him out of remaining two ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals.
Mushfiq is keen to erase his pain in the two-match Test series that begins today in Wellington as he is ready to take the field again and lead the Tigers, who are still searching for the their first win in the tour.
‘During the last two years we played consistent cricket at home and now we are aiming to get a similar start in Test, Mushfiq said on Wednesday, ahead of the first Test.
‘We want to compete in the game for as long as possible and don’t want to repeat instances from
the past where we completely went down in the game by the first innings,’ he said.
Bangladesh failed to reach 150-run mark in any of the four innings they played in Wellington and thus Mushfiq believed the challenge is mainly for the batting group.
‘The main responsibilities lies on the batsman because how we set the stage for the pace bowlers will eventually determine the outcome,’ said Mushfiq.
‘If we can put enough runs on the board that our bowlers can defend in two innings it will be crucial and in that sense the batsmen will have the bigger challenge,’ he said.
Mushfiq said he is confident that his bowlers can pick 20 wickets if they are provided with enough runs on the board as they did against England during their last Test to earn their maiden Test win over the side.
According to Mushfiq, in New Zealand pace bowlers will have to take the leading role as they are expected to attack unlike at home where spinners are key protagonists.
‘It will be a seaming condition and they [pacers] will have to play the attacking role while at home our spinners fulfilled the role,’ said Mushfiq.
‘I firmly believe the four pace bowlers along with Soumya [five-member pace unit] have the ability to pick 20 wickets,’ said Mushfiq, adding his confidence had grown stronger after they beat England.
‘As a bowling group when you have the ability to pick 20 wickets it always gives a mental satisfaction and some sort of faith in their ability,’ said Mushfiq.
New Zealand prepared a green top wicket for Bangladesh, which is expected to provide enough swing for pace bowlers to dictate the term form the very onset.
However, Bangladesh skipper said a favourable pitch does not alone guarantee success and Bangladeshi bowlers must follow some basics to take the game into their favour.
‘In this kind of wicket bowlers may try many things but I have always told them the importance of sticking to the basics and bowl in right areas…if they can bowl in the right area batsman are expected to falter,’ he said.
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