Bangladesh all-rounder Mehedi Hasan on Monday urged the younger players of the squad to up their game to support the senior stalwarts on the field ahead of their inaugural day-night Test match against India in Kolkata starting from November 22.
The current Bangladesh squad consists of players who have been around for a few years but still fail to show maturity in crucial situations and put more pressure on the experienced players.
In the first Test in Indore, where Bangladesh suffered a humiliating innings and 130-run defeat, veteran batter Mushfiqur Rahim stood up as the best batsmen in both innings with 43 and 64, while the other batters surrendered to the Indian bowlers.
Mehedi felt that the younger players, which included him, need to deliver on their promise and stop relying on the experienced players to make-up for their inefficiencies.
‘I think we should perform better as the seniors always perform. And maybe for them, we are in a good position,’ Mehedi told reporters after their training session with the pink ball at Indore on Monday.
‘The juniors’ role is really important especially mine then Liton [Das], Mustafizur [Rahman], Shadman [Islam], [Mohammad] Mithun bhai- whoever is there... If we can perform our roles with the seniors then our team performance will be much better,’ he added.
Bangladesh team trained with the SG pink ball under the floodlights on Monday and they have three more days to get used to the new ball before taking the field against India.
Facing the pink ball would be a challenge, felt Mehedi, but he claimed that the Bangladesh team are trying to maximise their limited training opportunity.
’We have tried to make the most of the opportunity that we have got to gain experience from pink ball. We are trying to cover hundred per cent of the practice drill needed to be done.
‘In the initial stages one has to struggle a bit. I believe that if we can go through the initial struggle and adjust to get set in the crease, it will get easier. I feel it to be an important strategy to do well,’ Mehedi said.
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