Mominul Haque
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Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque urges all to accept the odds at the top level of cricket. At the same time, he also believes that they need to improve to a great extent in Test cricket.

Tigers’ skipper Mominul Haque believes that the people from his country couldn’t cope with the debacles that happened at the top level of cricket and took place anew against South Africa in the recently concluded series.

The touring Tigers accepted a commanding 220-run defeat to South Africa in the first Test and an embarrassing 332- run loss in the series decider, part of the ICC World Test Championship.

In the second innings of the first Test, the Russell Domingo charges were bundled out for 53, their second-lowest, while in the second game, they were bowled out for 80, their fourth-lowest.

‘See, in many cases, not in cricket; rather, it may be the opposite of what you would expect in all spheres. Your opponent will do something that will surprise you.’

After reaching that level, I didn’t expect it to happen as it’s not an excuse. If you want to play at the top level, you have to deal with unexpected things. I don’t think we can cope,’ told Mominul at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Wednesday upon their arrival after the conclusion of the series.

At the same time, he believes that they need to improve a great deal in this format.

‘We need to improve a lot in the Test, which I am always supposed to say because I think so,’ He also accepted that winning in the one-day series at the tour gave them some positive vibes however that shouldn’t be mixed up with the Test as there exists a huge difference between the two formats of cricket.

‘Test is not like the one-day. It’s a five-day game where you need to give your best in batting, bowling, and fielding.’

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The southpaw proposed to his fellows to learn the lessons from the mistakes they made in the past and the series against their South African counterparts.

‘We win or lose in a game; we need a lot to learn in each series. If you don’t want to learn, you can’t improve.’

‘We have a lot to learn, like how you handle spin when you bat, how to dominate session by session, how to overcome bad patches, how the bowlers will bowl with a new and old bowl, how they will bowl in the last session.’

He also claimed that the way they suffered the consecutive crushing defeats to the hosts is not alarming as all these are cyclical phenomena.

‘I don’t think that this is alarming. What I think is, the same thing also happened earlier on several occasions even within Bangladesh.’

‘But your expectations were a little higher. Many of you might think that we have become the number one team in the world after winning a Test match. But this is your misconception. Bangladesh is stable in ODIs, not in Tests.’

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