Mominul gets the captaincy after the ban on Shakib
The second test of the series will be held in Kolkata from 22 November
Dainik BhaskarNov 13, 2019, 07:41 PM IST Sports Desk. Before the Indore Test against India starting on Thursday, Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque has said that his batting will not be affected by the new responsibility. He says that rather it will help his team to take an edge against India. He said that captaincy would help me improve my performance. On the other hand, regarding Shakib not being in the team, he said that he is equal to two players alone and this will affect a lot. Mominul has been replaced as the new captain of the team after Shakib was banned for two years (suspended one year).
Mominul said, 'I am not feeling pressured just because of the fact that I have been appointed the captain of the team. Before getting the captaincy, I would continue to bat the way I used to bat. 'I always try to think of positive aspects. There are some positive things to do with becoming a captain. Your knowledge of the game increases. As a player you become more responsible. So I think it will help me improve my performance.
Ready to face India
Praising the Indian team, Mominul said, 'India is a team that can challenge different opponents in different ways. Maybe they challenge us with a spin attack. We are ready to face both spin or pace attack from India. Certainly it will be difficult for us, but we are preparing to face it. '
Did not plan on the team
Virat Kohli had called the fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman a threat to the team, although Mominul did not say whether he would be part of the playing XI or not. He said, 'We have not made any plans for the team, and so far the playing eleven has not been selected. If they play you will know tomorrow (Thursday). '
Shakib equals two players
Regarding the absence of two big players like Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, Mominul said, "I think three players are missing because the Shakib brothers are equal to two players." Yes, their absence will be challenging. But now there is no scope to think much about it. We have to move forward. I think every player is more focused because of their absence and will play with extra responsibility.
The mentality of players changed in the last years
Regarding the change in Bangladesh cricket since the status of Test playing in 2000, Mominul said, 'I think the mentality of the players has changed. Players have become more disciplined. Apart from this, they are also more eager to play a five-day match.
Mominul will lead Test captain for the first time
Mominul, 28, is a left-handed batsman and has scored 2613 runs in 36 matches so far in his Test career. Mominul does not even have the experience of leading a big home team, but despite this he was handed the captaincy of Bangladesh national team in the Test series against India.