The visitors will have to put the disappointment of their slip-up in the recently concluded T20 series behind as they get ready to take on Team India in the red-ball format before shifting their focus to the pink ball which for the Day-Night Test in Eden. Led by newly-appointed skipper for Tests, MominulHaque, Bangladeshi camp began their preparation for the series opener at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. According to Mohammad Mithun though, despite the limited-overs series defeat, all is not lost for they got some self-belief.
“Look, in the past, no one gave us any chance when it comes to beating Team India in a T20 and that too in their backyard. But our players had that belief. Whenever we play, whether it is a difficult or easy opponent, we try to win the match. It happens sometimes and it doesn’t on other occasions. We are disappointed that we could not win the last game despite creating chances, and at the same time now we are looking forward to doing well in the Test series,” Mithun told reporters at the press conference on Tuesday.
“We get down to the field with the mindset of winning the match. It is not a T20 match that we will try to win immediately. Here, every session will be important. The first two hours are as important as the last two hours. So we need to win session by session to create our chances of winning the game.”
Bangladeshi batsmen will also get the opportunity to work with batting consultant Neil McKenzie who was their white-ball batting consultant up until now.
“We all know the strength of their bowling line-up. We are working on how to tackle their spinners because we feel it will be difficult for their spinners than their pace bowlers. It is batting friendly for the first two days but afterward, their spinners come into play as they try to attack their opponents keeping them at the forefront. We are working on some technical aspects keeping our focus on how to handle them,” Mithun said of their first session with McKenzie.
“We are looking at our strength more than focusing on their weakness because no team could do well at their [India’s] home [in the recent past]. We are looking forward to doing well here. It won’t be easy and we need to work hard. The five bowlers they have we cannot take anyone lightly because everyone is world-class. So it is not like we will work for any specific bowler. If we want to do well we have to do well against all the five bowlers, playing them with the utmost seriousness.
“If we build up a partnership and later two or three wickets fall quickly we will be on the back foot again. The match is open for five days. It’s not only the middle order but the top-order needs to perform as well because that will make the workload of the middle-order easier. We have to be consistent in each session,” he concluded.
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