Having been bundled out for just 150 on the opening day of the first Test, skipper Mominul Haque believes that Bangladesh was not mentally prepared to take on the Indian bowlers. Mohammad Shami destroyed the visitors with some outstanding bowling and grabbed three scalps by the end of the day.
“The wicket was not unplayable in my opinion. I think we are playing against the number one bowling side in the world. We have to be mentally stronger to play against them,” the Bangladesh Test captain said.
“We were mentally behind them. If the wicket was unplayable then a lot of batsmen would be hit on the body. The wicket was not unplayable. If the wicket was completely unplayable, then neither me nor Mushfiqur Rahim could have scored runs. The problem was in our decision making with help for the pacers, Bangladesh lost their openers to Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma. Mohammad Mithun was Shami’s first wicket before Mominul and Rahim collaborated to score 68 for the third wicket. While Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah fell to R Ashwin, Shami landed the knockout blow with the wicket of Rahim before Tea.
“At the international level 140kmph is the benchmark. If we can’t prepare ourselves to face this sort of pace that is our failure,” Mominul said. “It is not like that we are not mentally ready. I think it may sound funny to you but before starting any series you people have a big impact.
“Before the Afghanistan series, you [media] people made a hype of Rashid Khan. Though we do not want to think like that bit it will come to your mind (when you talk a lot about these things). At times what happens is that I do not think about it before you ask me. But when you asked me, we started thinking about it. The human mind works in this way but I think we have to be mentally strong more at this level.”
Bangladesh took a gutsy decision to bat first on a surface with a generous smattering of grass and Mominul accepted that, in hindsight, the strategy may have been misplaced.
“We were bundled out cheaply and I think it was my fault and my decision was bad. We have a mentality of playing one more batsman as we do not play three the pacers at all,” he said.
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