Recently appointed Test skipper Mominul Haque believes that his side will not be stressing too much about the prospect of playing India at home conditions but instead thinks that Bangladesh is going to relish the challenge. On the eve of the first Test in Indore, the 28-year-old said the lukewarm expectations from his side to upset the apple-cart will also bring the added benefit of starting the series without ‘pressure’. “I think the positive thing [about this Test series] is that it is an opportunity. When you are playing with the number one side of the world who are very strong in all the three departments, if you do well it will create an opportunity for you. We don’t have that much pressure or expectation that we have to win. We will try to play our best cricket,” he said.
“I always try to think about the present, not about the past or future. India is such a team that they can give you a challenge in different ways. You can’t say they only challenged South Africa with spin bowling. Maybe they will challenge us with a spin attack. We are ready to face both spin and pace attack challenge from India. It will be a tough challenge for us. But we are preparing to face it,” Mominul said.
The skipper acknowledged that the absence of seniors like Shakib and Tamim Iqbal could prove to be a factor but refused to believe that his team was short on practice when it came to red-ball cricket.
“I don’t think there is any lack of preparation. If you look into our squad then you will see eight of the players have played quite a few four-day games recently. I have played eight to ten four-day games in the last five-six months. Every player was among matches recently so I don’t think it will be a big problem,” Mominul said.
“Yes, it will be challenging [because of the absence of Shakib and Tamim], but there is no scope of thinking about it too much now. Shakibbhai is equal to two players. So the absence of Shakibbhai and Tamimbhai will be like missing three players. We have to move away. I think due to their absence, everyone is more focused as we missing like three key players in playing eleven. In that sense I think everyone will play with extra responsibility,” he said.
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