Bangladesh Captain Mushfiqur Rahim wants to use the motivation from 2010’s series and once again demolish the New Zealand team. He said, “We are inspired by the victory we achieved in 2010’s series. If the team can give their best in this series we expect best result to come for our side. I will try to play my best.”
Mushfiq made his debut at Lords in 2005. He had led the under-17 and under-19 National Team earlier. He led the under-19 team in the World Cup. On his first match against the Caribbeans, he scored 41 runs from 26 balls in a T-20 and brought a victory to Bangladesh team. He highlighted his name by winning the ODI series against them by 3-2. He was also awarded Man-of-the-Series for scoring 204 runs in 5 matches.
At a press conference organized on Tuesday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium prior to the first Test, Bangladesh captain said, “We have played good cricket in the recent matches but couldn’t grab a win. We had to lose despite going close to our target. This time, against New Zealand, we want to haul the victory.”
Mushfiq made a double-century against Sri Lanka this year and was awarded the man-of-the-match. His success led the Bangladesh team to a draw of the Test series on the fifth day of play. He wants to perform well again this time, and lead the team to a victory. He said, “I want to perform good individually besides the team. I want to be the player of the series.”
The National team’s wicket keeper commented on Shakib’s success in the 2010 series at home ground and said,” I am proud to have such a world-class player in my team. I am expecting him to perform against New Zealand just as he did three years ago.”
The National team’s captain expressed a little disappointment on the abandonment of the practice match due to rain. He said, “New Zealand team might have more problems than us for not getting to play the practice match.”
The new wickets will not be a problem, Mushfiq added. “It will be more difficult for them [New Zealand] compared to us. Hopefully we will be able to cope with the new wickets.”
Mushfiqur Rahim is the only double centurion in Test from the Bangladesh Cricket Team. Up-to-date, he scored 2 centuries and 11 half-centuries in 34 Test matches; collecting a total of 1993 runs at an average of 32.14. In addition, he scored a total of 2326 runs in 119 ODI’s, at an average of 25.84 and collected 1 century along with 11 half-centuries.