We have to be on our toes: Mushfiqur

Mushfiq scores quick firing 41 off just 24 balls. ©Cricket Europe

 

Bangladesh Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim has completed his 12-year journey as a member of Bangladesh national side on May 26. Ahead of the Champions Trophy 2017, Mushfiqur gave an exclusive interview to Dhaka Tribune where he talked about his journey so far, and also about Bangladesh’s possibilities in the forthcoming tournament.

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“It feels amazing and fascinating when I look back and see that I have completed 12 years in international cricket for Bangladesh. I was just a kid at the time when I made my debut. But who wouldn’t have asked for a debut at Lord’s? Bangladesh cricket has come a long way. Being the captain of the Test team, it’s the biggest honour for me,” said Mushfiqur.

However, the 29-year-old is not happy at all with the number of Test matches he got to play over the last one decade. Still he has some special moments to cherish about.
“I have only played 54 Test matches during this period, which is not enough for a cricketer. But still, I think there are a lot of positives. My double hundred against Sri Lanka and the victory in the 100th Test are some of the most special moments in my career,” he said.

Talking about the criticisms he and his other teammates face every now and then whenever they play bad or fail to step up for the team’s cause, the Bogra-born wicketkeeper-batsman said he is okay with criticism but they never play bad cricket deliberately.

“The players who play for the Bangladesh team, try to give our best whenever we wear the jersey and walk out into the field. I don’t mind people criticising me when I don’t play well. But we never, ever play badly deliberately. I have seen so many things during this time, which actually made me a better person, and also a better cricketer.”

Mushfiqur believed the Tigers are in a very tough group in the Champions Trophy, but playing well across departments could bring them positive results. “Practically speaking, we are in a very tough group and have to be on our toes and go match by match. Obviously we have the ability to play better cricket. If things go well in all three departments, we can win,” he concluded.