Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza wants the senior quatret of Tigers Test team to step up in the two-match Test series against Australia. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ চার সিনিয়রের কাছে মাশরাফির চাওয়া]
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah Riyad are the most experienced players in current Bangladesh Test team. The expectations will be higher on them. Mashrafe feels that opener Imrul Kayes and all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz will also play key roles.
“I expect our four senior players to put a price on their wicket. They must put up a statement in the middle that the young players can follow. Tamim is in the best form of his career. He and Imrul can provide a good start.
“We have Shakib and [Mehidy Hasan] in our spin department. If one of the fast bowlers have a good spell of three or four wickets, there will be a possibility for us. These will be expected when the situation arises in the match,” said Mashrafe.
The ODI captain believes that the change of mindset is making the difference between the old Bangladesh and new Bangladesh.
“More important than winning or losing is their mentality. I am witnessing in the dressing room that their mindset is setting them apart from previous teams, and they are in the making of bigger things in the next two years.
“It is encouraging enough to think that they will fight, which is a better expectation than only hoping for a result. This has also been their best preparation ahead of any Test series,” he added.
Mashrafe is the only active Bangladeshi player who has played a Test against Australia (four Tests).
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com