Hyderabad Test nothing historic, just a platform to prove our mettle: Mushfiqur
Bangladesh’s upcoming tour of India certainly weighs a lot of significance, which is beyond any doubt. Since acquiring the Test status 16 years ago, Bangladesh have played bilateral series in each and every Test playing country, except for India. But at last, Bangladesh cricket team are going to play a Test match on India soil when they will take on the hosts in Hyderabad from February 9. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ মুশফিকের চোখে সেরা স্কোয়াড]
While the entire world is waiting to witness the epic encounter, this tour is anything but ‘historic’ to Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh’s Test skipper. According to Mushfiqur, it’s a challenge for the whole Tigers outfit. What’s that challenge all about? “This is a challenge to prove our mettle so that India invite us again to play on their soil very soon,” says Mushfiqur.
However, Mushfiqur also knows how difficult it will be to play against India in their familiar condition, for which the visiting sides have nothing to lose, but a lot to win. “On their own terf, India are a very good side. I have seen their squad. That’s a very strong unit. Playing good cricket in two or three days won’t be enough. We have to play good cricket for all five days of the game.”
Asked what will be his individual target for the tour, Mushfiqur said: “Individual good performance won’t mean anything. We have to play as a team. Hopefully the guys who have been in good touch will keep it up, while the others not in so good form too will find themselves in this match. Team effort is the key to success, and the most important element to play the determining role between win and lose. If we can deliver the goods unitedly, we will be able to succeed”
Regarding his own fitness, Mushfiqur said: “By the grace of Almighty Allah, I have almost recovered from the injury. Still nine days left for the Test to start. Before that, we will get several practice sessions and also a practice match. Hopefully I will get full fitness by the practice match. Besides a wicketkeeper always has some pain on his fingers. I just have to manage them in a proper way.”
The pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman is not playing in the Test against India. Though he doesn’t have any medical complexity, selectors have left him out, saying he still needs to work work on his fitness. While Mushfiqur knows what the absence of Mustafizur means for the team, he doesn’t want to rue regarding this, rather hopes Mustafizur will use this break to gain full fitness.
“Mustafizur is always a very important part of our team. I want him in every single match. We all want to see him play in all three formats. But his well being is the most important thing. We have the Sri Lanka series coming up. Later we will also have to play the Champions Trophy. In all, we have a hectic few months awaiting us, and we would like to have Mustafizur’s service in those crucial periods,” said Mushfiqur.
The Tigers Test captain also believes not playing in the India Test will be a blessing in disguise for the Fizz. “At the same time, it is quite difficult for a bowler to play five days of a Test cricket immediately coming on the back of an injury. If he played the match and in the process sustained another injury, that would be the worst case we can think about,” he said.
Mushfiqur rubbished out all the claiming that the Test against India is going to be historic. “I don’t see anything sort of historic in it. We have pressure even while playing against Zimbabwe, because we know there will rise many issues and criticisms if we lose to them. So we remain desperate to win against them. In a similar way, we also have a lot to prove against Zimbabwe. We have to see ourselves and show the world how we fare on Indian soil. But at the end of the day, it’s going to be just another Test match. We will try to perform in a way that the Indians can’t help but invite us again.”
To be noted, Bangladesh national selectors announced a 15-member Tigers squad for the lone Test against India on Wednesday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur. Apart from Mushfiqur Rahim, top-order batsmen Mominul Haque and Imrul Kayes, who missed Bangladesh’s previous Test in Christchurch with injuries, also returned to the squad, along with the fast bowler Shafiul Islam, who is the replacement for the cutter master Mustafizur Rahman.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com