IND vs BAN 1st Test: It’s my fault – Mominul after the horrific show in batting
Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque had decided to bat in the first Test of the series against India at Indore on Thursday, November 14. His feeling of winning the first toss of his career as a captain had not been comforting. In the first innings, the visitors were able to bat in just over 58.3 overs. At the end of the day, Mominul took responsibility for the entire failure.
“Look, I won the toss and opted for batting. If the run was good, then the batting decision would have been considered correct. In the end we were able to score just 150 runs. I think it’s my fault. If I could get some run more. If I could grow up the partnership with Mushfiqur, more runs would have come. Our position would have been better.”
Bangladesh bundled out for only 150 on day one of the first Test at Holkar Stadium. Although the top-order failed, the main resistance of the team was captain Mominul and Mushfiqur. The duo had added 68 runs in fourth wicket partnership. Mominul was bowled by spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scoring 37 runs.
Although the batsmen were completely unsuccessful in front of the Indian bowlers, Mominul said,
“The wicket was not bad for batting. If that were the case, in some delivery batsmen would have been hurt somewhere else. We haven’t done much in our innings. In the middle, Mushfiq and I were able to score some runs. The wicket was playable.”
Explaining why the batsmen failed, Mominul said, “Our score was not big because we made some bad decisions. Or we might just lose focus.”
Where India took three pacers, Bangladesh dropped Mustafizur Rahman. Instead, the visitors played with an extra batsman. Explaining this, Mominul said, “We are always in favor of playing with an extra batsman in the main XI. So we have taken Rahi and Ebadat as the two pacers. They recently played four days of cricket. So instead of Mustafiz, we gave them more priority.”
India will start the second day trailing by just 64 runs with 9 wickets in hand.