Mominul calls for building on belief Tigers gained
Mominul feels teams will now take Bangladesh more seriously, and the challenge will not be any no less than it has been.
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Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque has now set his sights into upcoming series that will be played over the next six months.
It was a huge upset in the first Test against New Zealand at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, where Bangladesh claimed a historic eight-wicket victory. They did not repeat the same in Christchurch as they succumbed to heavy defeat of an innings and 117 runs.
Mominul now wants his men to grow on the belief they gained from the first Test and start performing consistently to seal series some time in future.
"There's a lot of work to do with our Test team," he said at the post-match press conference after losing the second Test inside three days. "I got captaincy role during a critical time. I used to dream about beating big teams at that time. I think winning the first Test was really vital for us. Now everyone believes that we have the potential to win Test matches in overseas.
"Now that we have won a Test, we will hopefully win another and gradually start winning series. I think everyone has got this belief from the first Test."
Bangladesh's Test team will next take on South Africa in an away series in March-April. They will then host Sri Lanka in May before heading to the Caribbean in June-July. Mominul feels teams will now take Bangladesh more seriously, and the challenge will not be any no less than it has been.
"We have more challenges coming up. Previously when we used to tour nobody had given us a chance. Now all teams will be more aware of us. We have South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies series ahead. I think the challenges will be greater and we have to accept those."
After a 176.2-over marathon of 458 runs in the first innings of the first Test that gave them 130-run lead, Bangladesh folded for only 126 after New Zealand made 521/6d. In contrast to other batters in the second innings, Liton Das made his opportunity count and hit a sublime hundred.
"Our batting in the first innings was terrible," Mominul lamented Tigers' batting efforts. "We did not live up to the expectations with the ball too. Yet Rabbi and Sohan played good innings. As a captain and a senior player, I feel we could have done better. Liton's second-innings hundred was brilliant. Sohan did well here too."