Video: Positive mindset was the key to success: Mahmudullah
Mahmudullah Riyad, who was the man of the day for his brilliant hundred believes the change in his approach in the longer format of the game has helped him grow. [Read in Bangla: ঘুরে দাঁড়ানোর টনিক সাকিবের একটি ‘কথা’]
Bangladesh started the day with skipper Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah and both were well set at the crease. Although the skipper missed his well deserved hundred, Mahmudullah made sure to reach the landmark and he ended up scoring his career-best score.
Before this year, Mahmdullah scored his last hundred eight years ago and now he has scored hundreds in back to back series. And the 32-year old believes a slight change in the mental adjustment has made him a better player in the Test format.
After the end of day’s play, Mahmudullah told reporters:
“I think I made slight mental adjustments [for Test] cricket as I felt I would try to bat the way I do in the ODIs. I wanted to bat positively. If the first ball is there for me to hit for a four, I would go after it. I have been thinking from the second Test against Zimbabwe. I wanted to remain positive, nothing more than that.”
Mahmudullah also insisted that he and Shakib worked very hard to score runs in this tricky wicket.
“The ball wasn’t coming on to bat. When Shakib and I were batting on the first day, we had to work hard. I think we hit only a couple of boundaries. I wanted to be positive but take minimum risks,” he concluded.