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Was looking to score triple hundred, says Mushfiqur


Bangladesh’s premier batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has taken himself to new heights, scoring his third Test double hundred against Zimbabwe in the lone Test on Monday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.Mushfiqur 300

While the cricketer is happy with whatever he has achieved, he also revealed that he had wanted to extend his innings to a triple ton. The 32-year-old cricketer said this while addressing the press following the third day’s play.

Mushfiqur’s first two double centuries in Test cricket came as a wicketkeeper-batsman. But in his latest 203 not-out against Zimbabwe, he played as a specialist batsman only, while Liton Das was operating behind the stump.

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Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque declared the first innings immediately after Mushfiqur’s double ton. So question remains, if Mushfiqur could become the first Bangladesh batsman to score 300-plus as well, and what he personally felt about it.

“Of course, I too had that plan [to score triple hundred],” said Mushfiqur. “Maybe I did not expect they would declare the innings so soon. We still had two more days in our hand.”

Having said that, Mushfiqur also believes in the mantra of “team comes first”.

“We did not have any plan regarding declaration even during the tea break. I got to know just half an hour ago that we would be giving last 8 overs to them [Zimbabwe],” Mushfiqur added.

So far five double centuries came from the Bangladeshi batsmen in Test cricket, with Mushfiqur alone smacking three of them. The other two belong to Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan.

Bangladesh batsmen have been struggling to get runs of late. Specially the juniors are yet to prove their mettle. Does that mean they are still not ready for the longest version of the game? Are they incapable of scoring big? Mushfiqur does not think so.

“When I had scored my last double century against Zimbabwe, a similar question arose. But I think scoring a triple century is very much possible. It is possible for everyone batting at the top order. Had Shanto batted till the tea break today, he could have scored a triple hundred. If I can [score big], why not others?”

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