Ever since getting the Test status 17 years back, this will be the first time Bangladesh will play a five-day series in India. According to many, the one-off Test match against India is a historical one and Tigers captain Mushfiqur Rahim informed that it’s the best time for Bangladesh to play a match there.
Mushfiq said they are ready to play in such a way that the Indian board will invite Bangladesh more in the coming days.
“I get a little surprised, I don’t believe that this is a historic Test. For example, when we play against Zimbabwe, the pressure is more because if we lose against them then there is nothing more shameful than that. We have a good team now. The team that we have, at least we want to tell world cricket what we can do after going to India,” Mushfiq told the media yesterday in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium before heading to India.
“I don’t think about how many years later we are going to play in India. We want to play in such a way that India invite us again and again. This to me is just another Test match,” he said.
Bangladesh will depart today morning for Hyderabad where the Tigers will take part in a two-day practice match against India A, before the only Test starts from February 9. According to Mushfiq, the Tigers will put emphasis on playing consistent cricket in all the five days.
“The target is obviously to do well. We want to improve with every match. And in Test cricket, we haven’t been playing well in the last two years, but in the last series we did well. There were individual brilliances. But the thing that we have learnt from the last series is that despite individual brilliance, you may lose a match,” said Mushfiq.
“This is our aim, everyone has to pitch in, this is our target that everyone plays well. India have fielded their best team. We will try, not to compete just for three days but all five days,” he said.
The 29-year old wicketkeeper-batsman informed that his thumb injury has improved a lot and that he is hopeful of keeping wickets against India.