Dhaka, Bangladesh
Mushfiq speaks in a positive tone

Mushfiq speaks in a positive tone

Former national skipper Mushfiqur Rahim spoke in a positive frame of mind two days before the second Test match scheduled to begin at Sher-e- Bangla National Stadium, reports BSS. One of the leading batsmen of Bangladesh Cricket, Mushfiq talking to press at Mirpur Stadium on Tuesday said to sports scribes that he hope to find a more sporting wicket in the coming Test match here at this venue. Mushfiq who was involved in a record third-wickets stand with Mominul Haque during Tigers' first innings at Chittagong, hopes that the Mirpur wicket will be different from the flat batting track at Chittagong. The Chittagong placid track saw 1533 runs milked by both teams with only 24 wickets fell. Batsmen from both teams scored quite heavily while the poor bowlers from both sides literally sweated at the port city wicket. Though despite the batting track, Bangladesh had to use all their resources to salvage a comfortable draw in the end. So it was very surprising Mushfiq's positive approach today at Mirpur. Mushfiqur Rahim said that the Mirpur wicket should be a different from Chittagong where bowlers toiled hard to dismiss a batsman. He admitted that Tigers bowlers did not bowl to their true potentials and could have done better in the first Test. Diminutive star performer with the bat for Bangladesh Mushfiq reminded the reporters that Tigers have beaten likes of England and Australia in recent home series. So Mushfiqur was confident that Tigers were capable of winning the last Test against the Lankans to win the series and believed that taking 20 wickets is key to get a result. "The bowlers did not do too well. We need to pick up 20 wickets in the second Test in order to win the Test match and I hope the Mirpur wicket would be different to that of Chittagong. Mushfiqur Rahim who became a proud father on Monday when his wife Jannatul Kifayet gave birth to their first child at a local hospital was beaming with confident as he admitted that his added responsibility of roll of captain and wicket keeper is no longer required, so he has a lees burden therefore would love to concentrate more on batting. He was in sublime touch in Chittagong Test when the ace batsman was unlucky to miss his ton as he was out for majestic 92 and in the second essay, he again scored time consuming 18 runs. So if Bangladesh wants to win the series his special efforts will be needed as the team is already without the mercurial Shakib Al Hasan. "There is less responsibility for me since I am not the captain and I'm also not the wicket-keeper anymore. So, batting will be my main focus for the upcoming Test. So that Bangladesh can pile up imposing total to put pressure on the Lankan batsmen.

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