Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Without results, it is difficult to keep believing in process - Mominul. "Captaincy is challenging, not tough," said Mominul
"Captaincy is challenging, not tough," said Mominul
Mominul Haque, the Bangladesh Test captain, was dejected after his team's loss in the second Test against Pakistan, on Wednesday, and said he had failed to help the side's fortunes in the longest format under his captaincy.
It was Mominul's eighth loss in 11 matches as captain as Pakistan beat Bangladesh by an innings and eight runs in Dhaka, in a contest which was marred by rain, with more than two days of play lost. With this defeat, Bangladesh were cleanswept in the two-match series.
The only two Tests that Bangladesh have managed to win under his captaincy have come against Zimbabwe.
“At the end, results matter. Taking that into consideration, probably I failed to reform the Test squad,” Mominul told reporters. “I don't think anyone here believes in the process. Without results, it is very difficult.
“Captaincy is challenging, not tough. I am in this seat because I took on the challenge. Not many take up this challenge. I think it is a privilege. When the team goes through such a phase, it is important how you react (as a captain). I am taking this positively.”
Led by Sajid Khan's 12 wickets in the Test, Pakistan secured a win under fading lights. Mominul believes the pitch wasn't as bad for batting and criticized the batsmen for failing to apply themselves.
“We didn't bat well,” he admitted. “We also missed a good chance in the second innings, mainly due to the top-order failure.
“I really don't think we played aggressively in either innings. If you keep defending the ball, when will you score the runs? Those who got out, they were taking calculated risks. You feel this way because they got out. You have to take runs when it is available. It would have been easier had our top four made runs. When you don't score in the top order, life becomes difficult for the rest of the line-up.
“When you are playing on a turning wicket, you can't defend too much. If you are facing a left-arm spinner, playing through point is a safer option than playing through covers. If you're playing against a right-arm spinner, playing through the covers is harder than playing him through midwicket or mid-on. I think everyone got out playing with the spin. You have to score runs. You can't just keep defending the ball. The question comes up because they were getting out.
“It is important to train according to the conditions and as per the opposition's strength. I think there's very little time to improve on skills when you are busy in international cricket, but you have to use your time well to improve your skills. You have to find your options against specific bowlers,” he concluded.