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After a disastrous 2021, historic win first Test in New Zealand

Sports Desk || shiningbd

Published: 11:55, 12 January 2022  
After a disastrous 2021, historic win first Test in New Zealand

Following a disastrous 2021, a historic win in the first Test in New Zealand to begin the new year surely breathed new life into Bangladesh cricket and despite a comprehensive defeat in the second Test which saw the series shared at one apiece, Mominul Haque and Co will definitely return armed with belief.

Whether it was Ebadot Hossain's heroics with the ball in the first Test or the collective approach from the bowlers and batters, the Tigers showed that they have the ability to win Tests abroad.

Barring Liton Das's magnificent hundred in the second Test, the performance stood in stark contrast to the first Test as the Tigers got an idea of the areas that still require work if they are to become consistent in the longest format.

"I think the win in the first Test will surely help Bangladesh cricket look forward as a Test team. It is undoubtedly a huge achievement for Bangladesh and it provides confidence for the coming days," former captain and selector Habibul Bashar told.

With the Tigers are scheduled to play series against Sri Lanka and West Indies alongside a tour of South Africa in the coming weeks, Mominul believes they will face further challenges.

"I think it was crucial for us to win the first Test because now everyone believes that we have the ability to win a Test match abroad. Now that we have won a Test, we may gradually go on to win a series. It was crucial to instil that belief in everyone. I think that the belief came after the win in the first Test but we still have a lot of challenges waiting as a team.

"When we used to play abroad, people assumed that we wouldn't play well and that goes for any opponent. We have series against South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies which won't be easy at all. We have to take those challenges and continue the process," said Mominul.

Since suddenly finding himself with the Test captaincy after Shakib Al Hasan's ban in 2019, Mominul has often found himself in the firing line for the Tigers' below-par performances in the format.

There were questions over his leadership qualities after Bangladesh lost eight of eleven Tests under his captaincy, with the only two wins prior to the New Zealand series coming against Zimbabwe.

According to Bashar, Mominul has come out of his shell and matured as a captain.

"It takes some time for any captain. When Mominul was given captaincy, it was a really tough time. What I observed is that he is now bold enough to make decisions on his own. I am not saying he hadn't done that in the past, but now he has that air of authority.

"It's never easy to captain Bangladesh and I think the captain needs to have has his own plans, which Mominul seems to be managing well. He has become bolder than in the past and such a win will help him become even more confident in terms of decision-making," Bashar added. The Daily Star

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