Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, 5th day, Galle

Mushfiqur thrilled with Bangladesh effort

Mohammad Isam in Galle

March 12, 2013

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Mushfiqur Rahim celebrates after scoring a double century, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, March 11, 2013
Mushfiqur Rahim: "I think they are shocked, because they couldn't imagine we would play well" © AFP
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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has called the team's first-ever drawn Test match against Sri Lanka "a huge achievement". He said the draw in Galle was the team's first major step towards becoming consistent in Tests.

"We had never even taken the lead against Sri Lanka in the past," Mushfiqur said. "From this performance, we want to continue being consistent in the second Test. That's how it should be in Test cricket."

Bangladesh posted 638 - their highest Test score - and batted 196 overs, the longest they have managed since getting Test status in 2000. Sri Lanka has been their most frequent Test opponents but they have beaten Bangladesh in all 12 games in the past, often by large margins. Mushfiqur said that their track record against the hosts spurred his side during this Test.

"Our past record against Sri Lanka definitely motivated us. For instance, they have scored 19 or 20 centuries [18 centuries] against us. We stressed on the fact that this is a big opportunity for us. We thought this is a chance for us to make them work hard on the field as we batted on and on.

"The team that often keeps you in the field for days that beat you regularly, we wanted to give it back to them. I think they are shocked, because they couldn't imagine we would play well."

The captain pointed out the different players who had made contributions, mostly with the bat, an end result that is relatively new to him in Tests. "We need a pen and paper to write down the positives in this Test. We had the team's highest score, Ashraful and my highest scores, Mominul's debut fifty, Nasir's maiden 100. I think this was also the highest score in Galle."

Mushfiqur gave a reminder of the circumstances that surrounded his team ahead of the tour and the Test match. Bangladesh has been riddled with injuries to major players and off-field issues that have been brewing since the inception of the BPL last year. In addition, there was a senior player making a comeback in the Test team.

"It was a big game with a lot of pressure on us. We were without two of our senior players. Ashraful bhai came into the side quite late and there was pressure on him to perform.

"I think if we can approach matches and for our batsmen to select which balls to hit and not to hit, we can be a lot more consistent in the future," he said.

He played down the immediate influence of financial benefit which the BCB has recently included in the players' contract for drawn Tests. But Mushfiqur said it was a good move which was in line with the cricketers' belief. The team will now get an extra Tk 100,000 ($1250) for drawing the Galle Test apart from their match fees which has also been recently increased.

"It was always a challenge for us to be competitive over five days. I think the board also thought along these lines that we should get extra remunerations if we can draw a game. I think it is very good, and we have done well."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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Posted by Dunwall on (March 15, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

@Reggaecricket: I dont think you understood what Musfiq was trying to say...he didnt say anything to downplay SL...he simply said, BD team spent a lot of time in fielding in the past tests against SL, but this is the first time SL had to spent time in the field like BD. So, there's your 'Give it back to them' comes into play..

Posted by hystericalnaive on (March 14, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

Well done BD. certainly, your teams batting has improved a lot.

Posted by Reggaecricket on (March 14, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

Give it to them? Learn some humility young man! Great Captains have been humble in victory and in defeat. in this case all you did was get a first innings lead on a dead flat track. Kenya has been Sri lanka and the West Indies, but does that mean they went on to continue dong so? Consistency on different tracks will win you respect. For now, Bangladesh is still several notches below test standard and an lose to any associate member. Keep the talk down and work on repeating the same feats in Colombo!

Posted by thinktank1 on (March 13, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

Being so young, Mushfiqur is doing a good job.

Posted by ashqarmahi on (March 13, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

Get ready for colombo BD boys....i am not taking away the credits but Galle pitch is a batting paradise...colombo pitch may b not....bowling will play crucial part on nxt game....and for fast bowlers...need an immediate solution...!! Hope Tamim will back and bad luck for talented Anamul Haque...and razzak will show his class in test match...

Posted by Shafin1987 on (March 13, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

we need 7/8 tests per year to be a world class team.........will ICC consider this...........one more thing, ICC should make a rule that every test nation is liable to invite other test nations.......so that BD will be invited in India,Aus,Eng,SA in regular basis...........n get a few tests more........n i m sure they will do better then.

Posted by reaz_bd on (March 13, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

Bangladesh bowling wasn't great, which is not good for Bangladesh Cricket Team. Besides, Batting was far more excellent. We can hope it will be consistently good in next test & further more. Whatever, the result was good as have lost every match before this match. May be this is the beginning of a new chapter. Thanks to Allah & hope will keep it on with Bangladesh Cricket Team. Really love cricket, really like Bangladesh Cricket Team.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

BD did without Shakib...i am sure Shakib inclusion would have made big difference in this game specially in bowling dept

Posted by Meety on (March 13, 2013, 1:24 GMT)

@Warm_Coffee on (March 12, 2013, 19:16 GMT) - agree 100%. People can write them off, but only a fool can't see that Bangladesh are improving & with good coaching & support, they will be VERY strong in Asia.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

All this talk for just a first innings lead. It is good to be humble especially when you are a bad team. Next test watch

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

mahmudullah was a surprise. he played so well against the WI. but hasn't done well since, even at the Bpl. Razzak should be back. Sunny is useless. Mushy is amazing. 200 from the captain is what was needed and this giant delivered. |Bd is in good hands.

Posted by bayzid47 on (March 12, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

Well done Musfiq...... You realy made us proud

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 12, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

A lot of people were laughing of BD players will get an extended pay rise just for drawing. Funny it may be but at least Bangladesh are being realistic now because its no secret taking 20 wickets is a mighty task for them in any surface and bowling needs a massive improvement btw. This is what BD needs to do, play session by session and not lose more than 2 wickets. Its about time Bangladesh start to beat the top 8 on a more 'consistent' bases rather than one-off and so far, they have been doing that. But what impressed me the most in this match from Bangladesh is that despite Sri Lanka posting a massive 570, Bangladesh still overcame it and showed great patience, confidence and determination.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 12, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

The pitch must have been batting paradise otherwise Bangladesh and draw ...

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

hey Datta Abhijit you are spot on brother but luckily we havent done this time against the Aussies and are in line for a historic brownwash for the Aussies mate congrats to the Bangal Tigers my second fav time in Asia after my home nation India

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Ok now so that Bangla have drwan a test, Mushfiqr can go on saying things. But it doesn't mean its going to be the same kind of result or the so said turning point. On aflat Galle pitch runs were easy to come.SL scored at a better run rate, where as Bangla scored too slow. Things could be proved better if they draw or win the next test.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Congrats to entire BD Cricket team, their high class performance led by the front from the smartest and intelligent Captain in this very difficult juncture of the country is definitely going to inspire the whole Bangladeshi people as a whole. Good luck and all the best for the remainder of the tour matches. Mushfiqur and the Cricket team make us proud once again as a Bangladeshi.

Posted by diehardbdfan on (March 12, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

Well done bangla tigers!! Love u guys !!! All of your hardwork is finally showing in the match. I wish shakib n mash could b in the team too. Anyway bring razzak in the place of elias sunny. I think mahmudullah have no place in the team. Bring marshall ayub n kick mhmdlh out .

Posted by Sal_H on (March 12, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

Must improve bowling. Now that SL know what Bangladeshi batsmen can do, they will not dare to make such a batting wicket again. Mushfiq and his boys should be prepared.

Posted by shovwar on (March 12, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

Well done and well said. We want to see a new giant in sub continent.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

One line of Mushfique can be the advice for all that is, "I think if we can approach matches and for our batsmen to select which balls to hit and not to hit, we can be a lot more consistent in the future". This could be the most encouraging and informative line for whole team of Bangladesh.

Posted by Thriller_Tiger on (March 12, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

Thrilled!!!

More than me?

Never ever..:p

Posted by MainCulprit on (March 12, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh... You guyz really did well. This is how it should be... No more free-bees for Big teams. Not only this surprised SL, but the entire cricketing world...Bigger expectation now for the next match... ;) Hope SL will take it more serious now...

Posted by BanglaChild on (March 12, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

It's pleasing to see the whole Team play as a unit and with patience. Hats Off to Little Mushie. The pressure has just started. In the second Test, if Bangladesh fails to perform- critics will be singing Galle was a flash in the pan! Session by session and over slots by over slots within a session. Make the best of the few opportunities that we are getting. Congratulations to both Teams. Thanks to the Tigers for making the nation happy and proud.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Great performance by the Royal Tiger. Anyway hope they will focus for the next test match with an intention to win. Gook luck.

Posted by 402_Navata_Complex on (March 12, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Hold on there Mushfiqur! Your team should get a bit more "consistent" before you make any statements... for now, you can enjoy the moment you are in.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

No doubt Bangladesh played well and beyond there fans expectation. But this one huge achievement should be taken as a source for inspiration for coming test matches not as job completion. To be honest there is one big common problem with all the sub continent teams i.e India, Bangladesh, Srilanka and Pakistan, what ever success they achieve, it goes above there head and squander it later on at big time. Last series between India and England, India won the first test match then later on lost shabbily rest of the remaining matches. I hope the Bangladesh Captain Mushfiqur and his team members remain level headed and play the remaining matches with great fighting spirit.

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (March 12, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Is Galle becoming another SSC? SL appears to have the worst set of grounds for Test matches. Not just SL, but in general shouldn't the administrators be pushing hard to produce exciting contest between bat and ball? Is gate revenue for 5 days the only target??

Posted by crindo77 on (March 12, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

Great effort. All the talk of flat pitch and draws and insipid bowling nws, batting out 2 days to make 600+ deserves plenty of credit. Small steps, and the right steps. The captain comes across as passionate and with a plan, and he fittingly scored a great double, all good signs. This is what all cricket fans want to see, progress. England showed it in India last year, when they outspinned and outbatted India, a previously unheard of feat. Again, progress. As a fan of Indian cricket, and cricket in general, I feel India NEED to win Test series in SA and Australia, and show progress, otherwise they should not and will not be considered a good Test team. Meanwhile, well done Bangladesh.

Posted by PadMarley on (March 12, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

Bangladesh should feel the absence of Murali more than any other nation. If not for Murali, BD would have had some more decent test matches against SL. Well played BD!

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 12, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

Bangladesh needs to play more Test Cricket. Last year they only played 2 which is simply not on no wonder they rank right at the bottom whereas the the teams play 8-16 a year. New Zealand haven't played a test match in Bangladesh for a long time now and Australia haven't even played them since 06 such a long time in fact, since Bangladesh got their test status in 2000, Australia have played Bangladesh only twice all in Bangladesh meaning they haven't even invited Bangladesh for a 1 off Test down under. If playing Test against Bangladesh will be so one sided than at least play them in regular ODI series.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Bangladesh played very good odi cricket in recent years but its a bit surprising that they are doing well in tests too as domestic infrastructure for test cricket is very poor here. In last series against windies they played very good in 1st test and took the lead in 1st innings. And lets not forget two of the best batsmen Shakib and Tamim is absent, Shakib is also one of the best all-rounders of the world. Scoring 600+ without them was really a good achievement even though the pitch was extremely flat. Great to see Ashraful doing well, he is not yet 30 so we can still expect plenty from him.

Posted by asikbadhon on (March 12, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

well done tigers,just keep going on!!!!!we are proud of you

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