Captain Mushfiqur Rahim praises Bangladesh’s first ever drawn Test match against Sri Lanka.
Skipper and double-ton hero Mushfiqur Rahim has rushed to congratulate his team after a Test match full of achievements for the Bangledeshis.
Mushfiqur now thinks that his side need to build on this result in order to become a stronger and more consistent side and to shake off the tag of Test minnows.
“We had never taken the lead against Sri Lanka in the past,” the Bangladesh captain told ESPN.
“From this performance we want to continue being consistent in the second Test. That’s how it should be in Test cricket.
“I think they [Sri Lanka] are shocked, because they couldn’t imagine we would play so well.”
As well as it being the first time that Mushfiqur’s side have drawn against Sri Lanka – the hosts have beaten them on the previous 12 occasions – it was also the highest total ever amassed by a Bangladeshi Test side.
The 638 the visitors scored would have been impressive for any side and the 196 overs they batted out was the most they had ever faced, since obtaining Test status in 2000.
As well as all the team milestones there was also a landmark reached by their 24-year-old skipper. Mushfiqur became the first man from his country to score a Test match double century, which he celebrated enthusiastically.
The result will be an even bigger pleasure for the Bangladesh team as the BCB have recently introduced bonuses for the players if they manage to draw or win a Test match.
This will serve as a further incentive when the two sides meet again in the second and last Test of the series in Colombo on Saturday.