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POST TIME: 2 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Mominul frustrated at not prolonging his innings
Sports Reporter, Ctg

Mominul frustrated at not
prolonging his innings

Bangladesh top order batsman Mominul Haque speaks at a press conference at the end of second day of first Test match against Sri Lanka in Chittagong yesterday. BCB Photo

Mominul Haque dismissed the speculation of giving a fitting reply to former head coach Chandika Hathurusingha’s negative mindset on him with his wild celebration after hitting a century. He reasoned that he made the celebration what was unusual for him, only to get back amongst the runs as he took it as a challenge. “There’s no specific reason. It was my own challenge. I haven’t been scoring a hundred for a long time, so I was happy to reach the milestone,” Mominul said.

The man, adorably called as ‘pocket dynamo’ however was frustrated not to prolong the innings on day two when he had the genuine chance of scoring his maiden double century. He just added one run to his overnight 175 and was out on 176 in the third over of the day.

“I am quite happy with what I have done but I think I should have contributed a bit more for the team,” he said. “It would be wrong to say I am not satisfied with the effort. I am happy with the innings. I should have probably played a bit longer, perhaps another session.”

“One has to bat session by session to get from 150 to 200. I think previously I used to bat for myself, when I got to 70s or 80s. Now that’s over. I am now focused on sessions by session, so that I can get a bigger score.”

Mominul wasn’t in Hathurusingha’s good book and it is believed his lack of form from a Bardman-esque batting average was extended only because of the previous coach’s step-mother like behavior.

“I wasn’t thinking about the past. I was getting out in the 60s, 70s or 80 so I challenged myself to get a big score. The teammates supported me a lot, and when I was going through a hard time I got the support of the whole country,” he said.

However Mominul believed that they have the chance to gain a considerable first innings lead with the pitch showing some cracks.

“Taijul and Sunzamul Islam bowled well towards the end. I think there will be more turn tomorrow. The last hour had a bit more turn. There is more cracking in these wickets,” he said.

Sri Lanka’s veteran spinner Rangana Herath however believed the game is in the balance but he refused to reveal whether they have the chance to dominate the game.

“It looks like an even contest now. We need to score the 300 runs first before getting into any kind of situation,” Herath said.

 “There’s something for the spinners from the third day onwards. I can see some turn even after tea today.”