Mushfiqur: 'It is a huge learning experience'

"We created the opportunities but missed some key moments in this Test match. It is a huge learning experience," Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said after his team lost to India in the one-off Test match at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Monday.

Mushfiqur Rahim

Mushfiqur Rahim is unapologetic about playing a big shot that resulted in his dismissal.   -  K.R. Deepak

“We created the opportunities but missed some key moments in this Test match. It is a huge learning experience,” Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said after his team lost to India in the one-off Test match at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Monday.

“It is important that we do well not just for three days in a Test (for better results). We know that it is not easy to do well in Test cricket given the lack of experience among many players in this squad. Except for a couple of players, no one has played more than 10 Test matches,” Mushfiqur explained.

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“Hopefully, the more Tests we play, better will be the results. But, again, it is a privilege and honour to play against the World No. 1 Indian side here,” he said.

“I am enjoying all my three roles as captain, wicketkeeper and batsman. I cannot be rated as the No.1 batsman in my team as my average is 30-plus,” he said.

“Captaincy is not in my hands. It is for someone else to take the call. I love to spend more time in the middle than in the dressing room,” Mushfiqur said.

Mushfiqur was dismissed when he attempted a big shot against Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Justifying the shot, he said he had to use his feet against Ashwin given the nature of the wicket and the close-in cordon of fielders around.

“The shot was on but not executed. It just happens. I don’t think it was a bad shot. You must give credit to the Indian bowlers for their efforts. Every one of them comes up with a plan. These are the things we should learn watching them – have a plan as a bowling unit and execute it,” Mushfiqur observed.

“The biggest lesson from this Test is that we have to learn quickly the art of playing Test cricket. I was not surprised by the nature of the pitch though it is again not the typical Indian turner. Glad that we took the match right into the final day,” the Bangladesh captain said.

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