Mahmudullah Riyad, who is leading the side in the Test series against Zimbabwe in the absence of Shakib Al Hasan says the challenge of captaining Bangladesh is one that brings the out of him, reports Cricbuzz.
Having blanked Zimbabwe 3-0 in the recently-concluded ODI series, hosts Bangladesh are keen on capitalising on the winning momentum as the teams head into a two-match Test series, starting on Saturday (November 3), in Sylhet.
Mahmudullah, who is leading the squad in the absence of the injured Shakib Al Hasan, stressed on his side’s need to keep their feet on the ground and to ensure they tick all the boxes when they play Zimbabwe.
“We will try our hundred percent to bring a positive result. We won the ODI series and are taking that confidence with us to the Test series. We are not taking anything for granted because they are a capable side and can always make a comeback. Test cricket is such a format where every session is a challenge and we need to make sure we achieve all the small goals that we want to achieve,” Mahmudullah told reporters.
“It always brings a good feeling leading the national team but at the same time it also puts some added responsibility. ”
“We did not perform according to our expectations in (the Caribbean) and to be honest we performed badly (in the tour). We do have a big chance to prove our worth in home conditions and if we can do well in the opening Test by executing our skill, then surely we can take that confidence forward in the next Test,” he said.