Mahmudullah, who cracked a fine 136 against the Windies in the Dhaka Test, said that he tried to change his approach towards batting in the traditional format of the game by taking the aggressive route, reports Cricbuzz.
Mahmudullah’s knock also helped the Asian nation to accrue an imposing 508 on the board. The home side’s spinners then ran through the heart of Windies’ batting order to leave the visitors perilously placed at 75 for 5, still trailing by 433.
”I think I made slight mental adjustments [for Test] cricket as I felt I would try to bat the way I do in the ODIs,” Mahmudullah told reporters.
“I wanted to bat positively. If the first ball is there for me to hit for a four, I would go after it. I have been thinking from the second Test against Zimbabwe. I wanted to remain positive, nothing more than that,” he added.
Mahmudullah observed that as the wicket was on the slower side, he and Shakib Al Hasan also had to work hard to navigate through the initial period. “The ball wasn’t coming on to bat. When Shakib and I were batting on the first day, we had to work hard. I think we hit only a couple of boundaries. I wanted to be positive but take minimum risks.”
Windies spinner Jomel Warrican stressed his team is still looking to get a good score after being reduced to 75 for 5. “I guess the guys played for too much turn and clearly the ball kept straight and lost the key wickets. We just need to apply ourselves tomorrow, the batsmen to come, and get Windies off to a good start in the morning and a good total.
“It is not an ideal position we want to be in as a team, after fielding for so long. A bit disappointed for the team but we’ve got to come back tomorrow and bounce back. Hopefully, Hetmyer and Shane Dowrich can get a big score because they look very good batting and take it into the fourth day.”
The spinner, however, refused to blame the pitch for his team’s implosion. “It’s a day two wicket. When Bangladesh batted it was a Day 1 wicket and much better.
We didn’t play well ourselves and bat good enough.”