INDORE, Nov 15, 2019 (BSS)- Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo urged
his batsmen to put up fight in the second innings even though a certain
defeat in the first Test in Indore looked to be on the cards.
He said they should learn from the Indian batsmen to how they go to their
business despite losing two key players in Cheteshwar Pujara and captain
Virat Kohli in quick succession. With India reeling to 119-3, following those
two batsmen’s dismissal, Mayank Agarwal, playing only his eighth Test shared
a 190-run partnership with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane to set the platform
“We have to learn from some of the other players go about their business,
so it will be great if our players was watching how the Indian batters went
about their business,” Domingo said.
He said some batsmen should jump out of the box to make it bigger in the
second innings, so that they could at least push India vehemently.
“It was a tough day. Full credit goes to India. They have absolutely
dominated us in the last two days. Still three days to go. It is a very tough
situation, but it provides a great opportunity for somebody to jump out of
the box. There are so many guys who are averaging 20 or 30. We need somebody
to make that big 100, 150, 200 like Mayank did today. So it is a great
opportunity for our batters to do that in the second innings,” he added.
Regardless of the match condition, he praised Mominul Haque captaincy.
“It is a very inexperienced Test team. It was Mominul’s first day as
captain in the field. It is a tough place to be a captain. But he is a calm
and composed guy. I am sure he would have learned a great deal today. It is
very hard to judge him on one Test match in India after two tough days. He
will grow into the job. He has all the right attributes. He is a good young
player. He is eager to learn. I think he commands respect as he is such a
calm person,” he added.
While Mominul’s decision to bat first was backfired, Domingo believes it
was a good decision.
“Not at all [it can be a bad decision]. It becomes harder to bat on as the
game progresses. We would have been in the game if we could ourselves 280. We
could have had a chance. We fell away in the middle and lower order
yesterday,” he said.