Mominul Haque is busy in playing domestic matches in Bangladesh. From his busy schedule, he gave time to CricketSoccer for an exclusive interview where he spoke about his career, about former coach and his dream.
Here are the excerpts:
CricketSoccer (CS): It’s been almost six years since you made your debut in international cricket and now you have become the most dependable batsman for Bangladesh in the longer format of the game. How would you describe your journey?
Mominul Haque (MH): Ohh, it’s been a fantastic experience. Representing Bangladesh in the world of Cricket has always been my biggest dream. I am happy with what I have achieved both for me and my country. I personally feel that I am still new in international cricket and I have to learn a lot.
CS: In the recently concluded test series against Sri Lanka, to be more specific, in the Chittagong test, you have created history being the first batsman from Bangladesh to score centuries in both the innings of a test match. How would you describe the experience?
MH: It was a very exciting moment. If I didn’t score hundred in the second innings of the match, we might lose the test. I am happy that I can contribute for the cause of the team.
CS: The way you celebrate your century, was there any message that you wanted to send someone?
MH: (laughs) Not at all. I know, many thought that I wanted to send some message. But it’s not true. Actually, I didn’t score a century since 2014. I was not happy with my performance. When I reached 90, I became pretty nervous. I was very relieved once I touched the three-figure mark.
CS: Once it was thought that you fall in trouble to face the short balls. How did you overcome that?
MH: Look, I never felt that I cannot handle short balls. I firmly believe that when you are riding a stiff staircase, you are bound to face problems. If you have hesitation whether you will be able to reach your destination, there is every possibility that you fail. Similarly, in cricket, if you fear that you may face problem against short balls, the situation might get worse. I had self-belief and the result is in front of everyone.
CS: You got dropped from the playing XI in the Galle test last year during the Sri Lanka series and it was told that your weakness against offspinner Dilruwan Perera was the reason behind it. How did you tackle that situation?
MH: I might have faced some problems. But I have overcome the challenges only with working hard. I had a vigorous training session of almost one and a half months under my personal Coach Mohammad Salauddin, who also happens to be the coach of Shakib Al Hasan. Sir told me how to tackle the problem and I have improved a lot.
CS: Can you tell us about the role of the former Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha in your career?
MH: It was Hathurusingha who made me realise my flaws. I take it positively. I believe that getting dropped was a good thing for me. It made me more hungry for success. I became more confident. That phase was like a purifier in my career, which dragged out most of the weaknesses. But to be honest, I followed the tips of my personal Coach and overcame all the odds.
CS: You have become a dependable batsman in test format. But why do you not get to play limited overs cricket regularly?
MH: Maybe it’s because of the fact that I didn’t have a great start in my One Day international career. I scored only 3 fifties while in Test, I scored big.
CS: Looking into the 2019 World Cup, do you dream for an opportunity in the ODI team?
MH: Yes of course. I am very hopeful of making a comeback into the ODI team. I am working harder. Let’s hope for the best.
CS: You have been playing international cricket for almost six years now. What is your biggest achievement?
MH: To be able to represent the Bangladesh national team is obviously my biggest achievement. Not many people get this opportunity. I want to contribute for my country. That is the biggest motivation for me.