Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque said that his team lacked the mental strength in front of India’s world-class pace attack on the first day of the first Test match in Indore on Thursday.

The visitors were bowled for 150 after opting to bat first against India’s formidable pace attack. Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav shared seven Bangladeshi wickets between them. Bangladeshi lower-order looked intimidated while facing the Indian pacers.

Bangladesh skipper said the wicket was not unplayable at all. He explained he and Musfiqur Rahim fought back with the runs that they scored but the team will have to be mentally strong against the No, 1 Test team.

When asked about his decision to bat first, Bang skipper said the question wouldn’t have asked if their top-order batsman could have been able to score big runs.

He was asked whether the environment was ideal for preparation during the players’strike back home, Haque looked cautious while answering it. He said he played in nine domestic matches in the last 5 months which was quite good preparation. He added one can’t expect the same quality of bowling in domestic cricket what he has to face in the international circuit. It is totally different.

Haque also asked why Bangladesh’s seasoned campaigner Musfiqur Rahim came at No.5 instead of 4. Bangladesh captain said it was a decision of team management who thought Rahim will be better suited at that position.

Bangladesh had a terrifying start in the first innings as they could only manage to score 150 runs in the first innings on Thursday. Indian bowlers especially Shami and Umesh Yadav looked brilliant and sometimes unplayable. Due to their dominating performance, the visitors could never really settled at the crease and always looked in uncomfort. In reply, India was at 83 for 1 wicket after the end of Day 1.

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