Hathurusingha expressed his admiration for the performance of the new opening pair consisting of Zakir Hasan and Mahmudul Hasan, both of whom achieved half-centuries in their comeback match. However, their achievements were somewhat overshadowed by Najmul’s centuries in both innings, along with Mominul Haque’s first Test century in 26 months.
“I was very impressed actually, and for the first time I saw Zakir batting. You know that he got injured after that India game. So he had a really good start to his Test career but for the first time I saw him batting, and what I saw was very impressive. He is good against pace as well as good against spin, very rarely you see the openers good in both,” Hathurusingha remarked, acknowledging the exceptional performance of Zakir Hasan.
“And Joy showed good temperament the way he batted… his record also says that if you get a good start, go with it. So really (taking) positives from those two youngsters as well as very pleased that Mominul is coming into runs as well,” he added, emphasizing the positive aspects of the young players’ performances and expressing satisfaction with Mominul’s return to form.
Hathurusingha also commended the discipline displayed by the pace bowling unit, highlighting their ability to remain composed despite the challenging conditions of a green-top wicket. “The pleasing thing is that even on that fast and bouncy wicket they didn’t get carried away. The way they bowled was so good, a very professional approach. They didn’t use the bouncer for the sake of using it and most of the dismissals were on the front foot, so those little things show the maturity of those fast bowlers that they have come a long way. I am very pleased,” he stated, praising the maturity and professionalism of the fast bowlers.
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