Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha expressed his elation over Bangladesh’s remarkable victory against Afghanistan in the one-off Test series, describing it as “more than a Test win.” Bangladesh secured a commanding triumph, defeating Afghanistan by a staggering margin of 546 runs, thereby etching their name in the annals of Test cricket with the third highest victory margin in terms of runs.
Hathurusingha particularly commended the younger players for their outstanding contribution in achieving this success. Despite the absence of key players Tamim Iqbal and Shakib al Hasan due to injuries, Bangladesh exhibited a clinical performance on the uncommon green-top wicket in their home country.
“I don’t know whether you all have seen, and actually I have put it on social media, saying that it is more than a Test win. What I meant was, the way we prepared for this game, which we haven’t done before… like how we prepared for the fast and green wicket, and so I thought that [it was] a big win for us to play on that type of wicket and then come out with flying colors,” Hathurusingha stated on Sunday (June 18).
He further emphasized, “So I think it’s just more than a Test win, as well as the new heroes emerged from the performance of that Test match. If the conditions help and the condition is conducive to positive batting, we will definitely do that. That’s how we trained, and we have given freedom to them to score runs. The name of the game is scoring runs.”
Hathurusingha also acknowledged the challenges posed by difficult conditions and highlighted the commendable batting display of Najmul Hossain Shanto in the first two innings, particularly during the initial two hours. He added, “The way they batted calmed the nerves of everybody in the dressing room. So if the conditions allow, we will definitely put the boundaries.”
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