All about Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque

Who is Mominul Haque?

Mominul Haque is a left-arm spinner from Bangladesh, who plays for Rajshahi Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League. He comes from the coastal town of Bangladesh called the Cox’s Bazaar, which is a popular tourist destination.  Mominul enrolled himself at Bangladesh’s biggest sports institute, BKSP to learn Cricket. Soon, he emerged as a dependable cricketer.

The Journey of Mominul Haque

Mominul Haque, also known as Muminul Showrav, is a Bangladeshi cricketer. He made his debut in the 2008-09 season for Dhaka Division against Chittagong Division, in the National Cricket League. He was selected for the World Cup squad in 2010, in the under-19 category. In the following year, the National Cricket Academy named him their 2011 graduate. He continued to play as a middle-order batsman. He was selected for the Bangladesh ‘A’ team for the tour of West Indies. In the opening match of the tour, he scored 150 runs. He scored back-to-back hundreds in First-Class games, proving his credentials in the national scene. The selectors then picked him as a replacement for the injured Shakib Al Hasan for the first two ODIs against West Indies in November 2012.

Mominul Haque Highlights

  1. He played his first match for Bangladesh on March,08, 2013, against Sri Lanka in Galle. He scored 50 runs in his debut match.
  1. In 2013-14, He along with Roshen Silva set the highest partnership in history by making 276 runs.
  1. In November 2015, Mominul scored his fourth Test century to post 443 for Zimbabwe to chase.
  1. Mominul captained Bangladesh A team for the tour of India in September 2015. It was his first tour abroad as a captain.
  1. In 2017 in New Zealand, Mominul participated for the third highest partnership with Tamim for 85 runs out of which his contribution was a 50.
  1. October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Rajshahi Kings team, following the draft for the 2018-19 Bangladesh Premier League. In the same year, against Sri Lanka, Mominul scored his first Test century by scoring 176. He added a 236-run partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim. This century is recorded as his fourth Test century at the Zac Stadium. This match was a draw but gave Mominul the tag of the first Bangladeshi batsman to score two consecutive hundreds in two innings of a test match.
  1. In November 2019, he was selected for the Dhaka Platoon. And in 2021-22, he was picked up by the Comilla Victorians.

Laurels won By Mominul Haque

  • 2012, Mominul won the Man of the Match Award for scoring 53 runs off 28 balls guiding his team to a 4-wicket victory.
  • In 2013, Mominul became the second Bangladeshi batsman after Tamim Iqbal to hit two centuries in consecutive Tests.
  • In 2014, Mominul became the fastest Bangladeshi batsman to reach 1000 Test runs.
  • With his continuous form, Mominul joined the elite club of Everton Weekes, Alec Stewart, Matthew Hayden, Jacques Kallis, Simon Katich and Kumar Sangakkara as batsman with 50-plus scores in nine consecutive matches.
  • He also became the fourth batsman after Weekes; Sunil Gavaskar and Mark Taylor to score 50-plus eleven times in his first twelve tests.
  • In 2015, Mominul Haque became the fifth batsman in cricket history to score 50 in at least one innings of a test match in 11 consecutive test matches, despite having played less than fifteen test matches.
  • 2018, he was one of the ten cricketers to be awarded a central contract by BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) ahead of the 2018 season.
  • In 2020, Mominul was appointed Test captain of the Bangladesh team. The second test match at Eden Gardens was the first ever Day/night test match against India. Mominul became Bangladesh’s first captain in Day/night test match.

But, every rise will see a fall too. For Mominul Haque, the 2015 World Cup was an opportunity to stake his claim but he ended up featuring in just the first two games and failures in both encounters saw him being dropped and hasn’t featured in white-ball cricket thereafter. His domestic records in the shorter formats suggested that his style of play is best-suited for Test cricket but; over the last two years, his form in Test cricket has dimmed a touch that he had early on.

Mominul Haque quits as Bangladesh Test captain

A week back, Mominul stepped down as Captain after a poor run of form so far this year. He announced this decision during a meeting with BCB chiefs at the home of board president Nazmul Hassan. He said that he was unable to contribute as a captain and would feel better if someone else is given the responsibility

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