Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque full of praise for seam recruit Ebadot Hossain


An emotional Mominul Haque was eager to stress the team effort after Bangladesh secured their first Test win in New Zealand.

Haque would reserve special praise for 27-year-old seamer Ebadot Hossain, who was also awarded the man of the match after taking 6 for 46 in New Zealand’s second innings.

While Ebadot was the man who put Bangladesh on the brink of victory the skipper himself put in the hard yards with an epic 370-minute knock off 88.

Mominul said that it was vital for Bangladesh to give the best account of themselves having experienced so much hardship playing in New Zealand.

At the post-match presentation, the Bangladesh captain said: “It was a team work, everyone was keen to win this match.

“Everyone put in their support in all departments.

“We won because of our bowlers, they bowled in the right areas and tried to follow the process as well.

“We know when the sun’s out in New Zealand, the wickets spin and we try to utilise these things.

“Ebadot was unbelievable. Outstanding effort.

“We didn’t play well the last couple of times in the Test matches here, so it was very important to put our legacy to the next level in the Test matches.

“Today I want to forget this and we have to look forward to the Christchurch match as well.”

Ebadot echoed his skipper’s sentiments, stressing how important the win is for Bangladesh cricket.

The seamer also explained his salute celebration is a tribute to his time in the Bangladesh Air Force.

“First of all thanks to Allah,” said Ebadot.

“Secondly, in New Zealand soil, our brothers and teams didn’t get win in the last 21 years. We set a goal this time. We raised our hand. We have to beat New Zealand in their own soil. They are Test champions, our next generation has to beat New Zealand.

“In the last two years, I am working with Ottis Gibson. Conditions are always flat at home.

“We are still learning how to bowl and reverse in away conditions.

“I am trying to hit the top of the stumps. I needed to be a little patient for success to come.

“I am a soldier of Bangladesh Air Force so I know how to do the salute. It was a long story, from volleyball to cricket. I am enjoying cricket, representing Bangladesh and Bangladesh Air Force.”

The second Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand gets underway on 9 January 2022.