“I think we are not very good players against spin,” says Mominul Haque

Proteas spinners destroyed the visiting side’s batting line-up

Simon Harmer and Keshav Maharaj have devastated the Bangladesh batting line-up by all-out them on 83 in the second innings of the second test while Bangladesh skipper Mominul admitted that the batting unit needs more work out to play against spinners.

Both Simon Harmer and Keshav Maharaj devastated the Bangladesh batting side by all-out them on 83 in the second innings of the second test while the Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque admitted that the batting unit needs to more work out to play against spinners especially away from home.

He further highlighted that in Asia spin-side works while in places like South Africa spinners bank on over spin. Over-spin is about a spinner ‘getting over the top of the ball’ to extract bounce.

”I think we are not very good players against spin and it might sound bad, but apart from one or two players, not many players can handle spin well,”

Mominul told reporters after the game.

“Probably, we failed to handle them (over-spin), but what I feel is that after losing a match, a lot of things come in front of you. What I feel is that it is important to know where we want to score runs against the spinners,”

he added.

Both South Africa spinner Harmer and Maharaj took 29 out of the 40 wickets to fall in the test series. Mominul once again pointed out how over-spin plays a key role in places like South Africa.

“Look, the wickets in the subcontinent and elsewhere are different. In the subcontinent, the side-spin works a lot and the sidespin is very important for us in the subcontinent. ‘In this part, over-spin works a lot but in our country, a bowler goes for side-spin due to the conditions. If someone wants to do over-spin, he needs to have technical changes.”

Mominul also backed Rahim for getting out to a reverse sweep at a crucial moment on day 3 of the test. He noted that Rahim has played it regularly in the limited-overs.

”I don’t know why there is so much noise about his reverse sweep, because if you see him, he plays this shot in Tests, ODIs, and T20s. And reverse sweep is a cricketing shot and he can play it.

”If he has this shot (reverse sweep) in his game-plan, he will play and it is not that he did not score runs by playing this shot. I support him and would ask others to support him instead of talking too much about it,”

he reckoned.

Mominul said that he is disappointed that they failed to seize the opportunity against an under-strength South African side. The Proteas missed several of their established Test cricketers as they opted to play in the Indian Premier League.

”It is frustrating as a captain because they were missing several main players and I felt we had a good chance to win at least one Test match. But we failed to seize the opportunity. You have to improve daily team-wise in Test cricket, and not by playing one or two good sessions or three days out of five days.”