'Wasn't aware of the declaration; I could've reached my triple century' - Mushfiqur Rahim

‘Wasn’t aware of the declaration; I could’ve reached my triple century’ – Mushfiqur Rahim

Mushfiqur Rahim scored third double century in his Test career.

Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Bangladesh is currently involved in the Only Test against Zimbabwe in which they are in the prime position to win the game. And, Mushfiqur Rahim set the winning stage for his side with his third double in his Test career. But, there was one thing with which he looked quite unimpressed at the end of Day-3 of the game.

On Monday, Rahim became the all-time leading run-scorer for Bangladesh in Tests with 4413 runs that comprises of three double centuries. On Day-3 of the Test, Bangladesh declared their innings when Rahim was playing on his individual score off 203* runs. He looked pretty settled and was fluently moving towards his triple century. But the team management and skipper had some other plans, who shattered the dreams of Rahim’s triple ton in the longer format.

Mushfiqur Rahim unimpressed with the decision of the team

After the conclusion of Day-3, Mushfiqur Rahim said that he wasn’t aware of the fact that the team is planning for a declaration. According to him, with two days in hand, they could have batted more in order to put more pressure on the opposition.

He came to know about the same just 30 minutes before that his team wants to make Zimbabwe play seven or eight overs in the last session. He also added that if they were batting till the last then it would have been easier for him to score his first triple century. But, he didn’t question anyone over the same after entering into the dressing room.

“I wasn’t aware that we would be declared today. I felt that with two days in hand and by batting more on this wicket, we could have helped deteriorate it further. There wasn’t any discussion about declaration during the tea break, and we only heard thirty minutes before that we want to give Zimbabwe six to eight overs to bat later in the session.

“If we were still batting, it would have been easier for me [to get a triple], had Liton got to his hundred. Perhaps in the first session tomorrow, I could have reached [the triple-century]. I didn’t ask about the decision, but it could be [due to the weather]. But our bowling attack is capable to bowl them out,” Mushfiqur Rahim said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

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