Meet Mominul Haque, a remarkable Bangladeshi cricketer known for his resilience and impressive batting skills. Born on 29 September 1991, Mominul, also known as Muminul Showrav, has left an indelible mark on the world of cricket.
Batting Career of Mominul Haque
Mominul’s cricketing journey began with his first-class cricket debut during the 2008–09 season when he played for Dhaka Division in a National Cricket League (NCL) match against Chittagong Division. While he later made his List A cricket debut for Dhaka Division in the same season, his cricketing journey eventually led him to play for Chittagong in the NCL. As of December 2022, he continues to represent Chittagong in domestic cricket and East Zone in the Bangladesh Cricket League tournament.
His introduction to Twenty20 cricket came in 2011 when he made his debut for a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI against the West Indies. Soon after, he was selected to play for Barisal Burners in the inaugural season of the Bangladesh Premier League in 2012.
One of Mominul’s notable achievements in domestic cricket occurred during the 2013–14 season when he, alongside Roshen Silva, set a new record for the highest fourth-wicket partnership in List A cricket, scoring 276 runs while playing for Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club against Abahani Limited in a Dhaka Premier Division match. This record still stands as of December 2022.
Mominul’s international career commenced with both One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 (T20) debuts against the West Indies during a home series in November and December 2012. He was brought in as a replacement for the injured Shakib Al Hasan. In that match he scored 69 runs and taking two wickets in four matches.
His Test match debut took place in March 2013 against Sri Lanka at Galle. Remarkably, he scored a half-century on his debut and finished the tour with 156 runs in three innings at an average of 52.00 runs per inning in his maiden Test series.
Mominul’s Test cricket career continued to thrive, and in 2013, he achieved his first Test century against New Zealand at Chittagong, scoring precisely 100 runs. In the second Test of the series, he scored another century, becoming only the second Bangladeshi batsman, after Tamim Iqbal, to hit centuries in two consecutive Test matches.
His Test cricket journey progressed further in November 2014 when he scored his fourth Test century, once again at Chittagong, this time against Zimbabwe.
Mominul’s consistency in Test cricket was exemplified when, by May 2015, he had played 15 Test matches and became only the fifth batsman to score a half-century in at least one innings of a Test match in 11 consecutive matches.
In January 2018, he achieved a historic milestone by scoring centuries in both innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka, becoming the first Bangladeshi batsman to achieve this feat in Test cricket.
Test Captaincy (2019–2022)
In October 2019, Mominul was appointed as the captain of Bangladesh’s Test side, taking over from Shakib Al Hasan, who was banned from all forms of cricket for two years by the International Cricket Council.
Under his leadership, Bangladesh secured a significant victory in a one-off Test against Zimbabwe in February 2020. Mominul played a pivotal role in this win, scoring 132 runs, his first century as captain, and equaled Tamim Iqbal’s Bangladesh record of scoring nine Test centuries.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted Bangladesh’s Test cricket schedule.
His final Test series as captain took place against Sri Lanka in May 2022, where Bangladesh experienced a draw and a loss. Following a series of poor batting performances, Mominul resigned as captain, making way for Shakib Al Hasan’s return as Bangladesh’s Test captain.
Records and Achievements
He is one of only six batsmen and the only Bangladeshi to score 11 or more consecutive scores of at least fifty in Test matches. He was the first Bangladeshi to score centuries in both innings of a Test match and the first Bangladeshi batsman to score ten centuries in Test cricket.
As of December 2022, Mominul has scored 11 centuries in Test matches, the most by any Bangladeshi batsman. While he has excelled in the longest format, he is yet to score a century in either One Day International (ODI) or Twenty20 International cricket.