Mominul

Born September 29, 1991, Mominul Haque is a Bangladeshi cricketer, a left-handed promising batsman who has already made a name for himself in Test cricket. An elegant and consistent run-scorer in the domestic circuit, Haque has been quite impressive in his sporadic Test appearances. Suraj Choudhari writes 12 lesser known things about the calm and composed middle-order assailant.

 

1.  Nickname

Haque is affectionately known as ‘Showrab’.

2.  Earned an ODI call after terrific performances

Haque had always been on the selection radar for his productive run in the domestic circuit, and he finally got his dividends paid when he was selected for the One-Day International (ODI) series against the West Indies in November 2012. His back-to-back First-Class centuries highlighted his presence in the domestic side and further and proved vital for his future.

3.  Impactful debut

Haque had an impressive Test debut where he scored a tenacious half-century against Sri Lanka. He fired 55 off 83 deliveries which contained nine exquisite boundaries.

4.  Good debut series

Haque finished his maiden Test series on a high. Against Sri Lanka, he scored 156 runs at an average of 52 with couple of half-centuries to his name.

5.  Went to BKSP

Haque was a raw talent and was lucky enough to have been spotted early. He learnt the insights of cricket from BKSP School which is also Bangladesh’s premier sports institute.

6.  Captain

Haque also led the Bangladesh A side for their tour to India in their own den recently.

7.  Test specialist

Haque is primarily observed as a Test specialist, for his mettle and temperament. His technique fits best while playing with the red ball and his stats are a testament to that. In 17 Tests, Haque amassed 1,456 runs at a remarkable average of 56, and has four career-defining centuries to his name.

8.  AB record

Haque was on the brink of breaking AB de Villiers record of consecutive 12 Test half-centuries when his streak of 50 plus Test scores ended in 11 games on a trot. He splendid run was breached when he was dismissed for 30 in the Fatullah Test against India, in June 2015. His consecutive 11 Test fifties shot him to limelight as he found himself in the privileged alliance of Vivian Richards, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.

9.  Short heighted

Haque’s height of 5.35 feet makes him one of the shortest cricketers to currently active in international cricket.

10.  BPL

Haque represented Barisal Burners and Sylhet Royals in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

11.  181 against New Zealand

Haque’s finest performance in Test cricket came against New Zealand, in the first Test of the series at home. He smashed 181 in the first innings and helped his side to recover and survive the game as it resulted in a draw.

12.  Yet to prove in ODIs

Even though Haque has a phenomenal record in whites, he is yet to prove his worth in shorter formats especially ODIs. In 26 ODIs he has played so, Haque has an ordinary average of 23.60 with just three half-centuries in his basket.

 

(Suraj Choudhari, an avid cricket follower who plays the sport at club level, is a staffer with Criclife)