Mahmudullah
Mahmudullah (AFP Photo)

Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah has credited a change in the way he approaches his batting in Test cricket behind his return to form as he struck a fine century with Bangladesh scoring a mammoth 508 in their first innings against West Indies on Saturday.

Mahmudullah top-scored for the hosts hitting 136 off 242, an innings which was laced with 10 fours. In reply, West Indies were tottering at 75/5 and still trailing by 433 runs when the play on Day 2 ended.

It was Mahmudullah’s third century in Test cricket and he revealed that on previous occassions, his mindset would be that of how he bats in ODIs but a slight tweak has worked wonders for him now.

”I think I made slight mental adjustments [for Test] cricket as I felt I would try to bat the way I do in the ODIs,” Mahmudullah was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz on Saturday. “I wanted to bat positively. If the first ball is there for me to hit for a four, I would go after it. I have been thinking from the second Test against Zimbabwe. I wanted to remain positive, nothing more than that.”

Speaking about his 111-run partnership with captain Shakib Al Hasan, who scored 80, the 32-year-old said the ball wasn’t coming easily on to the bat during the first day and so his strategy was to minimise the risks. “The ball wasn’t coming on to bat. When Shakib and I were batting on the first day, we had to work hard. I think we hit only a couple of boundaries. I wanted to be positive but take minimum risks,” he said.