Technical or psychological – what is Mominul suffering from?



Mominul is averaging just 13.83 in 2022. © Getty

The lean period that Mominul Haque has been going through has been going on for quite some time now. Since hitting 88 against New Zealand in January this year, Mominul has only hit double digits twice in 12 innings – 13* and 37 in the same series. With no less than 12 single-digit scores and a low average of 13.83 in 2022, the 30-year-old has certainly had a torrid time with the bat. Whether the problems are technical or mental have been the discussions in Bangladesh cricket circles.

Mominul stepped down as test captain ahead of the West Indies tour to focus on his batting. However, he performed poorly in the first test, recording scores of 0 and 4 in Antigua. It’s been over a year since Mominul, who has the most Test centuries among all players in Bangladesh, scored his last ton and it remains to be seen if he will retain his place for the second Test.

Shakib Al Hasan, who took over as Test captain ahead of this series, said he would speak to the out-of-form hitter to check if he needed a break, and was welcome to have one. one if he insists. “It’s hard for me to say (if he needs a break) but I talk to him regularly and we’ll talk again and if he thinks he needs a break it can happen,” he said. Shakib after the seven-wicket defeat.

A day earlier, head coach Russell Domingo pointed out that Mominul lacks confidence, which can make it quite difficult to score points with that mindset. The pattern of returns in the opening test, with Mominul being caught on the second slide by Jayden Seales in the first inning and trapped in front by Kyle Mayers in the second, could validate Domingo’s observations as the batter was rather late to the ball at two times. .

Meanwhile, Mohammad Salahuddin, Mominul’s childhood mentor who has worked with him since his days at BKSP – the sports institute in Bangladesh from which Mominul graduated – believes that a break will not solve his problems as long as the reason for his failures will not be identified, whether technical or mental.

“I don’t think the break is a solution,” Salahuddin told Cricbuzz on Monday (June 20). “The main thing is that he has to work hard to perform well and now we have to find out what area he has to work in because unless that is found it would be an exercise in futility. Those who struggle with form mainly work on technical problems.

“But it may be a psychological problem for Mominul this time around. If it’s a technical problem, I think he’ll get his form back soon, but if it’s mental, there’s definitely a lot of work to do. As he came out early, I think there may be some technical issues with his stick,” Salahuddin said.

Salahuddin also feels that Mominul didn’t score at his usual strike rate and seems more concerned with staying at the wicket instead of running. Mominul’s strike rate has dropped significantly lately – while previously scoring over 50 runs, Mominul’s 166 runs in 13 innings in 2022 reached a strike rate of 35.47. Salahuddin insists playing his natural game would be the best way to get his rhythm back.

“Different people will give different opinions. I think Mominul should play the way he wants at bat. You can score a fifty but if he doesn’t play easily he can’t pick up the pace and I feel what’s important for him is that he finds his rhythm,” Salahuddin said. “I think he should find the problem and play accordingly and even if he fails for a while, even then I don’t think it be a problem (until he plays his natural game).

“When a batsman scores runs, he doesn’t think too much in his mind. I think Mominul has to remove all the things like staying in the crease, playing like this or like that, etc. When he scores runs, he doesn’t” I don’t see these things. But now he has a lot of images in his head and now he has to delete them,” Salahuddin pointed out.

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