Bangladesh’s Mominul Haque always goes for the big names. First Don Bradman, now Virat Kohli.
Playing against West Indies, at Chittagong, the 27-year-old left-handed batsman scored his 8th career ton off just 135 balls. Hitting a boundary off Roston Chase’s delivery, in the 50th over of the match, Haque reached his 4th Test hundred in 2018. By doing so, he equaled Virat Kohli’s record of four Test centuries in the year 2018. This is also the sixth Test hundred for Mominul out of the eight Test matches that he has played in Chittagong.
Mominul Haque made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Galle in March 2013, wherein he scored 55 runs in a match that had resulted in a draw. He went on to score a consecutive fifty in the next match. But maiden Test century only came later that year against New Zealand in Chittagong, the first of his six hundred at that venue.
Not so long back, the 23-year-old Mominul Haque had scored a record-breaking fifty against Pakistan in a Test Match at Khulna. He wasn’t a familiar name back then. It was his 10th consecutive fifty and his twelveth overall in his first 13 career matches. Ten consecutive fifties meant he had become a part of an elite list namely Sachin Tendulkar and England’s John Edrich. Players with more than 10 consecutive fifties in Test Cricket are AB de Villiers(12), Virender Sehwag, Vivian Richards, and Gautam Gambhir with 11 each.
By that time Haque had played 24 Test innings and owned an illustrious average of 63.90, the second-highest in the history of Test cricket for players with a minimum of 20 innings. That meant his batting average was only second to Don Bradman.
Highest averages in Test history (minimum 20 innings)
99.94 Sir Donald Bradman (Australia)
63.90 – Mominul Haque (Bangladesh)
60.97 – Graeme Pollock (South Africa)
60.83 – George Headley (West Indies)
60.73 – Herbert Sutcliffe (England)
That match was drawn between Bangladesh and Pakistan and Mominul’s innings was massively overshadowed with Tamim Iqbal’s double hundred and Imrul Kayes’ 150. Today, playing his 59th Test innings, Haque registered a 104-run second wicket partnership with Kayes.
While Virat Kohli has scored four Test hundreds in 18 innings this year, Haque has done the same in 13 innings. In seven matches that he has played this year, Mominul has scored 632 at an average of 48.16 which includes the highest score of 176. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, has scored 1063 runs at 59.05 with 153 as his highest innings score in 10 matches. No other player has scored even close to 1000 runs this year. Mominul Haque comes second in the list for highest Test runs in 2018.
Brendon Taylor, Usman Khawaja, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kusal Mendis, Aiden Markram, and Joe Root have scored two centuries each this year. All of them come second in the list after Kohli and Haque.