We now feel unbeatable at home: Shakib

Aug 23, 2017 03:58 pm

We now feel unbeatable at home: Shakib

The most celebrated all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan, who is the top ranked all-rounder in all three formats of the game gave his view on Bangladesh's change in mentality in an interview with the newspaper, The Guardian of England.

"Previously the mindset was to draw against big teams - try to play five days, make a draw," he told The Guardian.

"But there is no shortage of self-belief at this moment... Now we feel that we are very much unbeatable at home - doesn't matter who we are playing against. So this is the belief that makes a team a very good team, and a winning team."

Shakib has not always been considered among the best all-rounders in the Test format despite being top-ranked on all formats of the game. However, that's not a slight on him since Bangladesh hardly features in Test matches.

Since Shakib's Test debut in 2007, he has featured in 49 of the 56 Tests Bangladesh have played. During that period, teams like Australia and England have played 114 an131 Tests respectively.

That's a huge gap in 'Test action' for Bangladesh compared to the top sides in cricket.

Shakib said: "It is frustrating, we can see the difference. But that's how it is. We can't do anything."

Source: BSS


Imrul emphasizes on performance


Bangladesh left-handed batsman Imrul Kayes has failed to manage his favourite opening spot as his fellow Soumya Sarker has played beautifully in that position for the last several matches.

Although he was slipped from that position and currently playing at No 3 position; it has created a lot of talks around the country’s cricket fraternity.

Imrul faced several questions regarding his move at a press conference on Tuesday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.

The left-handed batsman said: “Maybe I will be batting at No 3 position like previous as part of the team plan. I am sure of management also thinks the same like me. Soumya has been outstanding in that position for last several matches as the head coach keeps his hope on him.”

“Soumya has been fine in that position. For that coach made up his mind to hold onto him in the opening spot. It is a part of his planning,” said the left hander, when he was asked is it a right plan or not?

“Things have changed. It will depend on my performance. If I do well, then I can retain my current position, and if not, then everybody knows what happen,” said Soumya in reply to a query of journalist.

He didn’t say anything regarding the team management decision on him rather than he is interested to talk about how he retained his position in the side.

“I have been serving the national team for the last eight years. I lost my position several times and made a strong comeback. Performance is the key to success. So I want to focus on my performance,” the Satkhira lad explained.

“It’s a positive factor for us as Mominul was included in the side, and it gives a challenge for every player to retain their position. Competition is good for the team and it will also give a chance to the management to pick their best players for the team, he concluded.”