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Off late, Bangladesh cricket has been on the rise. They have raised their game in the recent past and have given tough competition to some of the best teams right now. And their record is even more impressive when they play at home which adds to their advantage. One of their senior-most and experienced players Shakib al Hasan has made a strong statement about the team’s performance at home and has rated Bangladesh ‘Unbeatable’ at home.
Even though Bangladesh have only won 9 out of the 100 Test matches they’ve played since 2000, Bangladesh have had an impressive run at home in the past couple of years. They drew a two match Test series against England ‘one-all’ in 2016 and likewise drew another series against the Lankans in March 2017 who had just white-washed the Aussies 3-0. And now the Aussies are in Bangladesh after 11 years, and Shakib is quite confident about his team’s morale,
“Previously the mindset was to draw against big teams – try to play five days, make a draw, But we never used to get the result. Then we started thinking, let’s try to win – let’s try to play and win the game. It’s the mindset that changed, and that made us believe that we can win.”
Shakib is proud the way his team has improved over the years, and much of the credit should be given to the positive approach of the youngsters to win matches.
“It’s been a long journey,” Shakib said. “It’s been incredible. I don’t think many people thought – even in Bangladesh – that we can come this far. We knew that we have this ability, and we needed that belief, and we can only get this belief by winning matches. 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. “