Having won seven out of the nine ODIs, Bangladesh were confident enough of beating West Indies in the ICC World Cup 2019 game in Taunton. After winning the 23rd match of the ongoing World Cup edition, Shakib Al Hasan revealed some interesting facts. The star all-rounder said that before coming back on the ground to chase, the team was chilling in the dressing room. He noted that the positive attitude from everyone gave a lot of confident to the side.
“No one in the dressing room felt it would be tough. It gave a lot of confidence and belief,” said Shakib.
After winning the toss, Bangladesh opted to bowl and dismissed the Windies attacking batsman, Chris Gayle in early overs. Windies players then took command of the first innings of the game and ended up scoring 321 runs. It was Bangladesh’s second World Cup clash where they crossed the mark of 300-runs easily. And given their record in the past few ODI series played against West Indies, Bangladesh was confident to chase the formidable total.
The batting allrounder of Bangladesh floored the opponent with his sensational performance. The vice-captain himself believed that the pace set up by the openers from the beginning built the game.
“The way the openers started the innings, it further made the dressing room comfortable. At no point did we panic. It was the best part of the chase,” he said.
Bangladesh floored West Indies by seven wickets with 51 balls left to be bowled.
Shakib became the highest run-getter of the World Cup 2019
While chasing the target of 322, Shakib made a dazzling score of 124* runs off 99 balls with the help of 16 fours. Before the Windies clash, the skipper had scored 121 runs from 119 balls against England. In fact, in all the matches of the World Cup 2019, Shakib has reached half-century.
With two centuries and half-centuries, Shakib is now the leading run-getter of the tournament. Five games into the tournament and Shakib has 384 runs from four innings. Talking about his batting, the southpaw looks forward to keeping his calm and giving his best in the rest four games.
He said, “at this moment I’m seeing the ball really well. I think it is one of the key part of my batting that I’ve been watching the ball really well at this moment.
And I’m getting more time when I’m batting. So it’s been helping me a lot. But I keep on saying one thing – that at least four more matches left and it’s the midway of the tournament. So I have to be patient and I have to start every innings the way I’ve been starting.”
Partnership with Liton Das, helped the skipper keep cool in the game
Shakib lauded the way Liton Das batted in his debut World Cup. The last time Liton played an international game for the team was in 2015 in ODI series against Ireland. And coming in after three-four games in the tournament, the pressure was high for the player.
Nonetheless, Liton did his bid and remained unhinged, swiftly hitting a huge score. Denoting to this performance by his teammate, Shakib praised the way 24-years-old handled the pressure.
“He never put me under pressure during the chase, so that was the best part in his innings,” he said.
“And first match in the World Cup, coming into the team after three or four games, it’s not an easy situation for a player. But the way he handled the pressure was brilliant. After I think 10, 15 balls, the way he batted, I think it was a treat to watch. I enjoyed his batting from the nonstriker end.”
Liton’s impeccable innings of 94 not out from 69 balls became one of the best World Cup debut. Next up, Bangladesh will go up against Australia on June 20 following which Afghanistan, India and Pakistan game will be their next targets.