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Razzak on Shakib: This is the best form of his career

  • Published at 05:01 pm June 18th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan plays a shot during their World Cup match against the West Indies in Taunton Monday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Taunton

Razzak said people around him had strongly predicted a Bangladesh defeat with such a mammoth target to chase. However, the left-arm spinner did not lose hope which was driven from the experience of having played at the venue in Taunton

Bangladesh spinner Abdur Razzak had complete faith on Bangladesh even after West Indies had put 321 runs on the board. Razzak’s faith was met with batting heroics from Shakib Al Hasan and Liton Das guided the Tigers to a record chase against the Windies in the World Cup. A win against the Caribbean side by seven wickets meant Bangladesh not only picked up their second win in the competition in five matches, but also kept their chances alive in the 10-nation tournament.

Razzak said people around him had strongly predicted a Bangladesh defeat with such a mammoth target to chase. However, the left-arm spinner did not lose hope which was driven from the experience of having played at the venue in Taunton.

“I know the ground at Taunton; I’ve played over there, and on a wicket which wasn’t seaming meant they had a chance. It was a batter’s wicket and at Taunton, 320 isn’t an easy target but it isn’t that hard either,” said Razzak on Tuesday.

“Bangladesh had started well with the bat and then Shakib and Liton were brilliant to put on that 189-run partnership and take them over the line,” Razzak added.

While chasing the big target, Bangladesh had a decent start with openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar adding 48 and 29 runs, respectively to the board at a fiery rate. But the chief role was played by an in-form Shakib as he registered his second consecutive ton in the tournament as he remained unbeaten on 121.

Photo: MD Manik from Taunton

“At this moment, I have to say Shakib Al Hasan is the most in-form all-rounder in the world. He is in very good touch with his bowling and his batting has been brilliant at this year’s World Cup,” said Razzak who has featured in 13 Tests and 153 ODIs for Bangladesh. 

“He (Shakib) made another century in the win over the West Indies, his second in this tournament with two other half-centuries. He is the number one all-rounder in the ICC rankings for a reason and he is in tremendous form. In fact, I have never seen him play like this – the consistency he is showing is incredible. I have played with him many times over the years but this is the best form of his career,” the veteran added.

Shakib’s herculean effort was well complemented by Liton who had made a comeback to the playing eleven in the game. The right-handed batsman had all the pressure of the earth on him for coming in as a replacement to Mohammad Mithun. The right-handed batsman however, shrugged all the strain pulling up a brilliant unbeaten 94 runs innings in his comeback game.

“It’s really difficult coming into the team in the middle of such a tournament, so Liton was definitely under pressure. When a new player comes to play in a big game, in a big tournament, with this type of atmosphere - it is really tough. It was a pressure moment and he coped very nicely. He showed what he can do as a player and it’s exciting for Bangladesh cricket,” said Razzak.

Bangladesh’s chance for securing a semi final berth is practically tough. The Tigers need at least three wins in four matches to move forward in the competition. Razzak believes the win over West Indies will surely give Bangladesh the boost as they take on mighty Australia next at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

“Each and every game is very important because if you lose one now, it will be really difficult to go through. This one was crucial and the game against Australia at Trent Bridge on Thursday is the same but this confidence will help them. They will believe they can beat anyone because they are playing really good cricket,” said Razzak who is still the third highest wicket-taker for Bangladesh despite having played his last ODI in 2014.