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Shakib prefers batting late after bowling workload

  • Published at 07:18 pm September 4th, 2019
Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan talks with coach Russell Domingo during training in Chittagong Wednesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Chittagong

Shakib al Hasan has been the answer to Bangladesh’s struggles with the No 3 position as the southpaw has been batting there in 50-over cricket for more than 18 months now

Bangladesh Test captain Shakib al Hasan believes it is better for him to bat late in the order in five-day cricket, considering his workload with the ball. 

Left-handed batsman Shakib has recently been the most successful batter at No 3 for Bangladesh.

Shakib has been the answer to Bangladesh’s struggles with the No 3 position as the southpaw has been batting there in 50-over cricket for more than 18 months now.

The all-rounder has been in the limelight recently following his brilliant form with the willow in the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, scoring 606 runs in eight innings with five half-centuries and two centuries.

He finished as the third highest-scorer in the tournament.

“A bowler has to bowl a lot of overs [in Test] when played in Bangladesh or the sub-continent. It is tough to bat at the top-order right after you have bowled. If there is a time when I am able to cut my work with the ball, I can think of batting early. I had batted at four when I played the last [Test] against the West Indies [last year] but honestly, it is tough to bat in that position if there is early dismissal and I have just come bowling 20-30 overs,” Shakib explained to the media at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium Wednesday.

“For a batsman, concentration is very important in Test cricket. It is important to keep yourself fresh to be able to concentrate. So I think it is wise for me to bat late,” Shakib added.

Discussions have been plenty with regards to the probable bowling combination that Bangladesh will go with in the one-off Test match against Afghanistan, scheduled to start at ZACS Thursday. 

It is likely that the Bangladesh think-tank will walk on the path of tradition, which is basing their bowling attack on spin rather than pace.

The mentality of not relying on the pacers much has often attracted criticism and it is no different this time around. 

The 32-year old however, has backed the approach. 

He kept his cards close to his chest regarding their plans for Afghanistan but did strongly back their decision to have more spinners, than pacers, on the field.

“I personally do not take these [criticism] into account. We do not criticize when a team have three or four pacers and no spinners in the field playing in conditions like England and Australia. I do not think there is anything to think about. I do not think of all these at all. Our focus is on winning the game and for that if we need to play two or three seamers, we will do that. We will play one seamer [if we think that is right]. We will try to back the decision that we take and work according to the plan,” said Shakib.