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Shakib delighted with series win, vows to improve form

  • Published at 08:54 pm May 29th, 2021
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Shakib al Hasan poses with the Mohammedan jersey in Dhaka Saturday

Speaking of his own performance against SL, Shakib is not a happy man

All-rounder Shakib al Hasan is elated with Bangladesh’s 2-1 series win against Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh lost the last game of the series Friday by 97 runs but two straight wins in the first two matches saw the host nation secure the series, and also jump to the top of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League standing.

However, speaking of his own performance, Shakib is not a happy man.

The left-arm all-rounder in three matches struggled with the bat, scoring just 19 runs at No 3.

Fifteen runs had come in the first game, while in the second and third the No 1 ODI all-rounder was out for a duck and four respectively.

With the ball, the left-arm spinner picked up three wickets bowling 29 overs across the three matches.

Off the three, Shakib bagged one in the first game, two in the second and remained wicket-less in the third, which Bangladesh went on to lose after Sri Lanka posted 286 batting first.

During the jersey-unveiling ceremony of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League side Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited Saturday, Shakib expressed his thoughts to the media.

“You all saw how it went [with the bat]. There is nothing much to rate it. Of course it did not match to my expectation. But that is part of the game and I will have to work to ensure that it doesn’t repeat [in future],” said a dejected Shakib.

Shakib however, is delighted for the team who have won their first series, in any format, against Sri Lanka.

The former Bangladesh captain though emphasized that the result could have been different if the opposition had played better cricket from the start of the series.

Bangladesh in the first two matches were dominant and won despite hiccups in the batting department.

However, in the third match, the scenario had a drastic change as Sri Lanka stood tall in all departments to humble the hosts.  

“We should be proud of the series win and move forward from here. This is the first time we won a series against Sri Lanka, which is very good. A 3-0 win would have been better,” said Shakib.

“The result could have been different if Sri Lanka had played better,” the ace all-rounder added.

The unfinished DPL edition from last year is set to start fresh Monday.

The format however, has been changed to Twenty20 from 50-over cricket to accommodate the tournament in the small time the Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis got in between the packed national team assignments.

Also, Bangladesh Cricket Board and CCDM thought of giving the cricketers some T20 match time as preparation with World T20I scheduled for later this year.

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