According to Shakib al Hasan, Bangladesh batsmen need to regroup and come back stronger when they lock horns with Afghanistan
The dearth of an opening stand has been blamed for Bangladesh’s poor show in their Asia Cup matches against Afghanistan and India in the UAE.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das and the left-handed Nazmul Hossain Shanto had taken charge of the Bangladesh opening stand since Tamim Iqbal left the scene with injury. The duo however, have not been able to live upto expectation, thus making the BCB take the absurd selections of bringing in two more openers in the shape of Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar.
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan however, sees it as a failure of the entire batting department, and did not lay blame on particular individuals.
The Tigers are on the verge of a do-or-die situation as they take on Afghanistan in their second Super Four game in Abu Dhabi Sunday. In the event of a defeat, the Tigers will have to count on mathematical equation and win the last game of the round in order to keep their chances alive of making it to the final.
@BCBtigers ODI vice-captain @Sah75official found the inclusions of openers Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar “unusual” due to the manner in which they were announced.https://t.co/maCGEaI5OU#BCB #TIGERS #BCBTIGERS #CRICKET #BANGLADESH #BANGLADESHCRICKET #SHAKIB #SHAKIBALHASAN #IMRUL— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) September 22, 2018
According to Shakib, Bangladesh batsmen need to regroup and come back stronger when they lock horns with Afghanistan.
“Overall, we have not batted well. To tell the truth, it was only against Sri Lanka, and that too one innings. Apart from that, no one played well. So, for three matches on the trot, we have not played good cricket, especially batting. There is a lot of room for improvement, and it is not just the top-order, the middle-order or the lower-order. It is in all areas that we have to be better,” said Shakib to the media in Dubai Saturday.
Bangladesh in their previous encounter with Afghanistan (in the last group stage match) had gone with a casual approach for strategical reasons. But the way the batsmen responded, getting all out for just 119 runs chasing 256, had raised concerns.
However, Shakib is hopeful of a comeback.
@BCBtigers ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza said there is no reason for his side to lose hope, bearing in mind that there are still two matches remaining for the Tigers in the Super Four phase of the Asia Cup.https://t.co/SIXqVFRrtE#BCBTIGERS #BCB #TIGERS #CRICKET #MASHRAFE— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) September 21, 2018
“It is because we have been in situations like this before but have successfully overcome them, I believe that we have the ability to do that now. We have to try and play the cricket we are used to playing. Of course it won’t be easy to play the natural game in this situation, but even then I don’t think we are in any situation that cannot be overcome,” Shakib explained.
The Afghan bowling, led by leg-spinner Rashid Khan, is the biggest hurdle the Tigers will have to overcome in order to meet their ambition.
Bangladesh in their last four encounters against Afghanistan, in three T20Is and one ODI, lost on all the occasions and the tricky Afghan spinners was the chief reason behind their downfall.
When queried if there is a mental block when the Bangladesh batsmen face the Afghan attack, Shakib said, “I don’t think the situation calls for thinking that deeply. We should focus on what kind of cricket we are used to playing and the type of cricket we should play. I don’t think we should be thinking about who we are playing against. If we can keep our side of things okay, on our day we feel that we have the ability to beat any team in the world, especially in ODIs.”