Everyone was confident, which helped us to execute our plan. I think we have a lot to prove. We have started well.
Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan said the team was confident to pull out a win in their opening match against South Africa at the Oval on Sunday.
“I think it was a special day for Bangladesh cricket, to start so well against tough opponents in the World Cup. We had the belief but we had to portray it in our performance. Everyone was confident, which helped us to execute our plan. I think we have a lot to prove. We have started well. I think that we are in a good place, mentally. If we can continue in this manner, we can go a long way in the tournament,” Shakib said after the match.
“We still have eight matches to go, so a lot of difficulties await us. Other teams will now be careful against us. It is good because they may be a tensed about facing us. But at the other hand, they would also be quite focused, and we have to do well against them. We have to prepare better, and execute our plans better,” he added.
Shakib was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant all-round performance in the first match. He scored 75 off 84 deliveries with eight boundaries and one six. Shakib, who bowled tightly in the high-scoring match, conceding 50 runs in 10 overs, also took the important wicket of opener Aiden Markram by bowling him out at the crucial stage of the game.
By taking the wicket, Shakib became the quickest player in the history of the game to achieve 250 ODI wickets and 5000-plus runs. He is the fifth all-rounder to achieve the double and the other four are South Africa’s Jacques Kallis, Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzak.
Shakib was happy to contribute for the team but the number one all-rounder of the world vows to give more.
“From a personal point of view, it was a really good day. I could contribute to the team, and there were some personal achievements.”
“Unlike previous World Cups, we will try to finish well this time. There’s obviously advantage when you start well but we have eight matches remaining, so there’ll be a lot to do for the team,” he concluded.