'Now the coaching staff is so calm that they don’t allow us to panic'
Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan gave due credit to their coaching staff for bringing calmness and positivity among players as Bangladesh have started to win matches with clinical performances in recent months in ODIs.
Bangladesh have clinched the tri-series ODI series in Ireland as unbeaten champions. The Tigers started the Word Cup with a bang - defeating South Africa in their opening game. They lost the second game against New Zealand by a narrow margin. The third match was a tough game for the Tigers against hosts England but they have bounced back strongly against West Indies and chased down the 322-run target with 51 balls to spare and seven wickets in hand.
Bangladesh lost two wickets in successive overs but Shakib al Hasan and Liton Kumar Das formed an unbeaten 189-run partnership to guide them home.
When asked about whether they felt any pressure while chasing down a big total even after losing two quick wickets, player of the match Shakib said the team was confident during the innings break and believed they can win.
“A lot of the credit should go to the coaching staff. We used to panic a lot in the dressing room, in the past, which was a big problem. Now the coaching staff is so calm that they don’t allow us to panic. When we see them listening to the radio or just relaxing, we also see it that way. It is contagious, you know, panic. I think this mentality has helped our mindset when chasing big totals,” said Shakib after the match to the media in Monday.
Steve Rhodes is the head coach of Bangladesh national team and legendary West Indies pacer Courtney Walsh is working as the bowling coach while former South Africa batsman Neil McKenzie is the batting coach. The other members of the coaching staff include Ryan Cook as fielding coach, Mario Villavarayan as fitness trainer, Thihan Chandramohan as physiotherapist and Shrinivas Chandrasekaran as High Performance Analyst.
Bangladesh’s next match is against Australia at Nottingham on Thursday.