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Keep calm, don’t get excited: Shakib

Update : 10 Mar 2014, 04:25 PM

There is no other alternative but to gear up and improve their performance on the field, said the country’s leading all-rounder Shakib al Hasan at the ICC World T20 open media session yesterday. Bangladesh have not tasted an international victory in 2014 so far, which has already built enough pressure ahead of their crucial first round games and Shakib believes they should calm down and start fresh.      

“We should not look too far back, but try to correct mistakes from the recent past. We have six days, enough time to improve ourselves. What we have to do in T20 is to keep a calm head and give our best. We become too excited in T20s. Almost everyone has played enough T20s. They have an idea how to play in this format, and win a game. It is not something to be said or discussed. I think everyone is responsible enough to understand these things, and do the right thing for the team,” he said.

Bangladesh’s frustration grew bigger after going down against associate member Afghanistan in the Asia Cup and the two sides will meet again in the World T20 opener on March 16. It’s needless to say with Nepal and Hong Kong the other teams in Group A, the chances are huge for either the home side or the Afghans to progress further.

However, Shakib, who has played 120 T20s other than the 28 T20Is and is vastly experience in the format, said the defeat against Afghanistan should be left behind and they need to take every team seriously.

“I don’t think we should think of Afghanistan much. We have to improve ourselves, and plan to beat bigger teams. Nepal is a big team to us, and we are a big team to Pakistan, India and Australia. An over or a ball can change a T20 game. On paper there can be a favorite but on the day, I don’t think there isn’t any.

“I don’t think about it too much. We should fear everyone because we don’t know much about Nepal and Hong Kong. Say, we score 160, but someone from the other side scores a hundred. Scotland has done that to us. We have to be careful in all the games. It is hard to recover from a mistake in a T20,” he said.

The all-rounder also reminded that too much expectation ruins plans and what they need is just the backing from the home crowd.

“It is played at home, so we have the support. There shouldn’t be too much expectation. They say, ‘The cup is here, we won’t let it go,’ but I think we have to tone that down a bit. Support us, the team will do better. Too much expectation does put pressure. Everyone has to take the result sportingly,” explained the all-rounder, who turns 27 in two weeks.

 

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