Bangladesh Cricket Captain Shakib Al Hasan Opens Up About Team’s Batting Woes – Must-Read Insight

In a recent press conference, Bangladesh’s cricket captain, Shakib Al Hasan, voiced his concerns about the team’s subpar performance in the batting department over the past few months.

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“Our batting has been on a downward spiral for the last six months in ODIs, starting with the series against England and later Afghanistan. Now, in this tournament, we need to work on it,” Shakib said after last night’s loss against Sri Lanka.

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Since the beginning of this year, Bangladesh has played 16 One Day Internationals (ODIs), with a mixed record of 7 wins, 7 losses, and 2 matches resulting in no decisions. The team suffered a 2-1 series loss to England at home, secured 2-0 victories in both home and away series against Ireland, and faced a 2-1 defeat against Afghanistan on home turf in July. Their performance in the ongoing Asia Cup has been disappointing, with three out of four matches resulting in losses, including two defeats to Sri Lanka and one to Pakistan. In all three losses, Bangladesh’s batting lineup collapsed against the opposition. They managed to score over 300 runs only once, in a victory against Afghanistan where they posted a formidable 334/5, largely thanks to twin centuries from Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmul Hossain Shanto.

In their Super Four clash against Sri Lanka at the Asia Cup 2023, Bangladesh was chasing a target of 258 but was bowled out for 236. Except for youngster Towhid Hridoy, who fought valiantly with a score of 82, none of their batsmen managed to cross the 30-run mark.

Shakib stressed the urgency of addressing the team’s batting woes, stating, “We are concerned about our batting and need to analyze these areas and work on them for improvement. This tournament before the World Cup will be immensely beneficial because it provides a reality check.”

The Bangladesh captain also highlighted the team’s contrasting performance in bilateral series and major tournaments, acknowledging their strength in the former but the need for improvement in the latter. “We perform well in bilateral series, and you cannot label us a bad team, but our true test comes in these major tournaments where we haven’t been performing as expected.”

Reflecting on Bangladesh’s history in World Cup competitions, where they have won three matches in each edition since 2011, Shakib added, “We won three matches in the 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019 World Cups, so there are criticisms, but we often fall short when we face a reality check. It’s good that the Asia Cup was held before the World Cup, giving us a chance to identify and rectify our issues. We may lack a history of success in big tournaments, despite making it to two or three finals in the Asia Cup, but we remain a promising side.”

Bangladesh is gearing up to kick off their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on October 7th at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala. The team’s performance in the upcoming tournament will be closely scrutinized as they strive to address their batting issues and make a mark on the international stage.

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