Dissimilar to the past two events that Shakib Al Hasan had gone to the public interview during the irregular Test against Afghanistan, there was no grin on the Bangladesh commander’s face yesterday following an embarrassing 224-run rout at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
Why not? With downpour enabling only 13 balls to be bowled in the initial two sessions of the fifth and last day, Bangladesh had simply to endure 18.3 overs or 70 minutes with four wickets close by and, above all, with Shakib at the wrinkle.
There were numerous supplications by nearby supporters for downpour to wash out the whole day’s play, yet it appeared that fate was not to be denied for the meriting victors as the Bangladesh players demonstrated barely any character, of which there was bounty in the resistance camp, notwithstanding Afghanistan playing only their third Test.
It was Shakib’s unpleasant shot choice, when he went for a remove the main ball he looked after play continued and just figured out how to edge chinaman bowler Zahir Khan, that was the mallet blow for the hosts.
It didn’t take long for Afghanistan to wrap up the Bangladesh innings. Soumya Sarkar was the main perceived batsman and he turned into the last wicket to fall as player-of-the-match and Afghan captain Rashid Khan got his eleventh wicket of the match, having gotten a five-for in Bangladesh’s first innings.
When analyzing their presentation after the match, Shakib was asked what number of imprints, out of hundred, he would give his group for the exhibition in the course of recent days, and his answer was brief and to the point: “Zero’.’
That made one miracle concerning why a group, in the wake of playing Tests for a long time, would not get even one point from their commander and the thing that said about the way of life of cricket in the nation.
“It is unquestionably difficult to acknowledge [the result]. It is exceptionally baffling in light of the fact that we had four wickets and we needed to play one hour and ten minutes. It’s hard to clarify about the others’ [dismissals], however I can clarify mine. Since I got this show on the road off the principal ball, that made the circumstance extremely hard for the group. The duty is for the most part on me. I could have managed without playing the cut, as the ball was not there for that shot,” Shakib told correspondents when asked that it was so difficult to acknowledge the outcome.
Despite the fact that he was not willing to call the annihilation a despicable one, he said that if Bangladesh truly need to improve in Test cricket they have to improve the nature of the players.
“On the off chance that we need to play all the more reliably, we have to improve the nature of the players. We need greater quality players. Else, we should keep counts on conditions and circumstances favoring us,” he said.
Over the need to improve the household structure, there was a touch of needle in the skipper’s voice when he said that it ought to have been cared for from the minute Bangladesh began playing Test cricket 19 years back and that he isn’t the one to respond to that question.
It is surely a precarious tumble from being one of the top contenders to win the man-of-the-competition grant in the ongoing World Cup to being forced to bear a lowering misfortune. Whenever inquired as to whether it was a troublesome progress to acknowledge, Shakib stated, “I am correct where I have consistently been, after the World Cup and now. Everybody can see it how they pick, that relies upon them. I generally attempt to perform. I can’t contribute in each match, that is ordinary. Furthermore, if a player is constantly chosen [and plays well], he ought to get more match expenses [than the individuals who play badly].”
At the point when asked whether he would give his recommendations to the BCB as the pioneer of the side, Shakib stated, “On the off chance that I don’t need to [lead the side], I figure it will be better for my cricket [laughs], on an individual premise. Be that as it may, on the off chance that I need to lead, obviously I have to examine a ton of things.”