My battle is against my own self, says Shakib

Sports Correspondent

18th June, 2019 09:59:27 printer

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan believes that he is battling against his own self and his hard-work is providing him the mental strength to win over all odds.

ICC World Cup 2019 is turning out to be a milestone tournament for Shakib Al Hasan, who played a sublime and unbeaten 99-ball 124 run-knock to help Bangladesh achieve its second victory in the cricket’s biggest extravaganza.

In Bangladesh’s two victories in this edition, Shakib became the man of the match, with his match defining knocks and energetic bowling and fielding. Against South Africa, he played a handy 75-run knock to hold together Bangladesh innings when momentum appeared set to be snatched away from Bangladesh.

He also struck two fifty plus knocks, sandwiched by these two match-winning knocks, meaning his ninth ODI century is his fourth straight fifty plus knock in the World Cup, a feat that no Bangladeshi could achieve so far. And it should also be noted that he kept striking with the ball at regular intervals even though this World Cup pitches have nothing for the spinners.

However Shakib Al Hasan became only the second Bangladeshi batsman after Tamim Iqbal to reach the milestone of 6000 runs during his 124 runs not out in crucial World Cup match against West Indies at Coopers Associates County Ground in Taunton on Monday. The milestone became sweeter because he led from the front to help Bangladesh win by 7 wickets.

Shakib said that he is not sure whether he is at the peak of his career considering the way he is dominating in the World Cup.

“I don’t know. I have said this earlier, it’s not that when I will be in prime shape, I will score more runs or get more wickets. Sometimes you can also play well and play even better without being in a good shape,” said Shakib.

“That time (during the home series against New Zealand at home in 2010), I was in a good shape, and I am still in a good shape,” he said adding that his recent work regime helped him have confidence under his belt.

“I have worked very hard previously, so when tough situations come I remember that I had done all the hard work and this gives me courage and strength,” he said.

“I feel that I don’t have to take further load  because I am prepared to handle any situation after working so hard and coming this far and this provides me strength at the back of my mind,” he said.

“Mindset is very important. At this level, your mental strength is very crucial aspect of the game. When you are fit it helps you a lot. But ultimately the mental strength or how strong you can be in tough situations and bravery, helps one in both batting and bowling,” he said.

“The battle is with one’s self. When someone losses to himself then his chance of winning becomes low.  When someone says from his heart that he wants to win then maybe he won’t win all the time but there is a possibility that he will win most of the time,” he concluded.  

Shakib added that he wants continue scoring runs as he is seeing the ball well.

“When a batsman plays well constantly its very natural to him which is happening to me.  So, I want to prepare myself the way I have done so far. The way I am taking my preparation before every match is helping me a lot. I will try to continue with that,” said Shakib.

“I am enjoying my batting now. I am also in a good position so I will try to maximise everything,” he concluded.