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Singles and doubles key to success in Mirpur: Shakib

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  • 1st September, 2021 10:22:44 PM
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Singles and doubles key to success in Mirpur: Shakib

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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Wednesday admitted that the conventional batting approach won’t work during the ongoing T20I series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the capital.

Shakib, who picked up the man of the match on the back of his bowling figure of 2-10 along with scoring crucial 25 runs against New  Zealand in the five-match T20I series opener, opined that taking singles and doubles are the key to success in such a low and slow wicket.

“I think the wicket is more difficult than what we got in the series against Australia. Yet I think that we have bowled very well, bowled in the right areas. And as the New Zealand team was not very experienced regarding such conditions, they struggled a lot,” Shakib said after the match.

“It’s very important to pick as many singles as you can, one should focus on running between the wickets because hitting boundaries is very difficult here.

“So one should be in a positive frame of mind, pick ones and twos to get set and release the pressure and after that try to punish the bad ball to capitalize,” he added.

Shakib, who is now just four wickets away from toppling Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga to become the highest wicket-taker in the T20 internationals, on Wednesday looked to have started from where he left against Australia.

In the last match Shakib played here at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, he picked up four wickets and earned the player of the match award by bundling the Aussies for a paltry score of 62 runs and he also ran havoc over the other Tasmanian country.

Shakib removed Will Young for five and Cole McConchie for a duck to take his total wicket tally to 104, which left him just three wickets short of touching Malinga who is at the peak at this moment.

“When I make any achievement, it obviously gives me a good feeling. But I don’t want to keep in mind the personal goals I achieved.

“If I keep performing and contributing for the team, it will fall into place. I’m never really focused on such landmarks but when I hear from others about milestones it makes me happy and inspires me to do well more,” he added.