Ponting lauds Shakib

Sports Correspondent

27 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The former Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes that the number one ODI all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will be the danger man in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 considering his vast experience and all-round ability.

“My danger man for Bangladesh is Shakib Al Hasan,” Ponting told Cricket Australia online outlet on Sunday.

“He has been here for a long time. He scores in so many different areas; he is very strong in square of the wicket. He strokes very well in backward point and third man,” he added.

Pointing also praised Shakib for his clever bowling as he felt that despite having limited resources Shakib uses them as per requirement.

“Shakib’s cleverness comes out in his bowling.  He has never been a big turner of the ball, left arm off-spinner (Shakib), his change of pace in bowling is quite amazing and he looks to attack. He uses the arm ball a lot more than other spinners,” stated Ponting.

“He is different than other spinners right now. Most spinners bowl in the pitch and don’t give any scoring opportunities. But he is the other way, he keeps you in the pitch for first couple of balls, changes the pace and wait for the batsman to take him on,”  told Ponting.

Ponting believes Shakib’s experience at playing various franchise based T20 leagues makes him stand out than any other player from Bangladesh dressing room.

“Shakib has been playing international cricket for a long time now. He also played in IPL and Big Bash league for a long time. His experience will come in handy for Bangladesh,” Ponting concluded.

However, as the day progresses, questions are lingering over ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s fitness. There are some doubts hovering around Shakib’s participation in the World Cup. It is predicted that the all-rounder is not totally fit from the injury he sustained previously.

Before the final of Tri-nation series in Ireland, Shakib Al Hasan sustained a side strain. Due to this injury he didn’t take any part in the final. But Shakib travelled with the team in England after the final.

He also trained there with the team. But there is rumor that, Shakib won’t be in the squad for the practice match against Pakistan and even against India on Tuesday. Now there is a question about Shakib’s fitness after being sat down in the side bench for two matches. But the management didn’t say anything about Shakib’s fitness yet.

Shakib Al Hasan’s injury before crucial moments isn’t new. He also sustained injury on his fingers before Tri-nation final in Bangladesh on January 2018. He was sidelined for a long time with that injury.

He came back from the injury in the Afghanistan series but felt pain once again and was forced to return home in the middle of the Asia Cup.  He again made a comeback in the West Indies Series but once again got hurt in his fingers in the Bangladesh Premier League final, and subsequently was ruled out from Bangladesh’s tour to New Zealand.