Shakib responds with cherry

Ishtiack Mohammad Asif

16 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan made a brilliant comeback against Afghanistan leaving behind the agony of the lackluster performance against Zimbabwe, in the Tri-nation opener against Zimbabwe.

Shakib completed the four-over quota against Zimbabweans in the first match but couldn’t check the flow of runs. Shakib’s 49 runs in four overs with 12.25 economy rate was the highest he has ever allowed in a T20 international match and that looked to be the talking point ahead of the game against Afghanistan.

However, it was a different case for the leading left-arm spinner of the country when he took 2 wickets in his four overs giving away 18 runs that too with a maiden showed that he still had all the tricks up his sleeve as a bowler in the international stage. The way he used the crease was something worth mentioning while he was also keen to bowl in tighter length unlike the last game when he tried to seduce the batsmen with his flight.

In the recent past Shakib was in the spotlight due to his batting than his bowling and in the recent past it was often seen that he was not totally focused on his bowling unlike his batting considering the amount of time he spent in the nets with the willow.

Shakib seemed desperate to be back in form with the ball after a dismal show against Zimbabwe in the first match of the T20 Tri-nation series.

After taking some extra care of his batting skills, Shakib now realises it is high time to turn his focus towards bowling as the left armed spinner was seen working with spin specialist Sohel Islam ahead of the match against Afghanistan in the on-going tri-nation tournament.

It is also worth mentioning that Shakib enjoyed his last five wicket haul against the same opponent in ICC World Cup 2019.

In 2018, Shakib bowled 40 overs in T20 cricket and picked 15 wickets with 6.65 economy rate while Shakib’s only five-wicket haul also came in that year.

The left-arm spinner bowled 103 overs in 2019 taking 13 wickets including 11 in the ICC World Cup. Shakib averaged 40.3 with ball in 2019 while in the previous year his average was 26.8 with 21 wickets to his name from the 125 overs that he bowled.

In 50-over matches, Shakib’s most economical year was in 2009 with 3.48 run rate and the year saw him taking 26 wickets from 170.3 overs with 22.8 runs average. The very next year, Shakib had his most successful year till date taking 46 wickets throughout the season with average of 26.3.

Shakib was successful against Afghanistan in the solitary Test taking 5 wickets in the match. It was also the only Test that Bangladesh have played in 2019.