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Shakib insists no one will be spoon-feeding runs

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 18 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Shakib insists no one will be spoon-feeding runs
Shakib Al Hasan (right) of Bangladesh hits 6 as Joshua Da Silva (left) of West Indies watches during the first day of their first Test at Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda on Thursday. – AFP PHOTO

Bangladesh Test skipper Shakib Al Hasan hinted that their batting unit might have to pay heavily if they continue with their poor form.

Bangladesh were bundled out for 103 runs in 32.5 overs on day one of the first Test in Antigua against the West Indies.

Shakib’s fifty helped the visitors’ to reach three-digit marks but their batting collapse is not something new considering that in 2022, when the visitors’ top four managed 13 ducks with only six fifty-plus scores and a collective average of 21.65.

“I don’t see an option of explaining it. I don’t have an explanation and I don’t know if someone else has an explanation,” Shakib told the reporters.

“Normally, in this situation, I feel that a coach, captain or selectors’ task is easy. If someone doesn’t perform, I drop him. I think that would be the easiest task for a coach, captain or selector. If you aren’t performing, we’ll drop you (they may say),” he said.

“The batsmen will have to take responsibility and they have to do their job by themselves. No one is going to come and no one will be spoon-feeding it to them. They failed but hopefully, they will make a comeback in the second innings in a way that we can recover from the disappointment. That challenge will be there,” he added.

Shakib said that he is happy to see his bowling unit trying to put up a fight to compensate for the failure of their batting unit against West Indies in the opening Test in Antigua.

In the opening Test of the two-match Test series, Bangladesh were bowled out for 103 runs in their first innings and West Indies certainly had an early advantage as they were trailing by eight runs with eight wickets in hands but the tourist pacers, in particular, did not let them score runs at will.

“There are two ways to deal with it like one is to give away and let them score as many runs as they can and later we bat in the second innings and the game is over (after getting bowled out). Another one is to try like even if we can bowl them out for 250 runs and bat very well in the second innings nobody knows what will happen on the last day. Every day is a new day and we had the chance and I am happy that everyone took the challenge. They tried to come up with some kind of a bowling performance that we failed to get from our batsmen,” Shakib told the reporters after the first day’s play.

 “I am very happy (with the bowling performance) there were few half chances and if we could grab that it would have been a perfect day for the pacers and I don’t think we had an opportunity like this for a while,” he said.

“I think the pace unit bowled really well and they bowled in partnership. Mustafizur was excellent while Khaled bowled well and Ebadat is always bowling well. Perhaps, they were unlucky. If we could get a couple of wickets we would have been in a better position. If we could get four wickets under 100 runs then we could have bowled them out for another 100 runs but I am not saying this will not happen now,” he concluded.