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Six minutes with Siddons and Shakib is ready

  • Z. Azam from Chattogram
  • 14 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Six minutes with Siddons and Shakib is ready
Bangladesh Test skipper Shakib Al Hasan plays a shot during a practice session at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Tuesday. –BCB PHOTO

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A photojournalist was running and screaming loudly to give him some space as he looked to be on his way to click the picture of the day.

 It surely was something special considering he was eyeing to capture Bangladesh Test skipper Shakib Al Hasan leaving the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in an ambulance for a medical check-up.

The photographer failed to hide the disappointment on his face for not being able to make it despite giving his best shot as Shakib rushed to the ambulance without giving him a chance to click his camera.

 The check-up was done on his ribs, which was hurt by Umran Malik in the recently-concluded ODI series in Dhaka, but what followed thereafter only validated that the effort of the photographer was worth it, even if it went in vain.

All the journalists were busy with their mobiles trying to inform their respective offices from the gallery behind the Bangladesh net that their preparation had lost all the charm considering the fact it is going on without the major attraction and furthermore no one is sure whether it will be the same in the opening Test as well.

 “It is nothing serious, and since there was no other transportation available, he was sent in an ambulance. He (Shakib) had some stiffness and he went for a checkup,” a BCB official informed the media to calm things down at that point in time.

It was learnt that Shakib had a scan in Dhaka and nothing serious was found in that. However, the all-rounder wanted to get a further check done on Tuesday as he continues to feel uncomfortable in his ribs.

The arrival of Shakib after half an hour turned out to be the talking point and his decision not to come out of the umbrella to join other members of the net was good enough for speculation regarding his availability in the opening game.

The decision of sending Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo instead of Shakib in the pre-match press conference only helped to add more suspense to the drama before Shakib decided to make an end of it by coming out with his pads on to have a batting session and see where he stands at the moment.

The left-hander opted to have a batting session in the net for 16 minutes in the net that included 10 minutes against spinners and six minutes against throwdowns of batting coach Jamie Siddons.

Shakib hardly looked comfortable against the spinners and tried some over-the-board shots to get back his confidence but it was his six minutes session with Siddons that did the trick for him if not anything else to feel he is in the right shape.

“You just give some half volleys even good length will be okay. Just work on my trigger movement,” Shakib told Siddons as he knows if he gets back his trigger movement everything else will fall into place.

Siddons knew what is required to get back his rhythm and the few drives that he played along with defending the ball with the full face of the bat only suggested he was back into his groove.

A player like Shakib always advocates for need-based training and probably those six minutes fulfilled his needs to make sure he is prepared to take on India in the opening Test.

Shakib went to the centre wicket with his pads on and even did a couple of shadows only indicating that he is preparing mentally how to handle the Indian bowling attack.

Though Domingo insisted that they are still assessing his condition and later will take a call on him, it was learnt that all is well with Shakib and he is all set to lead the side in the opening Test of the two-match series.