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Responsibility doesn’t lie only on my shoulder: Shakib

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 15 September, 2023 12:00 AM
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Responsibility doesn’t lie only on my shoulder: Shakib
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan speaks to the media in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Thursday. —BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh ODI skipper Shakib Al Hasan said on Thursday that it’s not his responsibility only to take the team over the line in every game.
The Tigers will take on India in their last Super Four match in Colombo today with an aim to finish the tournament on a high note.
Bangladesh have already been knocked out from the race of the final after they suffered successive defeats to Pakistan and Sri Lanka in their opening two games of the Super Four stage.
The Tigers came into the tournament with high expectations but their batsmen let them down in all the matches they played except the Group Stage game against Afghanistan.  
Being the most experienced campaigner on the side, it was quite obvious everyone expected Shakib to take the maximum load but he begged to differ.
“See, the responsibility does not lie only on my shoulder because everyone has some kind of responsibility,” Shakib told reporters at the team hotel lobby in Colombo.
“I’m sure everyone will work to fulfil his part and if everyone can contribute, we have a good chance to do well. If we can add all the individual performances together, we can do well,” he said, adding that he is not sure whether taking on India will be easy or not.
“We can say that after the game. How can I say before the game whether it will be easy or difficult? We will try to play well as much as possible and try to win. The rest I can answer after the game,” he said.
Meanwhile, Shakib feels they might turn the table during the upcoming three-match ODI series against New Zealand, scheduled on September 21-26.
“It’s disappointing that we haven’t batted as well as we would have liked. But we may make a comeback in the next series (against New Zealand),” said Shakib, adding that he is not ready to disclose his findings as far as the performance is concerned in the Asia Cup.
“Actually what areas I’m satisfied with and what areas I’m not satisfied with are not things to be discussed in the media. These are topics for the team management to discuss and find solutions,” he said, adding that a win against India will certainly keep them in good stead.