Bangladesh v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Mirpur

Determined Shakib battles the conditions

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October 14, 2010

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Shafiul Islam is delighted after getting Brendon McCullum, Bangladesh v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Mirpur, October 14, 2010
Shakib Al Hasan was delighted with the aggressive intent his side displayed on the field © Associated Press

On a day when he impressed with bat, ball and as a captain, one moment captured Shakib Al Hasan's determination more than any other. His half-century had steadied Bangladesh after a troubled start, but they were still far from a safe score when he reached fifty in the 26th over. Shakib did not raise his bat to acknowledge the cheers for his landmark - here was a man who knew his job was not yet done.

"Well, I have said before that if the opportunity is there then one should target a hundred," Shakib said after the historic win. "Jamie [Siddons] also said that it is up to you whether you want to show the bat after a fifty. I was aware that I had reached the half-century but felt that there was a long way to go and my job wasn't finished."

Shakib's century was made special both by the quality of the opposition and the oppressive conditions in which it came. "Things were extremely tough because of the heat," Shakib said. "When I was batting I could feel that I was struggling physically and I still don't know how I got through those 50 overs of fielding and bowling because there were times when I thought I could collapse. I guess staying on the field for 50 overs was an achievement today."

His dismissal in the 43rd over set Bangladesh back, and they managed only 25 runs after his exit. Yet, Shakib said he was confident during the break that his bowlers had enough to defend. "I think we were set for 260 plus but lost it in the last Powerplay. However, I wasn't unhappy because we believe that we are capable of defending 240 on this track."

Bangladesh buzzed about in the field, putting up a memorable fielding show to down New Zealand, despite a valiant maiden ton from Kane Williamson. Shakib acknowledged the aggressive intent displayed on the field. "I feel privileged to be a part of this Bangladesh side. Today I saw players who would normally remain silent in the field shouting, cheering and encouraging throughout the game.

"Everyone was so into it, Imrul [Kayes], Suhrawadi [Shuvo] ... and I have lost count here. Even someone like Shafiul [Islam], who is relatively new in the side was all pumped up and shouting after bowling an over in that scorching heat. This is something that that I haven't seen often in the past and the spirit makes my job a lot easier."

The series win was Bangladesh's first against full-strength top opposition, but Shakib refused to rate it higher than the 3-0 win against a depleted West Indies side in 2009. "Many people don't realize this but the West Indies were not that far off from their original strength if you go by the players that had played against us. That was a tough series and this one too has been quite demanding. Both have been very satisfying."

Shakib has been a regular at the head of the ICC player ratings, and is currently the top ODI allrounder and the second highest-rated bowler in the game. However, he believed his bowling was far from where he wanted it to be. "I am quite happy with how I have batted in this series but not at all satisfied with my bowling. I guess the gap after playing for Worcester has affected the bowling a bit and I need to work on that."

While Bangladesh have managed to surprise each of the top teams at some point in the last 11 years, their lack of consistency has been a cause for concern. Shakib admitted that it would be his side's biggest challenge in the lead-up to the World Cup in the subcontinent.

"We were winning a lot of matches leading up to the 2007 World Cup and that had a positive impact on our performance in the tournament," Shakib said. "This time we are beating superior teams and I hope the winning trend will continue against Zimbabwe in December.

"If we can maintain that winning habit then we will be in a great state of mind when the World cup arrives and here we are a match for any team and capable of beating any side, particularly those that are not from the subcontinent."

The series may be in the bag, but Bangladesh have a lot at stake going into the dead rubber on Sunday. Victory will lift them to 67 rating points, level with the West Indies on the ICC one-day team ranking table. That should be motivation enough for Shakib and his side to deliver another inspired performance.

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Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 19:55 GMT)

go bd go.........................

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 19:38 GMT)

I never had doubts about the abilities of the tigers. However they lacked self belief and sometimes commitment in the past years. Even before having test status bangladesh produced high calibre players like nannu, rakibul, prince (pace bowler), goala(mesmerizing spinner), badsha(fast bowler), hira (a super weeket keeper) etc. I believe this is a new start.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 19:01 GMT)

congrats to bangladesh,sakib is the best,love to see bd team win 3-0 ,keep on bd,

Posted by a2rafee on (October 15, 2010, 17:40 GMT)

Thanx Aina fr ur support on behalf of Pakistan.....and also sachin-vvsfan for ur encouraging comments. ur very very ryt that shakib is one of the most underated players nw..hope he, along with tamim gets an ipl contract AND MANAGES TO PLAY REGULARLY.

Posted by IftekharAhmed on (October 15, 2010, 16:29 GMT)

This is indeed a very happy moment for us. We hope they don't become complacent and keep working hard till the world cup.

Note: The picture is not of Shakib Al Hasan, it is of Rubel Hossain and Mushfiqur Rahim.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 15:05 GMT)

I can only say regarding the comment from die hard Pakistani friend " We are proud of our Bangladesh Cricket team but you have nothing to be proud of at this moment".

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 13:06 GMT)

It reminds me the day Bangladesh won ICC world cup. Since then long time passed and looking into future to see Bangladesh wins World Cup one day. Big dream (!) and no harm to dream about winning a series against New Zealand in the past.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 11:59 GMT)

Thanks all who are not Bangladeshi but our well wishers. Specially Mits, Saieen Dervaish & Sidd Shiva.

Posted by Bass_Man on (October 15, 2010, 11:59 GMT)

The Tigers not becoming an endangered team anymore. Boycott, Aussies and Miandad,Amir Sohali take note.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 10:32 GMT)

congrats 2 tigers.... but i have still some doubt about no. 4 place and the lower middle order,such as no. 6,7,8 the batting these places are very crucial in the batting..... i think in the last match bd lacked some clean hitters in the lower middle order,such as aftab or alok kapali and that caused their damage in the batting power play.... i hope coach jamie siddons will have a really close look at it.....and sakib is doing a fine job......hope 2 see him crossing his best again and again.......

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 10:20 GMT)

Good to see this bangladesh side make progress and the captain leading from the front.. Its just a matter of time when they start performing at the Big Platform.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 9:53 GMT)

Love u Tigers! love u all! go ahead!!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 15, 2010, 8:50 GMT)

Damn!! we have BD again in the WC encounter. Now they have become dangerous. Hope shakib gets IPL contract One of the Underrated player. Gud luck for WC

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 8:44 GMT)

Shakib, great going right from where you began your journey way back in 2006. Being a captain, you have got to find out the right slot for all your power plays to make best use of them. Like in this match, last batting power play could be very handy right after your century. Try to cultivate better judgment per the situation of your days. You have qualities; cherish them in yourself. We want to see a great mature cricketer in you, on the field - off the field.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 8:35 GMT)

Really really happy for Bangladesh! Congratulations from a Pakistani!

Posted by Murtaza90 on (October 15, 2010, 8:02 GMT)

Shakib my fav :) he is in top 3 rankings in three categories what a player

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 7:28 GMT)

great win for Bangals... keep it up...

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 6:30 GMT)

Shakib is almost a newcomer in international cricket, compared to Afridi. still, Shakib is a far better batsman than Afridi in terms of consistency, technique and smartness. Afridi can of course blow a girls heart with his smile, what Shakib can't. In case of bowling, yeah, Shakib is still the better one. and when Shakib will have reached the age of 35, people will have forgotten Afridi and Shakib will have become a living legend by then.

Posted by NazrulKhan on (October 15, 2010, 5:54 GMT)

Love Bangladesh ! Love Cricket !

Love to BengalTigers to Win !

:::::It's just beginning not ending::::

We can be more professional ::: more Determined

For Bangladesh ! For Cricket

Posted by Adeel-Shehzad on (October 15, 2010, 5:43 GMT)

Shakib is a great find for the bengalis.. Tamim is a world class player too.. but i wud like to see the former players like javed omar, habibul bashar as batting cosultant coach so that young guns like nafees, kayes & Siddique may get converted into the proper batsmen...

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 5:37 GMT)

Congratulations form Sri Lanka. I hope u guys do some thing special 2 beat England in 2011WC. Eng looks so stupid 2 me...Like 2 see all Asian in da semis.

Posted by Nadush on (October 15, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

And Check this out in every combination:

Posted by   on (October 15, 2010, 4:25 GMT)

Congratulations Bangladesh! In truth New Zealand is a decent cricketing team-however in Shakib Al Hassan, Bangladesh's Captain Fantastic, they face a modern colussus of the game! I challenge any country to beat Bangladesh at home in the next World Cup with Shakib leading from the front and in form!

Posted by Manik_mia on (October 15, 2010, 4:17 GMT)

I was expecting Mahmudullah to continue bowling after 2 overs 1 wicket for 5 runs only. Was there any reason he did not continue?

Posted by Nadush on (October 15, 2010, 4:16 GMT)

Bangladesh can beat Pakistan any day now. And check for comparison of Afridi and Shakib. It has been like this for more than a year now. In spin department, Bangladesh is better than almost any country including India and Sri Lanka ( minus Murali). Only weak area is Pace bowling, where they are improving. Be afraid, be very afraid.

Posted by shovwar on (October 15, 2010, 3:47 GMT)

Bangladesh is going up on the performance and maturity scale....But i think they still have to work on Power Plays....If they do they can convert those 240s to 270s...And need Mashrafe to come back to bolster the seam attack.....Other than these they look solid especially in Spin department. The opening batting would look interesting when Nafees and Tamim bats togather.

Posted by North_Star on (October 15, 2010, 3:41 GMT)

Superb!! Finally after 15 years...they are definitely heading in the right direction....Now minows can beat Australia, England, India, South Africa and finally win the World Cup next year. :-)

Posted by Vivek.Bhandari on (October 15, 2010, 3:28 GMT)

Congrats to B'desh for pulling off such a remarkable win...they've come a long way since beating Pakistan in '99 WC. I do feel that apart for Pakistan, they're the only team that have the bowling to defend any total on their day...

Posted by evenflow_1990 on (October 15, 2010, 0:36 GMT)

i'm impressed he isn't carried away by his performance. he'll get better and better, and so will his team.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (October 14, 2010, 23:24 GMT)

Sahkib is just quality. I can never say that enough and his attitude was great. No more celebrating small moments, his eyes were set on the big prize and that is the attitude of proper test playing nations. Hopefully Bangladesh will continue to play well and carry their confidence into tests. As for NZ, they have been slipping in all forms of the game and will want to arrest that slide, the last thing world cricket needs is another top nation turning minnow.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2010, 23:17 GMT)

comment continued... But really, I would put Tamim Iqbal above Salman Butt anyday. At least he scored a century at Lords' and he doesn't fix matches.

Another point I'd raise to counter your idea of Pakistani domestic sides being better than Bangladesh, is that the standard of Bangladeshi fielding is actually better than that of Pakistan. I'm not sure if I've ever seen worse fielding than Pakistan's in the last 18 months. India and Bangladesh are superior on both counts here. As for your spin bowling stocks, you sadly only draw level with Bangladesh there, as Saeed Ajmal may be good, but he and Danish Kaneria put together would only just make the level of Shakib Al Hasan. And although you Pakistanis love Shahid Boom Boom, he would never be able to lace Shakib's boots nowadays. Shakib has proven himself in ODIs to be above Shahid Afridi with both bat and ball quite prominently, and only needs to lift himself in tests with his batting to beat him on both counts there.

Posted by Shams on (October 14, 2010, 23:12 GMT)

""Many people don't realize this but the West Indies were not that far off from their original strength if you go by the players that had played against us" Is he serious? No Chanderpaul, Gayle, Sarwan, Samules, Ramdin, Taylor, Edwards, etc.

Posted by vissu295 on (October 14, 2010, 22:18 GMT)

Congrats to Bangladesh. This might be the turning point for them

Posted by   on (October 14, 2010, 22:10 GMT)

all out best performance by Shakib ul Hasan. Bangladesh is on the rise and hopefully they keep it going.

Posted by nz_malc on (October 14, 2010, 21:16 GMT)

well played bangladesh, very well played. Nice to see them improving from easybeats a few years ago, to a really good team now. (From a NZ supporter).

Posted by reyme on (October 14, 2010, 21:06 GMT)

It was a true class act from the IceMan, Shakib that is!

Posted by ygkd on (October 14, 2010, 20:57 GMT)

The young Bangladesh side is starting to play like true tigers.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2010, 20:55 GMT)

Congrats to Bangladesh..! Btw the picture provided isn't Shakib is it?

Posted by crazyindianfan on (October 14, 2010, 19:51 GMT)

You are the man Wahid Hossain

Posted by   on (October 14, 2010, 19:17 GMT)

Congrats Bangladesh and i am looking forward to consistency from other team members. Its good to see some other teams and especially cricket is going to new heights in the sub-continent with Afghanistan creating some waves too. I am an indian and proud of the current B'desh team and have been following the games of this team. There is some promise, my fav is Shakib, way to go. Hope Mortaza also makes contributions which might be encouraging for this team. All the best guys hope everything comes in shape as the world cup is nearing.

Posted by Samiur666 on (October 14, 2010, 18:53 GMT)

The title of the pciture with this article is misleading. The bowler in the foreground is not Sakib al Hasan.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2010, 18:48 GMT)

That will be positive impact of BD Cricket team.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2010, 18:21 GMT)

I am excited, I am thrilled, I am happy, and I was crying after the win. This was the day for which millions of Bangladeshis were waiting for a long time. Congrats Tigers, congrats Shakib. I like this boy very much.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2010, 18:20 GMT)

I just forgot his name, who was allergic to hear that Bangladesh has the capability to win against NZ. Where are you man? Please think before you talk ( write). Congratulation Bangladesh team. I must give credit to all players for fighting as a team.My best wishes to all coaching staff, that includes JS,IP and JF. WE hope and believe Bangladesh will be a tough team to be beaten i n nest WC.

Posted by Cricinfo-Editorial on (October 14, 2010, 18:13 GMT)

Mohammad Wahid Hossain pointed out an error in the article that has since been corrected - Shakib Al Hasan is the world's top ODI allrounder, and second highest-ranked bowler. Thanks for pointing out.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2010, 17:29 GMT)

congrats to bangladesh. they are definitely heading in the right direction.

Posted by   on (October 14, 2010, 17:23 GMT)

Nice article. One minor correction; Sakib is numero uno all-rounder and no.2 bowler in the ICC ODI rankings, not the other way round.

Posted by mits6 on (October 14, 2010, 16:49 GMT)

congrats bangla for the win , great to see a cricket playing nation on rising.

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