New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013-14 October 18, 2013

Bangladesh eyeing series win - Shakib


Shakib Al Hasan has said Bangladesh have a major opportunity to win the series against New Zealand and this increase in team's confidence has developed over the past five years with more players performing regularly. The latest in that list is Sohag Gazi, who became the first Test cricketer to score a hundred and take a hat-trick in a Test.

Shakib took the catch to complete Gazi's hat-trick, an excellent swoop from leg-slip after the ball had deflected off Mushfiqur Rahim's pad. The catch was one of the many moments in the past two years which have signified the team's growing will power after the lows of 2011. The drawn Test against New Zealand last week also pointed to the progress within the team.

Shakib said that since his international debut, the talk in the dressing-room has gone through a lot of change. He has had a major contribution to this transformation, particularly his role in the 4-0 series win over New Zealand three years ago.

"When I started six years ago, our goal was to play five days," he said. "Then it was to draw Test matches. Now we go out to win. We have been progressing as a team all along. Everything takes time. This team has been playing together for quite some time, so we have more confidence. We are looking to win this series. We have a major opportunity, so we have every reason to give it our best.

"When there are four or five performers in a team, the rest of the players then want to do well. So within everyone, there is a challenge to perform. I think it is major positive for the Bangladesh team."

Shakib hasn't necessarily stopped being a performer himself. Bangladesh's last Test win against Zimbabwe in May had two Shakib half-centuries. He struggled with the ball in the Chittagong Test match, but he has said the hunger is far from satiated. The fact that he has returned to the top of the Test allrounder rankings has been an added inspiration.

"It is easy to motivate myself when I look at the rankings. My battle is with top cricketers, but I wouldn't compare myself with anyone. Everyone wants to contribute to the team's cause. I don't think any cricketer keeps an eye on the rankings but it does feel good to be at the top."

This is his second time as top Test allrounder after he scaled the height in December 2011. While someone like Jacques Kallis gets plenty of opportunities to maintain such a position, Shakib has to do his best in the limited number of Tests that Bangladesh play. The second Test against New Zealand is one of them, and given the position of the series, there couldn't be a better time for Shakib.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Sarfin on October 20, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Whenever our cricketers talk big, usually a big defeat follows. It's more important to perform than talking. I'll always support tigers, but now it's time to talk less and work hard

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Bangladesh should field only 1 pacer, Robiul; and use Mohammadullah as a spin all-rounder in place of Rubel. This will give a greater depth in batting and bowling in the spin-friendly pitch in Mirpur.

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    i am genuinely excited about the 2nd test,cant wait.bds best chance for series win.;]

  • Wajahat on October 19, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    NZ has never been very good in the sub-continent. Definitely a great chance for Bangladesh to taste a test success very soon. Good luck Bangladesh! :)

  • Shipu on October 19, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Hopefully Shakib will take a 5 wicket haul and/or score a test 100 so he can maintain that number 1 all-round ranking. Its not like Bangladesh are playing that many tests compared to other teams. Bangladesh need more International Cricket and hopefully BCB can arrange that for once.

  • Sumon on October 19, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Guys, remember that Bangladesh team wanted spinning wicket. Chittagong's wicket was useless to Bangladesh as well. Chittagong's wicket have been disappointing for past 3/4 years now. You cannot have any result on that pitch unless one team throws it away. Dhaka pitch is much more closer to what Bangladesh team wants, a spinning flattish wicket that mostly guarantees a result. I wish someone intevened about the Chittagong wicket. Its not a sporting wicket.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    All this talk about Bangladesh preparing flat tracks in the hope of drawing the game is ridiculous. In both innings, New Zealand's middle order collapsed and found themselves in a position where they could have been bowled out for under-par scores. Bangladesh had the better of the game and could have even won the game had Rubel not overstepped in the first innings when Watling could have been out for 4. It's time to give Bangladesh more credit than they are getting at the moment. Bring on the 2nd test!

  • maruf on October 19, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    I believe bd have ability to beat nz in 2nd test.

  • Janith on October 19, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    since getting the test status in 2000, after 13 years these Bangladeshis talking about winning a test is quite hillarious. look at the Zimbabwe, even after so many senior players from Andy Flower's time to recent times has abandon the team, yet they found a quite a good bunch of players to replace them and even able win a test against a Major Test Playing Nation like Pakistan. something which would be like a dream for Bangladeshis. and Zimbabwe now remains at the no 9 of test ranking while bangladesh occupying the 10th spot. Big talks is one thing, doing it practically is another thing. winning a 2 series of ODI's against a teams like WI and NZ, while coming to the Asia Cup final means, an improvement, but it does not make them a top Cricketing nation. still Bangladesh remains few step ahead the Minnow status, which means they are still like seniors of Minnows.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    i seriously feel BD have a chance to win a series here....we have better chance then NZ to pick up 20 wickets.....but BD batters must be patient....and especially openers should take more time in the middle......btw; i think that BD can drop another pacer as BD pace bowlers have nothing to offer in these sort of pitches...!!

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