Bangladesh v India, Champions Trophy, 2nd semi-final, Edgbaston June 15, 2017

Silly shots against Jadhav led to downfall - Shakib


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Shakib disappointed by Bangladesh's approach

Bangladesh were "nowhere near their best," said Shakib Al Hasan, as they succumbed to a nine-wicket defeat at the hands of India in the Champions Trophy semi-final at Edgbaston.

They were progressing well at 154 for 2 with Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal well set with more than 20 overs left. But the introduction of Kedar Jadhav's part-time offspin created "panic" in the batsmen who, in Shakib's words, "played some silly shots" to be knocked over for 264.

Shakib dismissed the idea that inexperience was to blame, pointing out that the players Jadhav dismissed were among the most seasoned in the Bangladesh side.

"The way we performed today was very disappointing," Shakib said. "We were in a good position to get 320 or 330. The batsmen were looking good to make individual hundreds and get us to 320.

"But India bowled a few dot balls. And because it was a part-time bowler, the batsmen tried to score more runs and in doing that, they lost wickets. Losing two wickets to an occasional bowler obviously didn't help. And from there on they kept on bowling in good areas and that put us under a lot of pressure.

"We have played enough games to know these things happen. We are all experienced people. Bowlers bowl good balls and sometimes you can't score runs. It doesn't mean you panic and play big shots and get out. We played some silly shots. And on this wicket, a score of 260 or 270 is not even par.

"In that situation, it was important for them to bat another five or 10 overs, like the way I did with Mahmudullah against New Zealand. If they could have batted until the 40th over, both would have scored their hundreds and we might have made 330 or 340.

"That was the game-changing period. It is disappointing. Playing in a semi-final is a big thing for us but we were nowhere near our best."

Shakib wasn't overly impressed with Bangladesh's performance in the field, either. While he accepted the batsman had made life "very hard" for the bowlers with an inadequate total, he was disappointed by their response.

"We have a solid bowling line-up," he said. "But there isn't much help for the bowlers on these wickets unless you are a super quality bowler. Most of our bowlers need a little bit of help from the wicket, but we haven't been getting any. I haven't taken any wickets in the tournament.

"With our total and that wicket, we knew it was very hard for our bowlers. But still I think we were nowhere near our best in our bowling and fielding."

Shakib insisted there were no divisions in the squad, though, and suggested that the team would learn from the experience.

"It's a group," he said. "It's nothing individual. We play as a team, we win as a team and we lose as a team.

"Now we have time to regroup and come back strongly. We've come a long way and from here we can only go forward. We will have a good break and think how we can move forward."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SammySoSo on June 23, 2017, 21:03 GMT

    I wonder how Sakib can be critical of the other batsmen when he himself barely scored. He scored a ton in one match, but other than that he barely contributed with the bat or ball. Surely, Bangladesh has a right to expect more from the world's leading all-rounder. If the top star does not perform when it matters, then these rankings mean nothing at all. Sakib should focus on his poor performance first, rather than assigning blame on others.

  • cricfan37328733 on June 18, 2017, 14:31 GMT

    Main problem for BD is lack of fixture....last year BD played 9 odis in a year....5-6 test. How could team improve by playing so less?But unfortunately BCB is doing nothing...after CT BD play AUS in 2 test that too in rainy season of august and that too is not sure to take place. Only tour that is sure to take place is SA tour. BD senior players might retired not getting chance to play even 80 test and 250 odis after playing 15-16 is sad but bitter reality. BD cricket board should arrange series vs west indies,srilanka atleast on regular basis if they cannot convience other boards.They should tour Pakistan and build good relationship with pak becoz they need pak to tour them and get regular fixtures. Playing series after 4-5 mnths gap does no good because all hard work is wasted...and winning team combination never forms. I'm surprised mushfiqur Rahim has only played 175 odis and 55 test in 12 yrs!!!...and if u exclude matches vs zim and associates...its hardly 100 games!!!

  • CricketoverChai on June 18, 2017, 6:41 GMT

    Looking at yourself critically and analyzing dispassionately is the best way to prepare for the future in sports. Like Shakib's attitude and approach. This team will be a serious contender in the 2019 WC. Well played Bangla tigers. Good luck for the future.

  • cricfan4892568344 on June 17, 2017, 15:05 GMT

    320 og 330 wouldnt be enough against India Mr Shakib ul Hasan. With run rate of 6.59 ,10 overs and 9 wickets left India would plunder almost 100 runs more and end up with 365 . Rohit and Kohli where well set ,one had century and another where getting there. Everyone knows how players pick up their strike rates after 100's ,dont forget Dhoni,Yuvraj,Pandya ,Jadhav(part timer) and Jadeja could destroy bangladeshi bowlers eco.rate if they where needed. You need to keep momentum all 50 overs to set/reach a target,not just 25 overs and think that we could make this and that.crininfo pls publish.

  •   Cricinfouser on June 17, 2017, 14:33 GMT

    "Could have scored individual hundreds".That made me laugh. This is cricket Shakib any batsman performing well might lose his wicket at any time if he is facing sharp bowling. Jadhav bowled well and Tamim and Mushfiqur lost the wickets. Then there was a queue.

  •   Meetfirewithfire on June 17, 2017, 14:08 GMT

    The claim that "Bangladesh nowhere near its best" might have been more meaningful had it been backed with performances in the ICC events. We all know Australia has the best record in ICC events. The below are the facts (or stats) that compare India with Australia. Won by India in ICC events: 1. 1983 World Cup in England 2. 1985 World Championship of cricket in Australia 3. 2002 Champions trophy in Srilanka 4. 2007 World T20 in South Africa 5. 2011 World Cup in India 6. 2013 Champions trophy in England Won by Australia in ICC events: 1. 1987 World Cup in India 2. 1999 World Cup in England 3. 2003 World Cup in South Africa 4. 2006 Champions trophy 5. 2007 World Cup in West Indies 6. 2009 Champions trophy 7. 2015 World Cup in Australia India has a chance to equal Australia's record of winning 7 ICC events tomorrow. World cup first started in 1975. India won its 1st world cup in its 3rd attempt (1983).

  • vaempuli on June 17, 2017, 10:01 GMT

    CRICFAN5213021575 just read CRICFAN7999506784's post. That will answer your question. Look there are nut-cases amongst all fans. Only their percentage matters. Yes India, Pak. are the pioneers and SL followed and did exceedingly well. Now to insult or humiliate anyone of the three, based purely on rankings unmindful of history and legacy is plain incorrect.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4'S_SECOND_FATHER on June 17, 2017, 7:03 GMT

    bd must have celebrated their semifinal victory even before the toss

  • rkrish16 on June 17, 2017, 5:36 GMT

    Shakib, there is no shame in accepting the fact you lost to a better team. Thats better than saying you did't play well. Your team did try well but Indian bowlers and fielders were too good. Offcourse Indian batting is legend.. Well played BD. Keep itup.

  • purplexedv on June 17, 2017, 5:15 GMT

    BD is an improved side but still got a long way to go to match top sides in terms of ability and class.

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