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Bangladesh v India, World Cup 2011, Mirpur

Shakib rues profligate fast bowlers

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 19, 2011

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Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has held his fast bowlers responsible for making his decision to insert India backfire spectacularly.

"I thought we could have bowled better" Shakib - downcast but not desolate - said. "We bowled too many boundary balls, and that cost us the game."

The opening ball of the World Cup, short and wide from Shafiul Islam, yielded a boundary as Virender Sehwag crunched it through extra cover. Shafiul went on to concede eight more runs in his first over, including a four off the last ball. By the end of the third over, the Indian openers had hit six boundaries and raced to 32. It led to the introduction of spin in the fifth over.

"I thought we had a better chance of winning the game chasing," Shakib said repeatedly. "It would have been a different game had we got two early wickets. That was our plan. Our fast bowlers didn't execute the plan, that was the main problem.

"I thought our fast bowlers have been bowling really well for the last 12 months. Today wasn't their day but hopefully they will come back strongly."

He said he was satisfied, however, with the effort with the bat despite his team finishing 87 runs short of the target. "The plan was to bat properly, playing cricketing shots. We knew the wicket was good, and if one of Tamim (Iqbal) and Junaid (Siddique) had kept going, we could have got a very good total.

"That was our plan, and I thought we executed our plan very well. We didn't try to hit too many slogs, we played all cricketing shots, and got close to 300. I thought we batted really well and sensibly."

He refused to be drawn into discussing the non-selection of Mohammad Ashraful, who has spent more time on the bench than in the playing XI under his captaincy, and to a pointed question on whether he had a problem with the senior players, his response was a cryptic and dismissive "no comments."


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Posted by Mradul on (February 22, 2011, 15:33 GMT)

@Sofiq Hasan: Last time BD beat India was 4 years ago not last year. In that same WC guess Who defeated BD?? Don't remember?? Ans: Ireland!!! So you wanna talk about 2007 WC, lets talk about your defeat against a Non-Test playing nation... Atleast India lost to a Test Playing nation. What you need to prove is that you are good enough to atleast defeat Ireland. Stop talking about defeating India in WC2007 that was a fluke (No wins in last 4 years against India). Plan well now, Ireland is coming ... :-)

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 10:37 GMT)

Bangladesh is still a minnow.. not even mediocre.. so, there was no chance for them watsover! Though they are competative one somewhat like ireland. What happened four years earlier is history, they can't relish that untill now.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 21:47 GMT)

Here Indians are really worried about Bangladesh,they are cursing that Bangladesh can't even complete with Ireland.How they forget where last year Ban beat India.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

There are total 19 matches in WC, where the first batting side scored 300+ runs (played between 2 test playing nations and the side batted first won). some facts: 1) 87 runs defeat of BD was the 7th smallest 2)only in 5 occasions, the 2nd team scored 280+, BD is 1 of 'em 3) only in 6 occasions, the 2nd team weren't all out, BD is 1 of 'em.

so, BD played quite a very good cricket!

a) the defeat against BD knocked India out of WC from the 1st round, in 2007. b)BD has still very good chance to make to the quarter finals.

India is much more stronger than BD, (almost) in every field of cricket; yet we,the Bangladeshis, still believe that we can DEFEAT India in the next match....:)

(Personally, I believe India has the strongest eleven in WC and they should win the cup)

Posted by Shihab on (February 21, 2011, 17:11 GMT)

Why d indian supporters think themselves as World Champion after beating Bangladesh. Remember we kicked out India frm first round four years back n team India has unable to ensure their bowling lineup such world class to b da champ within this four years!!! But anyway congrats Shewag for such a great innings....

Posted by Aditya on (February 21, 2011, 8:39 GMT)

Bangladesh will definitely get through to the quarters. Be prepared for them to spring a surprise in this tournament. India were too strong for them, but they have a pretty good chance of beating the Windies. Their spinners might also give England a scare. When they reach the quarters, it is highly possible that they will cause a major upset.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 7:44 GMT)

i don;t know u guys remembered it, during toss dhoni said that he is gonna choose(if he wins the toss) bowling because of dew factor, as shakib chose. And don't think india is giving a very good sign, something is not right in their team,..just a feeling..

Posted by ashok on (February 21, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

Ashraful - Shakib in fighting will never help. there should be a complete unity unless which the team would perish... Keep on fighting until you succeed, rather than a 10 ball 24 run, you can better score 150 ball 80 run...

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 21, 2011, 6:08 GMT)

It's not only the fast bowlers who bowled poorly, but the spinners too bowled in a wayward fashion. Spinners gave 238 runs in 33 overs at 7.21 runs per over whereas pacers gave 129 runs in 17 overs at 7.58 runs per over. Not much difference is there, is it?? A team which relies solely on spinners should not blame there quickies who bowled as badly as their spinner teammates.

Posted by abir on (February 21, 2011, 6:05 GMT)

When it comes to India the Bangladeshi think that they can beat them easily...don't know why...the way BD fans are reacting it seems that India has caused a major upset by defeating them....funny....isn't it?? Anyway..all the best to Bangladesh for the rest of the tournament...

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