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Bangladesh v England, World Cup, Group B, Chittagong

Shakib savours 'huge victory'

Sidharth Monga in Chittagong

March 11, 2011

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Shakib Al Hasan couldn't keep his emotion in check after it was all over. He and his side have been through a lot over the last week, and they desperately needed a win. The fashion that desperately needed win came in, following twists and turns every step of the way, would have left the toughest of men exhausted, and Shakib is not one of the best at hiding his feelings, be it about his critics or underperforming or unfit players. Or be it after a special win.

"It's not a normal win," Shakib said. "Obviously if you look at the situation, and the whole scenario of Bangladesh, it is a huge victory for us. And for the whole nation I think. Not really [an emotional win], although I became a little bit emotional at one stage. Some of the boys showed their character, how tough they are, how hard they can work. So that paid off."

It started with all their bowlers coming together and putting on a special show to restrict England to 225. Then the batsmen cut out the mistakes of the past, put their heads down, and didn't go for the easy option of playing flashy shots camouflaged as an attempt to counterattack. Shakib said they have been trying to bring that element into their game without really losing out on the intent. "We knew that if we have to win games, we have to score runs, so we are always score runs. Yes, you can say that we are a bit more careful in our shot selection."

The whole Bangladesh go wild after their last-gasp victory, Bangladesh v England, Group B, World Cup, Chittagong, March 11, 2011
Emotion filled the stadium after Bangladesh secured their narrow victory © Getty Images

Yet England came back superbly with some excellent bowling in the middle overs to leave Bangladesh 169 for 8. Some poor running from Bangladesh didn't help, either, and Shakib sees room for improvement. "At one stage, when me and Imrul [Kayes, Man of the Match for his 60] were batting, I thought we were going really well," he said. "There were some silly mistakes, like the two run-outs that could have cost us the game. My wicket was crucial too. It wasn't the time to play that shot. Hopefully we will learn from those mistakes. One thing we can learn is, whoever gets in should score big runs. Not 30s and 40s."

That said, Shakib admitted to having given up hope even though Mahmudullah and Shafiul Islam hadn't. "I thought we had lost the game," Shakib said. "When Riyad hit the winning shot, I still couldn't believe we had won the game. It took me some time to realise that, yes, we had won. I was lying down on the physio bed and watching the game. I Was having a chat with Tamim [Iqbal] and [Abdur] Razzak how badly we all played. We were just discussing our game, and having a chat."

Shakib added the win reiterated his belief in the team, and that the positive noises before the game came out of genuine confidence in the side's ability of coming back. "Yes, I always have the belief in my team," he said. "We have really good guys who are honest about their work, they can work really hard, day in, day out. If you have a bunch of guys like we have, we will always have the belief we can come back from any situation."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Montasim on (March 13, 2011, 10:04 GMT)

congrates BANGLADESH. QF hope is still alive. anything can happen in group B. pls BD try to do some good in batting. as many of BD supporters I also like to see Shahriar Nafees in the team. no raqibul, no ashraful. wishing u all d best in the remaining two matches.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 13, 2011, 4:15 GMT)

Tamim most of the time miss a good length ball for being in attacking mode and get bowled for in swinger. Nafees has similar tendency like Tamim. Tamim-Nafees pair could become a better opening pair than Tamim-Imrul for 10 over PP if they can correct the flaw. Imrul is better in 1 down since he is technically more solid in keeping wicket for longer period to avoid panic in the middle order. This order could be tried 1) Tamim 2) Nafees 3) Imrul 4) Junaid 5) Raquibul 6) Shakib 7) Mushfique 8) Mahmudullah 9) Razzque 10) Shafiul 11) Rubel. Naeem is good with hard heating but a choice with weaker sides at the moment. Raquibul places the bat in a crossed fashion other than swinging the bat on the line of the ball on off-stamp . Mahmudullah had a flaw with his gripping to defend the off-stamp and he corrected it with a tips from Sachin.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 12, 2011, 20:22 GMT)

ONLY WAY TO IMPROVE BATTING OF THE BD TEAM IS TO BRING IN SHAHRIAR NAFEES!! Cmon captain u should have realised this by now............other than that brilliance all around the field that shattered the half filled glasses of englishmen was just miraculous and TIGERZ BELIEVE IN URSELVES AND U CAN DO WONDERS!!!!

Posted by Andrew on (March 12, 2011, 20:01 GMT)

@scorpshadow - the big conspiracy of the tournament is why Mahmudullah AND Nafees were overloked for Ashraful !!!! This was the best Banga side so far. I would probably replace Raqibal with Nafees.

Posted by Dar on (March 12, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

Well done Tigers. As I said in my previous post that I believe Tigers are much " better chasing than being chased". I would say again that Tigers should not lose Wickets by getting silly or unnecessary run-outs. I hope the team can play much improved cricket in the next two games to give us any hope of being in the Quarter Final. SA can be beaten, an example been set by England already, to keep them at a low score and bat cautiously. Please Jamie and Shakib, give Nafees a chance, he's much better a player than Rakib. Rakib have not shown any good cricket in the last 3 games. Give Nafees a chance against Neds, and you'll see he'll do good against SA. I have seen him doing well against big teams and play good cricket. Majority of fans want to see Nafees, not for anything else, but believe he'll be able to deliver.

Posted by Mohammed on (March 12, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

@flyingmachinee.....Dew factor also was a prblm for BD batsman if u really know cricket a bit!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 12, 2011, 16:37 GMT)

Thanks to the friends and well-wishers of Bangladesh cricket from Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and other parts of the world; same as the TRUE supporters at home the fan and followers of Bangla Cricket overseas always are the power behind every fightback.

Posted by Debasish on (March 12, 2011, 14:59 GMT)

thank you S Monga for a good story..hope our journalist can learn from you and gives back when the team is in critical position.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 12, 2011, 13:53 GMT)

carry on. still its a long way to go........ best of luck for the rest.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 12, 2011, 13:37 GMT)

ita proved we are new power in cricket world and we lost west indies it was an accident ..we hope we can paly good cricket against south africa

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