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Shakib Al Hasan

'I do get emotional'

Shakib Al Hasan on crying during games, and a compliment from Shoaib Malik

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

April 15, 2012

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Shakib Al Hasan warms up with a game of football, Mirpur, November 30, 2011
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First time I met a cricketing idol
My first cricketing idol was Saeed Anwar, but I have never met him. Apart from Anwar I have always admired Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar, and I was lucky to meet both of them during the 2007 World Cup. I did not speak to them, but made sure I took pictures with them.

First time I cried after a match
The quarter-final of the Under-19 World Cup, when we lost to England. Before the tournament we had played against England in a few one-dayers and beat them easily. So we thought we could beat them again during the World Cup. Unfortunately it did not happen that way. Do tears come easily to me? Sometimes, yes. I do get emotional when I am happy for playing a good innings that helped the team win, or at times when things are not happening the way they should.

First compliment I got from an international cricketer
I scored an ODI hundred against Pakistan in Multan. We were 10 for 3 when I came in, but I managed to stay for long enough to help Bangladesh make a modest target. Sometime later the Asia Cup was being played in Pakistan and Shoaib Malik, who was the Pakistan captain at the time, asked my team-mates why I was not in the squad. When he was told I was forced to sit out because I had to take some examinations, he said that he would have given me a pass certificate to make sure I was the first guy in his team. That was a nice thing he said.

First wicket in serious cricket
I got my first wicket off the first ball I ever bowled in competitive cricket with a leather ball. It was in my hometown, Magura, where I was playing for Islampur Para Cricket Club. It was also the first time, and perhaps the only occasion, when I allowed my parents to come and watch the match. I do not even remember what type of delivery it was, but I do know it flattened the middle stump. I was overjoyed. I finished with three wickets in that match.

First time a coach gave me stick
It was my first tour with a Bangladesh team, where I was part of the Under-15 team. We came to Kolkata to play against a Cricket Association of Bengal team. One day at the ground, our coach, Nazmul Abedin Fahim, was giving us some instructions seriously because we had not batted well. Something about that speech made me laugh. He was furious and let me have it. From that day I make sure I do not smile when a coach is talking seriously.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Comments: 37 
Posted by   on (April 18, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

sakib is the best...........

Posted by   on (April 17, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

He is the best. Go ahead and keep it up SHAKIB

Posted by   on (April 16, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Sakib is our pride.......... Best of luck Sakib

Posted by riajraju on (April 16, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

He is the best cricket ever in Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (April 16, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

shakib gradually u r becoming beloved player of almost every Pakistani fan.............

Posted by Iyer on (April 16, 2012, 2:41 GMT)

Shakib? who? Why do we even have this space wasted with his interview?

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (April 15, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

we pakistanis are proud of Skib too thats so because he plays for Bangladesh our second home.

Posted by   on (April 15, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

Other Team have their GREATS. Only Bangladesh has a MAGNIFICENT- SHAKIB AL HASAN. You make us proud Shakib. You are one of the best ambassadors of Bangladesh. Go and make others surpass you. That will make you a legend. Thanks for the interview.

Posted by   on (April 15, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

Shakib rokz, we are all proud that he is a Bangladeshi. Best wishes for him!

Posted by   on (April 15, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

Shakib i believe you are going to reach the position where the world greatest cricketer's are setting. All the wishes goes to you. Best of luck. We all proud of you become an Asian.

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