Shakib Al Hasan March 31, 2012

'I don't think about much more than cricket'

The Bangladesh allrounder is optimistic about his team's future, especially as strong hosts. He looks back at the Asia Cup performance and at his career so far
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Shakib Al Hasan has played non-stop for the last three years. When not representing his country, he has played club cricket in Dhaka, county cricket in England, and in the IPL or the BPL. Three days after an emotionally draining Asia Cup campaign, Shakib turned out for his club, Victoria Sporting Club, in a crucial phase of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League. Nursing a bruised right elbow, he sat down earlier this week to talk about his growing up years, his ambitions, and why children adore him.

You have many firsts to your name. How does it feel to be the first Man of the Tournament from Bangladesh, in the Asia Cup?
It is great, though it didn't seem so big at the time. But now that I think of it after a few days, this is a great achievement from a personal point of view. I think it is one of the best things I've done.

Do you keep an eye on what allrounders like Shane Watson or Jacques Kallis are doing?
No, never. Sometimes I see someone bat or bowl on television but that's about it. I have not looked at another player with the purpose of wishing he fails.

We hardly see pressure on your face despite so much trouble around you when you come to bat. Do you meditate?
It's not that I am not under pressure. I don't let anyone see that it's affecting me. Of course, I am under pressure in certain situations. I think for a big player, handling pressure is the biggest challenge. Whoever can handle pressure will be good in his career.

I don't think about much more than cricket. My life is all about this game, so I am not worried about anything else.

How do you keep away from the pressure?
I don't think about anything else. (Smiles) There are moments, but since this is a good time, the thought process has been quite different. But there are times when there are no good thoughts, when a good word doesn't feel like it is worth hearing. I have crossed such a phase, so I understand what it is. I have been playing in the national team for five or six years now and I have seen a lot. So I know what is coming at me and I know how to handle it.

Do you have a normal life now? How do people react when they see you on the street?
The last time I went to a shopping mall was before the World Cup. I don't think I have gone to such a place after that. I can only go to a restaurant.

When kids, while they are going to school in a van or a bus, see me on the streets, they start screaming and shouting. I like such things but I don't like it when people surround me. If I'm going somewhere and someone says hi, I think that's fine.

I haven't gone anywhere in the last one year so it's hard to say how they will react. I have to go out one day and find out. (Laughs)

The journey from Magura, where you were born, to here - has it been a difficult one?
I don't think it was difficult. There was a difficult time after I got into the national team but before that I didn't have to struggle at any stage.

By Allah's grace, I played Under-15s, U-17s, U-19s and got into the Academy team. Imagine, I started playing cricket in 2002 and I was in the national team four years later.

After the 2007 World Cup and the India series, I struggled for eight to nine months. I learned a lot during that time. After that I haven't had to struggle much in my career so far.

Did the time spent at the BKSP [Bangladesh's national sports institute] help you to handle things better?
I always think that if I had come directly from Magura, it would have been difficult, probably impossible to get this far. So BKSP was an important element for me. I think I learned 5-10% of the bad stuff but the 90-95% of the good stuff that I learnt from BKSP has really helped me in life.

Did you ever think you would become the most-recognised face in Bangladesh?
No. (Laughs) Who knew this would happen? I do see the news and read newspapers, but never really went too deep into reading what is written in the sports pages. I don't think about such things. And to be honest, if the news is about me, what is the point of me reading it?

I used to study, spend time with my friends, practise cricket. That's how I was in my BKSP days.

"When kids see me on the streets, they start screaming and shouting. I like such things but I don't like it when people surround me. If I'm going somewhere and someone says hi, I think that's fine"

In the Asia Cup final, you reacted violently after getting out. Later you cried with some of your team-mates. How is it that you reacted so emotionally?
I do react but in the dressing room. This was different. I was disappointed because I expected the team and those coming to watch us depended on me. The whole country was thinking that way, so I felt bad.

There wasn't a game when I didn't start well. I won two Man-of-the-Match awards, and if we had won the other two [matches against Pakistan], I would have done the same in those games. So to get so close and not finish it well was a disappointing factor.

World-class players are slightly better in these situations. At the end of the series, I believed that I am a very good player but still have a little left. If I can do that extra bit, I can help Bangladesh win many matches.

The day after the Asia Cup final, one newspaper had a front-page picture of you crying. Some people said that seeing you and Mushfiqur Rahim get so emotional made them cry too.
(Laughs) I have received 500-600 SMSes, so that's what the situation was after the final.

After I woke up the next day and went to the breakfast table, [Enamul Haque] Bijoy brought me the paper and said, "Look at the picture." I was like, "Again this crying?"

Tell us how you score fifties so quickly. You don't go for the big shots all the time.
I start playing quite normally, according to whatever situation I'm facing. Even some of my team-mates tell each other, "He will get to 20 before we realise anything." I think I start well because maybe I pick a lot of singles. My strike rate is good, and with the odd boundary, it improves every ball. I play very few dot balls at the start.

In the final against Pakistan, my body was not awake to the situation. I told someone, "Pray for me, brother, I am feeling very sleepy." I went in, first ball I pulled and it went to the boundary. So it is like that, when you don't think much, it still happens.

Can you quickly get into the zone when you are batting?
I have found that I can bat normally at the start of the innings. Sometimes I can bat in this way, sometimes I am under pressure. It entirely depends on the situation I am in. But as I have said before, handling the pressure is the hallmark of a good player.

How important is professionalism, overall, to you?
It is very important because without professionalism, becoming a proper cricketer is difficult. I got emotional one day, but after a day I changed. I have to change. The next match I play is a totally different ballgame to me. Such emotions do not matter. If I sit with that emotion, my life won't run in the right direction. I have to improve my game. I think all this falls under professionalism.

Have county cricket and IPL changed your perception of professionalism?
It has mainly happened by playing county cricket. In the IPL there is a lot more travelling and matches so it is difficult to get an opportunity to practise a particular area of your game. In county cricket you get to stay at one place for a while. There's a lot more opportunity to work on yourself. If I want to improve, there's a lot of scope in the county game. This is where professionalism kicks in: to bat an extra hour or to bowl or to do some extra work on the field. It depends on how honest I am with my work.

Do you find it missing in Bangladesh?
I don't think it is missing. I think I am the laziest person in the national team. Everyone else works harder than me.

I do my bit, whatever it is that I need to work on. I might spend the least amount of time in the gym, but when required I will do it.

Your actions have been questioned before. Are you comfortable with the media now?
Now I am very comfortable. A person learns from the mistakes he or she makes.

The media praised you after the Sri Lanka win. You think they are sometimes inconsistent?
(Laughs) It's quite natural. An Indian TV channel, before the Bangladesh-India game, was saying India will score 450 runs and whatnot. That same channel says the opposite thing after the game. There's no doubt they are inconsistent. I think the journalists won't disagree with me. (Laughs)

In this country there are thousands of youngsters who want to be like you. What would you like to tell them?
Stay honest, disciplined and be fully determined to reach the target you want to achieve. A lot of difficult phases will come but stay determined. Sachin Tendulkar was saying in an interview after his 100th hundred that your dream will come true if you are single-minded about it.

I didn't know there was something called U-13s or U-15s cricket before I played it. When I started playing age-level cricket, I was hell-bent on touring Siliguri or Kolkata, where the usual tours were. Only I know how hard I worked to get into those tours. I don't think I have ever worked harder for anything else other than playing in the U-15 team. What didn't I do! I did it all.

If one can be this determined, anything is possible. To stay in this frame of mind, you have to be honest, do a lot of hard work and be dedicated to the cause.

You are very popular with children. What do you think they see in you?
(Laughs) The other day [after the game against Sri Lanka] there was a five-year-old girl who came near the dressing room and started making faces at me. I did the same to her, pulled faces. After the final, I saw her again. Her dad said jokingly that she wanted to propose to me. She got so shy. (Laughs) I told her, "Okay, I will propose to you."

You are a hero to many kids. Who is your hero?
When I was a kid I loved watching Saeed Anwar bat and Saqlain Mushtaq bowl. I liked Wasim Akram a lot, also liked watching Daniel Vettori and Rahul Dravid, and I liked [Shivnarine] Chanderpaul's approach. I pick the small things from everyone but there's no one in particular that I see as my hero.

Have you made it this far on your own or has there been some help on the way?
There are several people who have had an impact on me. First of all, my family. When I got into the BKSP, I had to take a two-year break. In Bangladesh, such a break in education is totally unthinkable. "What will happen to the boy now? Will he get a job in the future?" That was a very natural concern for a middle-class family like ours.

We had a coach in Magura called [Ashraful Islam] Bappi, who is now working in Myanmar. He told my father to let me go to the BKSP. Bappi sir was the one who taught me how to hold a ball and a bat when he held a one-month talent hunt. After he asked for me, my father and mother had to take a decision about my future. It was a hard call on their part, I understand now.

When I talk about BKSP, everyone and everything has made a contribution to my development. From the tree leaves to the field, the athletics track and swimming pool, it has all contributed.

Every coach thereafter helped me - Sri Lankan coaches, Australian coaches, and whoever was in charge helped me. Otherwise it wouldn't have been possible to come so far.

Have you always been a leader of the pack?
My leadership was very good when it came to playing football and cricket. When we played football, I was the first to be called up so I had some kind of responsibility. I used to fix who would play where. It was the same in the cricket field. So it doesn't matter to me whether I am a captain or not. I used to set fields, decide who should bowl when and where someone should bat.

"I think I am the laziest person in the national team. Everyone else works harder than me"

It has happened since BKSP, though it took me a while to adjust. I was independent in the BKSP, from putting up the mosquito net to cleaning my clothes to polishing my oxford shoes, I had to do my own work.

When you used to bat in the nets at the BKSP, players said you were the next big thing. Did that ever put pressure on you?
I never thought of such things. When I played U-15 that was what I thought about, nothing else. It's the same now. After I got into the hotel, that's when I started thinking about the Asia Cup, not before. I don't set targets that are still far from me, because I know all this will come if I do the job at hand properly.

How will you handle this load?
The county cricket [offer] hasn't been confirmed yet. I still don't know whether I will play even if I am fit. I haven't stopped for the last three years, so I think if I get 15-20 days to rest after the IPL, I will go and play in England after that. If they tell me to go the week after the IPL, I won't. That's what I have planned.

I have played a lot of cricket, I need a break. I have some stuff of my own to take care of. To play good cricket one needs to stay away from cricket too.

Do you think about Bangladesh cricket's future?
This [Asia Cup performance] has helped us set new goals. It is important that four or five people are performing. I feel at home we can handle teams a lot better.

India still has trouble away from home, so I think we should become tough competitors at home, and in the next year or two, no one can come and whitewash us easily. We may not win Tests because we haven't got the attack to take 20 wickets. We need genuine bowlers to take 20 wickets, but we will win one-day games.

What's your next ambition?
Personally, I want to improve by finishing matches. My bowling isn't going that well. It's difficult to keep both going - batting and bowling. I feel it is hard to concentrate on both in training. I have seen that if I take one discipline and work on it, it gets better. But to work on both is a bit difficult. So you have to let one go at times. It is a problem at times [as an allrounder]. There's a lot of room to work hard. I told you, I am a lazy person.

How will you sustain this good run that you've had since last December?
If the IPL goes well, I would think it will be a good way to continue. I think it is possible to sustain. I have to play in this manner and stay fit.

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 2, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    @Zahidsaltin: Yes BD have no genuine fast bowler like LEE, BOND, STEYN etc. But their top-order batting per4mance in TEST is too poor. No doubt they r unable to take 20 wkts. But they can't even DRAW a test due to lack of Batting ability in longer Formats. They've Tamim with average of 38 & Shakib with batting average of about 35. But they don't have batsman of 45+ batting average. So it's tough to draw a test against opponents except WI, NZ, ZIM.

  • Meety on April 2, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Top class cricketer, & if he can get some support, Bangladesh can quickly rise up the ranks. To do well overseas, they need at least two more quality pace bowlers who are at least the same quality as Mortaza (Better preferably). He should (hopefully) have a long career.

  • on April 1, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Sakib has the potential to be the best all rounder in the cricketing world and he is in the right direction to be there. Keep going SAkib.

  • Praxis on April 1, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Most impressive thing about this guy to me is his nonchalant demeanor on field, specially while batting. If he can keep his current for just for 2/3 more years then these people will probably run out of excuses to not recognize him as one the best. Even Kallis isn't considered the current best cricketer by many despite all those runs, wickets & catches. Its also very heartwarming to see Shakib take media & journalists so lightly. Only thing that bothers me that a player of such talent will probably not mature soon enough for tests by playing mostly limited overs cricket.

  • Zahidsaltin on April 1, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Bangladesh needs a couple of replacements in the batting order but the real problem still is the lack of bowling. They need some good fast bowlers who can take 20 wickets against top batting lines like India and south africa. Both India and Bangladesh are poor in bowling department but india can compensate through having worlds best batting line, Bangladesh suffers badly.

  • on April 1, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    All hail the cricketing legend of near future!! mannn i wanna meet him in real atleast once!!

  • Pathiyal on April 1, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    a nice cricketer to watch. he will become a good finisher in ODIs in no time. i guess he is the best the country till now.

  • Jakir_Hossain on April 1, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Sakib is the best... May Allah bless you..

  • 07sanjeewakaru on April 1, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Sakib and Bangladesh,NOW Start the journey like Srilanka in1995.Do not demoralise with your bowling attack you want to win a test against a big country.good luck.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 1, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Best Interview that I had ever seen 4m a Bangladeshi Cricketer. Shakib is a genuine spin all-rounder. No doubt Kallis is best all-rounder of his time but Shakib seems to b best spin all-rounder now, surpassing Vettori & Afridi. Hope he will b one of the best all-rounder of all time within next 6/7 years.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 2, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    @Zahidsaltin: Yes BD have no genuine fast bowler like LEE, BOND, STEYN etc. But their top-order batting per4mance in TEST is too poor. No doubt they r unable to take 20 wkts. But they can't even DRAW a test due to lack of Batting ability in longer Formats. They've Tamim with average of 38 & Shakib with batting average of about 35. But they don't have batsman of 45+ batting average. So it's tough to draw a test against opponents except WI, NZ, ZIM.

  • Meety on April 2, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Top class cricketer, & if he can get some support, Bangladesh can quickly rise up the ranks. To do well overseas, they need at least two more quality pace bowlers who are at least the same quality as Mortaza (Better preferably). He should (hopefully) have a long career.

  • on April 1, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Sakib has the potential to be the best all rounder in the cricketing world and he is in the right direction to be there. Keep going SAkib.

  • Praxis on April 1, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Most impressive thing about this guy to me is his nonchalant demeanor on field, specially while batting. If he can keep his current for just for 2/3 more years then these people will probably run out of excuses to not recognize him as one the best. Even Kallis isn't considered the current best cricketer by many despite all those runs, wickets & catches. Its also very heartwarming to see Shakib take media & journalists so lightly. Only thing that bothers me that a player of such talent will probably not mature soon enough for tests by playing mostly limited overs cricket.

  • Zahidsaltin on April 1, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Bangladesh needs a couple of replacements in the batting order but the real problem still is the lack of bowling. They need some good fast bowlers who can take 20 wickets against top batting lines like India and south africa. Both India and Bangladesh are poor in bowling department but india can compensate through having worlds best batting line, Bangladesh suffers badly.

  • on April 1, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    All hail the cricketing legend of near future!! mannn i wanna meet him in real atleast once!!

  • Pathiyal on April 1, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    a nice cricketer to watch. he will become a good finisher in ODIs in no time. i guess he is the best the country till now.

  • Jakir_Hossain on April 1, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Sakib is the best... May Allah bless you..

  • 07sanjeewakaru on April 1, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Sakib and Bangladesh,NOW Start the journey like Srilanka in1995.Do not demoralise with your bowling attack you want to win a test against a big country.good luck.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 1, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Best Interview that I had ever seen 4m a Bangladeshi Cricketer. Shakib is a genuine spin all-rounder. No doubt Kallis is best all-rounder of his time but Shakib seems to b best spin all-rounder now, surpassing Vettori & Afridi. Hope he will b one of the best all-rounder of all time within next 6/7 years.

  • on April 1, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Shakib has a very modest and likable demeanor. I hope and pray that by the will of Allah you continue doing well for Bangla Desh my brother.

  • on April 1, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Shakib you are the Ambassador of Bangladesh cricket. Ban cricket will move forward with the fantastic performance from you and other guys. We are very much positive and wishes your good health. Try to be honest all together.

  • nilb on April 1, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Admirable character and a player. Best wishes from Sri Lanka.

  • on April 1, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    A marvellous conversation!!I can learn many things from Shakib.Especially how to be succeded in life & many more information I can know.Thank u.

  • jb633 on April 1, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Very nice interview, he seems to be a humble and charming charcter. However it is premature to call him the best allrounder atm, given that Kallis is still playing. I like the fact that he has come to play in England, and I think the improvement is there for all to see. I hope we see him again this summer in our dometsic comps.

  • on March 31, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    lets go Shakib..our best wishes r always with u!

  • kunderanengineer on March 31, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    I have to admit that I haven't been a fan of the IPL but I find it difficult to resist cheering for the Kolkata team knowing that two class acts in cricket - one at the twilight of his career (Kallis) and the other at the dawn of his career (Shakib) both play on that team. Shakib. you and Jacques have managed to do what I thought was impossible; you've turned me into an IPL fan!

  • on March 31, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    he is great asset for bangladesh, we should give him freedom

  • on March 31, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    In his last Four series he was elected Man of the series West Indies Test series Pakistan test Series BPL Asia Cup All the best for IPL Shakib Make us proud as you always do.

  • Lord_Dravid on March 31, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    him and tamim iqbal are decent international players..its a shame that the rest of the team are dismal. instead of wasting time and the ICC's money, bangladesh should play domestic teams of major test countries like ind, eng etc then they are likely to improve. There's no point in going europhic beating ind, pak or SL once in a blue moon.

  • kunderanengineer on March 31, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    "At the end of the series (Asia Cup), I believed that I am a very good player but still have a little bit left" Great players are never satisfied with their ability; they are constantly looking for areas where they could make improvements to their game. It is also remarkable that at the tender age of 23 this young man not only has the inherent maturity and professionalism but a winning mindset and attitude which spills over to the rest of his teammates. I have said this before on cricinfo and I'm going to say it again: you are looking at the next great allrounder in international cricket and his name is Shakib al Hassan.

  • HeinekenBoy on March 31, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Welldone Shakib. Best of luck for IPL and KKR

  • on March 31, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    If not for Kallis, I bet he is the best allrounder in world cricket. At least in ODIs. Intelligent, humble and talented. He is sure to inspire future legends from Bangladesh.

  • bharatavarsha on March 31, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Intelligent guy,good interview....the presence of such players is good for IPL,but is IPL (or BPL,Big Bash etc) good for them and for cricket itself?

  • on March 31, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Looks like this guy will take BD to the next level. Looks focussed compared to others...All the best bd

  • on March 31, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    A true talent. Can bring a new era in Bangladesh cricket in and out of the field has he been treated professionally as BCB is run by people like Kamal! Wish him and BD cricket all the best in coming days. Need some match wining bowlers who can take 20 wickets in a test match. Talet hunt programs should run by BCB sonner rather than later.

  • smalishah84 on March 31, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Shakib is such an awesome player and such a humble individual too.....that anecdote about the little kid wanting to marry him was hilarious

  • ibbani on March 31, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    he is a super nut. he is the average player of n ordinary club team.

  • on March 31, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Many of us want's to see sakib to get the hat trick man of the series. I know he is wll capable of doing this. But don't demand it from him, because it will become a pressure on him. Just pray to GOD that he can play his natural game.

  • on March 31, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Not only in cricket, he is also very matured in his thoughts. Good luck Sakib..one day we want to tell you as one of the best alrounder of cricketing history.

  • thinktank1 on March 31, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    He is a honest guy. Nice interview.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on March 31, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    thats what professionalism is all about- not basked by the glory of himself- trying to improve more and more. Best player in the world right now- in the field and out of the field

  • umairasgharbutt on March 31, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    you keep crying like baby !

  • on March 31, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    অনেক শুভ কামনা সাকিবের জন্য... best wishes for shakib...

  • on March 31, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    i do believe sakib will also be the key player in IPL of kolkata knight riders .

  • on March 31, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Shakib vai, please try to give ur best in IPL, we want to see u as a hat-trick man of the tournament owner...u alrdy won it in BPL & Asia cup,now its time to win in IPL...Best of luck Shakib vai...:-)

  • tisra on March 31, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Best interview I have read in a while from a cricketer. Just a year ago, he was grilled by his critics and by a lot of Bangladeshis for his not-too-diplomatic-but-straight comments and so-called disciplinary issues. He eventually lost his captaincy, nobody complained. But he cooled down, didn't let anything eat his mind and turned back immediately with his never dipping form. This guy seems to learn from anything, never breaks down....Respect Brother!

  • frozendilemma on March 31, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    He`s an amazing player and he`s so humble and I think that has helped him a lot...One can learn a lot from him...Kudos to him

  • on March 31, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Now Shakib is too much matured... its time to change the game...

  • on March 31, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    One quality he has is his composure. He doesn't loose his temper, when he was thrown with the extra role of captaincy I thought we did real injustice to the kid. He had to bat,bowl,field & lead, with all the external influence and pressure. We forgot he's just a 23 yr old guy. At his age, most don't even know which way to take their lives and he has taken the responsibility of 160 millions hope on his young shoulder. I hope he takes care of himself. Hopefully he'll stay injury free and he's wise enough not to go after a quick buck. Taking a brk might be the best thing, but also we should not put so much pressure and burden of expectation on this young team. None of them are in their late 20s and they deserve to enjoy the game. We don't have that many idols in BD who can be celebrated without any partisan point of view. From that point, Shakib is a rare commodity and I hope he stays out of any controversy and ppl give him a bit personal space too. All da best TIGER, roar at ur own will

  • on March 31, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    At this time Shakib is the legend of BD cricket. In future he will be the legend of world cricket. Inshallah.

  • on March 31, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    No Doubt Shakib is an World Class Player...if he continue playing like diz after 5/6 years later we could certainly tell d world that..,,"look at diz hero,he is our legend n we are proud of him"...

  • on March 31, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    I was away from all types of sports but Cricket particularly Sakib's way of playing compels me again to watch cricket. This is not easy for any cricketers to stay as the best all rounder for long time. Sakib makes it possible by working and contributing a lot behind this game. I am one of his real fans among of his many fans. Seeing his crying face in the newspapers, I also cried for my Bangladesh Team. Because I never see Sakib to be disappointed easily. I wish Sakib will perform in both IPL and county Cricket as well.

  • on March 31, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    like the attitude, keep it up, we are always with you. now you are the nucleolus of Bangladesh cricket. play as a team :)

  • on March 31, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Superb Interview. Shakib becomes more mature. He is our super hero, hope he will contribute himself properly to reach Bangladesh Cricket in higher level.

  • JamesTHEwalldravid on March 31, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    @JohnSnider You are a joke. I have several Pak friends and they even supported The Bangla Tigers in The Asia Cup final against Pak, but after seeing the behaviour of The Banglapeople and the Cheema Controversy that followed they now talk about humiliating Bangla next time they play themm why? Because Bangla have no sportsman's spirit. Personally I can't believe that Bangla has one good series and then they start acting like they are the Windies of the 80's! I mean comeon, get a grib, such arrogance is unbecoming.

  • on March 31, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    congrts shakib for an exclnt interview..

  • DecisionPending_BD on March 31, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    He's terrific cricketer, played with passion and professionalism. He knows what he can & what he can't do... well minded, developed cricketer by playing county cricket. He will take Bangladesh cricket further.

  • on March 31, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    (Laughs) It's quite natural. An Indian TV channel, before the Bangladesh-India game, was saying India will score 450 runs and whatnot. That same channel says the opposite thing after the game. There's no doubt they are inconsistent. I think the journalists won't disagree with me. (Laughs)

    Well Said .. :)

  • on March 31, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    most important things of Shakib is that he is a consistant match winner. there are many greater player than Shakib but most of them are lacking of this finest qualification. he is making differnce with his professional batting, bowling, fielding and most importantly with his wise thinking in tough situations. wish he can able to carry on this in his whole carrier.

  • on March 31, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Definitely He can b the role model of the generation in our country he taught us in asia cup how to a person fight alone frm his own position for country and how to pay respect to the blvs of a nation on him

  • Lakpj on March 31, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    No doubt shakib is a very fine player and alone with tamim and nasir hussain they can take the BD cricket forward. After this tournament still I am not 100% convinced that they have really improved as a team. During this Asia cup the due was a crucial factor and the team batting 2nd had lot of advantage. Their chases agianst India and SL would have been much tougher if not been for due. Before the WC they beat New Zealand 4-0 but had a pretty lean time after then. So we have to wait for another 2-3 series and see whether they had really improved. Anyway they seem to be heading in the right direction.

  • on March 31, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    <3 Sakib <3 iz a real tigerz of bd..n he iz a great all rounder..of the world..we r proud 4 his performance..n i think he iz a " one man Army"

  • on March 31, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    I love Shakib. I think he will be remembered much in the same way as Kapil Dev - the all-rounder and captain that took his country from a bit players to a world class team.

  • on March 31, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    We call him.''BANGLADESHER JAN- SHAKIB AL HASSAN'' mean, ''Life of Bangladesh- Shakib Al Hassan''. We also say about him, HE IS ONE OF THE OUR COUNTRIES NATURAL WEALTH''. We really proud of him and LOVE HIM. Notice: Not only kids but also old people love him like kids people. MY wish for him, HE WILL BE THE MAN OF IPL2010. THANK YOU CRICKINFO FOR HIS INTERVIEW.

  • on March 31, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    This guy is good on the mic as well!

  • KaziMostak on March 31, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan is like a very refreshing spring rain after one hundred years of dry summer - in Bangladesh cricket, of course. We now have a real hero after so many heartbreaks and unfulfilled promises. I am proud that my country has produced a cricketer of world standard. I am sure that Bangladeshi cricket fans will bask in the sunny achievements of this great cricketer many more years in the future...

  • on March 31, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    sakib al hasan is the genuine legend of bd cricket. the bangladeshi people praying for him always. insallah he will continue his form consistently for bd cricket future.

  • fan_of_good_cricket on March 31, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    @JohnSnider ( I am from Pakistan but Sakib is my favourite and will remain as favourite MAy Allah give hm more power and defeat Pakistan) ... Are you really from Pakistan? :)

    I am from Pakistan and I wish Shakib could be part of Pakistan team, helping us to beat every other team in the world.

  • MarufHhossain on March 31, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    SHAKIB THE BEST.BOOM BOOM SHAKIB WILL BE SEEN IPL AND ALSO BOWL.GO AHEAD SHAKIB GO AHEAD. GO AHEAD KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS.

  • on March 31, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Go shakib go.everytime the whole nation with u nd bd cricket team.try to manage bcb to arrange more game.

  • JohnSnider on March 31, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Best Interview I have seen in a while and Sakib also had great responces and excellent advice. I am from Pakistan but Sakib is my favourite and will remain as favourite MAy Allah give hm more power and defeat Pakistan. I believe BD played mu7ch better than Pakistan and crying is well justified.

  • on March 31, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    I think Shakib could be the man who can take Bangladesh Team in a different level.

  • on March 31, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    Passion to the game, helps a lot, & makes one great player from a ordinary player. This man is so passionate to cricket, & I believe, he will be one of the greats of cricket. Next 10 years, cricket fans will get a lot from him.

  • woodhaven on March 31, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    very mature guy. at the age of 24, he is considered as competitor of kallis and watson, thats great achievement. actually he is the best cricketer in the world at this moment

  • on March 31, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan is such a prodigy whom the country will remember a long time. Getting in a difficult situation and handle it in such cool manner is his extra-ordinary specialty. This boy will go far definitely. The world has a lot to see.

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  • on March 31, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan is such a prodigy whom the country will remember a long time. Getting in a difficult situation and handle it in such cool manner is his extra-ordinary specialty. This boy will go far definitely. The world has a lot to see.

  • woodhaven on March 31, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    very mature guy. at the age of 24, he is considered as competitor of kallis and watson, thats great achievement. actually he is the best cricketer in the world at this moment

  • on March 31, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    Passion to the game, helps a lot, & makes one great player from a ordinary player. This man is so passionate to cricket, & I believe, he will be one of the greats of cricket. Next 10 years, cricket fans will get a lot from him.

  • on March 31, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    I think Shakib could be the man who can take Bangladesh Team in a different level.

  • JohnSnider on March 31, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Best Interview I have seen in a while and Sakib also had great responces and excellent advice. I am from Pakistan but Sakib is my favourite and will remain as favourite MAy Allah give hm more power and defeat Pakistan. I believe BD played mu7ch better than Pakistan and crying is well justified.

  • on March 31, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Go shakib go.everytime the whole nation with u nd bd cricket team.try to manage bcb to arrange more game.

  • MarufHhossain on March 31, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    SHAKIB THE BEST.BOOM BOOM SHAKIB WILL BE SEEN IPL AND ALSO BOWL.GO AHEAD SHAKIB GO AHEAD. GO AHEAD KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS.

  • fan_of_good_cricket on March 31, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    @JohnSnider ( I am from Pakistan but Sakib is my favourite and will remain as favourite MAy Allah give hm more power and defeat Pakistan) ... Are you really from Pakistan? :)

    I am from Pakistan and I wish Shakib could be part of Pakistan team, helping us to beat every other team in the world.

  • on March 31, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    sakib al hasan is the genuine legend of bd cricket. the bangladeshi people praying for him always. insallah he will continue his form consistently for bd cricket future.

  • KaziMostak on March 31, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Shakib Al Hasan is like a very refreshing spring rain after one hundred years of dry summer - in Bangladesh cricket, of course. We now have a real hero after so many heartbreaks and unfulfilled promises. I am proud that my country has produced a cricketer of world standard. I am sure that Bangladeshi cricket fans will bask in the sunny achievements of this great cricketer many more years in the future...