Shakib Al Hasan April 15, 2012

'I do get emotional'

Shakib Al Hasan on crying during games, and a compliment from Shoaib Malik
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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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  • on April 18, 2012, 13:12 GMT

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

  • on April 17, 2012, 4:37 GMT

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

  • on April 16, 2012, 10:51 GMT

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

  • riajraju on April 16, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    He is the best cricket ever in Bangladesh.

  • on April 16, 2012, 3:17 GMT

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

  • Iyer on April 16, 2012, 2:41 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on April 15, 2012, 17:35 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on April 18, 2012, 13:12 GMT

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

  • on April 17, 2012, 4:37 GMT

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

  • on April 16, 2012, 10:51 GMT

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

  • riajraju on April 16, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    He is the best cricket ever in Bangladesh.

  • on April 16, 2012, 3:17 GMT

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

  • Iyer on April 16, 2012, 2:41 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on April 15, 2012, 17:35 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on April 15, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Go Ahead SHAKIB>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Empty-Sequence on April 15, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Shakib will definitely go as a greatest Player to play for Bangla and is undoubtedly a legend in the making.@ KiwiRocker- Its always better to watch neat & clean game played by Flat TBullies rather than those who play with Suspicious Motive.

  • Ibra95 on April 15, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Really proud of U, a honest player. Continue like that!!! ;)

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    After Reading This, He Became My Favorite All Rounder Among Bangladesh Team, And i Hope That He Will Meet Soon To Saeed Anwar...

  • Jawwad123 on April 15, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    You have made us proud! I will remember u and follow u throughout my life! I pray before every ball u bowl and every time u bat! Ur achievements sometimes bring tears to my eyes, quite unusual as I am just 14 yrs. I hope to become like you 1 day and maybe play int. cricket with u!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    sakib is best we wish all the best for u

  • on April 15, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    u r the real hero sakib... remember that... u r the best of all... u r the best all rounder around the world...

  • shomon_excellency-ctg on April 15, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Sakib is The Idol of Bangladeshi,Every One salute his commitment.

  • Indiaforever on April 15, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    I love Shakib and hope that he continues playing cricket for a long long time and make Bangladesh a better team in world cricket. He is definitely one of the best all rounders in the world if not the best and he deserves it.

  • Bang_La on April 15, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Sakib is dropped and Gambhir is soooooo soooooooooo happy!

  • aravind73 on April 15, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    bangladesh cricket where is now is due to few set of young talent and sakib is top of the list. He earned his place in bangladesh team and in KKR team with his sheer talent and quality cricket. want to see more matches Bangla and KKR win with the help of your cricketing skills SAKIB. wish you all the best.

  • xunaed on April 15, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Brilliant cricketer, great personality and a nice human being-you are on the right path to become a legend one day...

  • anika_payel on April 15, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    SHAKIB WILL GET HIGHEST WICKET AND TOP TEN RUN TAKER IN THIS IPL. WELL DONE SHAKIB WELL DONE.

  • anika_payel on April 15, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    NICE INTERVIEW.... SHAKIB GO AHEAD..........GO AHEAD ALSO KKR.........

  • on April 15, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Being an australian cricket fan I have so much repeat for this boy, He is the rock star of the field and such calm and organised class player who don't like to talk to much bcox its his performance displays all the talk. I wish kkr would have won at least one of their two early losses if this boy was there. To me to wish this boy You shine and rock and god bless you shakib to hold up ur country.

  • on April 15, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    whatevar compliments i hear about Shakib i get some kind of shock in me which makes me proud as a bangladeshi. one day u will remember u as a legend.

  • on April 15, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    We r proud of u Shakib Al Hasan....

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 15, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    The best thing of this all-rounder is that he shows his emotions rarely. I had seen him crying after the Final of Asia cup. Anyway, hope he'll meet Saeed Anwar soon.

  • on April 15, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Go Sakib! Want to see more magic from you!

  • BDabuNayeemAisDU on April 15, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Good luck Sakib... You are playing good cricket from your first match in Bangladesh national team. You are an asset of this team. You are world's no. 1 all rounder in Test and ODI cricket. I wish you will be the no. 1 in every form and department of cricket.

  • sabbor on April 15, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Every country has a legend and when he is done with his career, he will defiantly be one of them The Great Tiger.

  • on April 15, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Such a wonderful cricketer he is...and addition to this he is a very simple and honest person....he is such a great allrounder and yes he must be true about his idol because i also think that in his early days there was not any better batsman in international cricket than the legendary pakistani opener......he was such a class player that every one who watched him must liked him the most...i was also one of them....lol

  • on April 15, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Nice written, like this story. I hope that Shakib do better than what he has done so far.......

  • moon_ssmc on April 15, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    hope someday u will also be an international cricketing idol like lara, sachin or anwar. Last part of the interview made me laugh also. I feel curious when it was the last time...!!!

  • Khairul101 on April 15, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    Well men well played cricket. Shakib we proud for you. Luckily you are B'Deshi. We lucky to get you.

  • KiwiRocker- on April 15, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Nice and honest comments from a world class player. Shakib is so under rated as this guy is a very fine batsman, clever bowlers and very fine fielder. This is a complete definition of an all rounder...Something that India has not produced in 60+ years of their existance...At the same note, his idol was Saeed Anwar...another amazing batsman who literally smashed any bowling attack! I will pay anything to watch Saeed Anwar's wristy flicks rather wasting my time watching Tendulya's worthless hundrerds or Sehwag's flat track skyliners!

  • on April 15, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    good luck sakib u are the real champion in world cricket

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  • on April 15, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    good luck sakib u are the real champion in world cricket

  • KiwiRocker- on April 15, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Nice and honest comments from a world class player. Shakib is so under rated as this guy is a very fine batsman, clever bowlers and very fine fielder. This is a complete definition of an all rounder...Something that India has not produced in 60+ years of their existance...At the same note, his idol was Saeed Anwar...another amazing batsman who literally smashed any bowling attack! I will pay anything to watch Saeed Anwar's wristy flicks rather wasting my time watching Tendulya's worthless hundrerds or Sehwag's flat track skyliners!

  • Khairul101 on April 15, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    Well men well played cricket. Shakib we proud for you. Luckily you are B'Deshi. We lucky to get you.

  • moon_ssmc on April 15, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    hope someday u will also be an international cricketing idol like lara, sachin or anwar. Last part of the interview made me laugh also. I feel curious when it was the last time...!!!

  • on April 15, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Nice written, like this story. I hope that Shakib do better than what he has done so far.......

  • on April 15, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Such a wonderful cricketer he is...and addition to this he is a very simple and honest person....he is such a great allrounder and yes he must be true about his idol because i also think that in his early days there was not any better batsman in international cricket than the legendary pakistani opener......he was such a class player that every one who watched him must liked him the most...i was also one of them....lol

  • sabbor on April 15, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Every country has a legend and when he is done with his career, he will defiantly be one of them The Great Tiger.

  • BDabuNayeemAisDU on April 15, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Good luck Sakib... You are playing good cricket from your first match in Bangladesh national team. You are an asset of this team. You are world's no. 1 all rounder in Test and ODI cricket. I wish you will be the no. 1 in every form and department of cricket.

  • on April 15, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Go Sakib! Want to see more magic from you!

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 15, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    The best thing of this all-rounder is that he shows his emotions rarely. I had seen him crying after the Final of Asia cup. Anyway, hope he'll meet Saeed Anwar soon.