There is a similiarity between Shahriar Nafees and Shakib Al Hasan. They are Bangladesh’s best batting and bowling performer in Champions Trophy, and both of their best performances came in the same match – against Zimbabwe in Jaipur during the 2006 version of the tournament. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ নাফিসকে মিস করবে বাংলাদেশ]
In that particular match, Bangladesh got their first and so far only win in Champions Trophy, Batting first, Bangladesh scored 231 runs in that match, and eventually won it by 101 runs.
Bangladesh could manage to amass a fighting total of 231 runs in that match was mostly because of Shahriar Nafees’s batting brilliance. Carrying the bat for all 50 overs, Nafees played a magnificent knock of 123 runs off 161 balls with the help of 17 fours and one six. This was, at that time, Bangladesh’s highest individual score in ODIs.
Shakib Al Hasan was the other hero of that match. With the bat in hand, he scored 36 runs, before picking up three wickets for just 18 runs with the ball. In that match, Shakib bowled all 10 overs at stretch to trigger a collapse in Zimbabwe’s late middle-order, and make sure Nafees’s knock didn’t go in vain.
Bangladesh are now on verge of another Champions Trophy. But here lies the difference between Nafees and Shakib. While Shakib is still a regular and also the most valuable member of Bangladesh team, Nafees is nowhere to be seen despite being a consistent performer in domestic cricket. No wonder Bangladesh will miss the services of Nafees.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com