Former Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar Sumon was full of praise for Shakib Al Hasan, as the maverick all-round put up a marvelous all-round display in Cardiff to help Bangladesh pull of a stunning 5-wicket victory over New Zealand in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on Friday.
While Shakib’s heroics with the bat where he made a superb knock of 114 off just 115 balls has been well documented, Bashar was specially delighted with the way Shakib went about his bowling in this match, and thought it was one thing that played a big role in restricting New Zealand to a modest total of 265 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.
“Bangladesh didn’t allow Williamson and Ross Taylor to get away even when they were in the middle of a solid partnership, and I feel Shakib’s bowling had a big part to play in that,” wrote Bashar in his special column for ICC.
“Shakib came into this game without much to show with either the ball or the bat, but he is a special player, and he chose a special occasion to galvanise himself. He was probably unfortunate not to pick up wickets, but he kept things very tight.
“The scoreboard might eventually show that Williamson was run-out, but I think Shakib had a part to play in that dismissal, because his tightness through the middle overs forced New Zealand to look elsewhere for run-scoring options,” Bashar added.
For his all-round performance both with the bat and the ball, Shakib was adjudged the Man of the Match.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com