Barisal division opener and former vice captain of Bangladesh, Shahriar Nafees has said in a recent interview that Shakib Al Hasan needs to be supported in his off-form by the support stuff and fans. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ দুঃসময়ে সাকিবের পাশে দাঁড়াতে আহবান নাফিসের]
Shakib Al Hasan has not lived up to his name in this years ICC Champions Trophy thus far.His bad form with bat started from the tri-series in Ireland, where he failed to score a single fifty plus innings. Shakib showed some promise of getting back in form in the match against Australia, where he hobbled his way to a 29 run innings from 47 deliveries. And his performance with the ball in hasn’t been too good either. He has looked very ordinary and nonthreatening bowler. Many cricket fans and former players have been critical of his below par performances.
But his former teammate in the national side, Shahriar Nafees reminded reminded the people of Shakib’s past contributions and asked everyone to be patient with him.
” It’s true that Shakib’s performance has been disappointing. But it’s also true that he, for a long time has been the best performer in the side. Right now we are lauding Tamim Iqbal with praises. But there was a time when Shakib was the sole performer in the side. He single-handedly won matches for Bangladesh. Now Shakib is going through a rough patch and we all should support him in his bad time,”said Nafees.
But he also reminded Shakib the fleeting nature of fame and popularity in the current cricketing world. He urged Shakib to figure out what’s going wrong for him fix it as soon as possible.
” Shakib also needs to figure out where he is lacking. Because International cricket is such a place where no one is going to remember what you did in the past.” said the left-hand opener.
“If he doesn’t improve his performance he will suffer like any other player. As he is Shakib Al Hasan he might suffer after 30 matches, If it was Imrul Kayes he would’ve suffered after 3 matches.”