I don’t count domestic games: Shakib

Shakib Al Hasan has made a great comeback to international cricket after almost 17 months, as he picked up four wickets for just 8 runs in the first ODI against West Indies on Wednesday (January 20). He was also adjudged the man of the match.

Shakib in post-match press conference

Thanks to Shakib’s incredible bowling performance, West Indies were bowled out for just 122 runs. Bangladesh eventually cruised to victory by 6 wickets, with Shakib contributing another 19 runs with the bat.

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Shakib’s such return to international cricket gives the Bangladeshi spectators a sigh of relief, who were anxious after Shakib’s below-par form during the Bangabandhu T20 Cup in November-December.

However, Shakib revealed after the first one-dayer against the Caribbean that he was not concerned at all about his performance in the country’s domestic tournament.

“Focus was to put the ball in the right areas and let the ball do the work. I don’t count all the domestic games I played, outside the dressing room people may think about it but I don’t think about it,” said the star all-rounder.

Shakib also said that getting set at the crease and playing 43 balls, he should have stayed till the end. “I should have finished the game tonight, but will work on it and will try to finish next time.”

“The boys are playing after 9 months so everyone is a little bit nervous, but this win will help and we will be more calm and prepared for the next game,” he added.

Meanwhile captain Tamim Iqbal was quite satisfied with the bowlers and claimed that the wicket was not easy to bat on.

“No complaints, we bowled extremely well. Not just the spinners, but the pacers as well. Young Hasan was very impressive on debut too.

“It was very difficult to bat on because of the conditions and there was no sun throughout the game and it’s just the conditions that made the wicket look difficult. Not a pitch where you can play attacking shots from the start. Felt we batted sensibly.”

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