I follow Shakib Al Hasan- Rakibul Hasan after match-winning performance
Bangladesh U-19 Cricket Team reached the semi-finals of ICC U19 World Cup after beating South Africa by a huge margin of 104 runs. Bangladesh qualified for the semi-final for the second time in the history of the World Cup. Last time, team of Mehidy Hasan-Nazmul Hossain Shanto stopped at the last four.
But this time, there are better opportunities. If Bangladesh beat New Zealand in the semifinals, they will get the final ticket for the first time. Left-arm spinner Rakibul Hasan will be one of the biggest strengths of the Bangladesh team in the semifinal surely.
17-year-old Rakibul, alone destroyed Proteas batsmen on Thursday. In controlled spin, he bagged 5 wickets for 19 runs in 9.3 overs. And naturally won the Man of the Match award. At the press conference after the match, Rakibul said he had no role model.
“I have no role model. But I follow Shakib Al Hasan. He is a legend in Bangladesh cricket. I try to see how he reads to the opposing batsman, trying to understand the behavior of the wicket. That may have been the reason for my success. Besides, the result of the hard work I have done in the last one year has come in this match. I did well, the team did well.”
Before the press conference, Rakibul also spoke about his bowling at the awards ceremony. Describing the secret behind the success, he said, “I have seen previous matches on this wicket. In the second innings, the pitch slowed down slightly. So I tried to use it. I tried to fool the batsmen by varying the speed.”
The game had been in South Africa. Without the expatriate Bangladeshi audience, there had been no audience for supporting the youth Tigers. On Thursday, the expatriates had supported them throughout the whole match. Rakibul said such support always gave benefits to them.
“Look, audience presence is always an added benefit for any team to win. We played against South Africa here, we beat them on their own field. The people who supported us, it helped us a lot. In their field, some of us, along with their audience, are making noise, which in my opinion was a big deal.”