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I was inspired by De Villiers to bat at three in World Cup, says Shakib


Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan had been banned from all from of cricket for one year about six months ago. He was banned by the ICC for failing to report a corrupt approach by a bookie.

I was inspired by De Villiers to bat at three in World Cup, says Shakib

Thinking about his return he said that the biggest challenge post his return will be to start from where he left off.

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The all-rounder is currently staying in America in these coronavirus crisis with his family. He will be able to make a comeback to competitive cricket after completing the one-year in October.

“I have realized that there are certain things that you just cannot take lightly due to ignorance and probably that is the biggest lesson I learnt during this time,” Shakib was quoted in DW Bangla following a live program on Monday (May 11).

Shakib Al Hasan then added that South African great AB de Villiers inspired him to bat at number three in the World Cup. But at the beginning it was very difficult for him because everyone was against it.

Shakib was very consistent with the bat throughout the tournament scoring 606 runs. After that he placed his name alongside Sachin Tendulkar, Matthew Hayden and Rohit Sharma, as the only players to have scored over 600 runs in a World Cup. He also picked up 11 wickets along with his two centuries and five half-centuries.

Former ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza admitted during a live session with Tamim Iqbal that the whole team was against promoting him at three. But he was convinced as he knew Shakib would take the challenge how hard it is.

“I was talking to De Villiers during the BPL before the World Cup,” Shakib recalled. “It was just a normal conversation. He told me that at times he has batted late. If he had batted at number three, then he could have contributed more to the team and scored more runs.

“Thinking about the team, he always had to play at four, five, six. His theory was to play in the middle order and score 70-80, which sometimes gives the advantage to the team and sometimes it doesn’t work. But had he batted at three, then he could have scored 100-120 and might have won more.”

“I thought I would take the center stage after the fall of two-three wickets and take the team forward. Things were like that in his case too. He was saying at that time, had he batted at three, he could have scored more runs and that would have put less pressure on the next batsman. There are two ways to think, I will not say which is right and which is wrong. The point is, when you make a decision, your intentions are the most important.”

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