It’s difficult mathematically but anything is possible in cricket: Shakib
Bangladesh had no option rather than winning against Afghanistan to stay alive in the semi-final contention. They have done it successfully and will be keeping an close eye on Tuesday’s clash between Australia and England. The hosts need at least one win out of their remaining three matches to qualify for the semi-final.
Shakib Al Hasan believes its mathematically difficult to qualify for the semi-final, but the all-rounder is still optimistic.
“England have three more matches and they have to win one, we have two and we have to win two. It’s difficult mathematically but in cricket anything can happen. It will be difficult but we have to believe we can play well in the next two matches and get the result. We have to play two very important matches and get the results,” he said.
“Experience will help but experience is not the end of the world,” he said. “We have to play our best cricket to beat India. They have world-class players who can take the matches in their own hands. We have to be at our best and I believe we are a capable enough team.”
The all-rounder, who won his third man of the match award also insisted he doesn’t care about the personal achievements and expressed his happiness for being able to contribute to the win.
“I don’t rank my performance at all but it is very satisfying when I’m contributing with both bowl and bat. It gives me more satisfaction than it gives when I’m contributing in one sector. I did prepare well but I never felt I had a point to prove. I did everything I could do before the World Cup started for my preparation. Luckily it’s been helping me a lot,” he concluded.
Shakib scored 51 runs from 69 balls and finished with match figures of 5/29 to claim his third man of the match award.