Rhodes heaps praise on Shakib’s cricketing brain

Newly appointed Bangladesh coach  Steve Rhodes thinks the Test and T20 captain of the side Shakib Al Hasan has an amazing cricketing brain. Absence of Fizz opportunity for others, says Rhodes

“We have got Shakib as the captain in T20s and Test matches, and tactically he is a fantastic captain. All the guys respect him, the way he plays his cricket. But his cricketing brain, and particularly in T20s, is amazing,” Rhodes was quoted as saying by popular cricket website Cricbuzz.

Shakib who already has played almost every franchise-based T20 tournaments in the world has been a flagbearer for Bangladesh for since 2011.

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Pointing out the reason why he thinks the all-rounder has an amazing cricketing brain, especially in T20s Rhodes said, “That is because he has played so much T20 cricket around the world, with so many franchises. He knows all the players and he knows the game (T20s). We are very lucky to have two very good captains.”

Although Bangladesh did great in the T20s against Windies, their performance was very poor in the Test series in the recently concluded Caribbean tour. Shakib Al Hasan led Bangladesh in both the series but the result was a lot different. So the coach was asked if he feels 31-year skipper showed a lot more clarity in T20s as a captain when compared to Tests where they were whitewashed 2-0.

However, the coach does not think Shakib had any issues in his captaincy during Test series rather it was momentum which was not in favour of Bangladesh played a big role for defeat. He added, “When we lost that toss (in the first Test) and we were all out for 44, it meant that momentum was totally against us. Like I said, the best captain in the world wouldn’t be able to turn that.”

“I think it was not down to Shakib’s captaincy. He is a very good captain. If we had a good start, if we had won the toss in that Test, we might have had some momentum,” he concluded.

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