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Shakib expresses his desire to bat at no. 3 in ODIs for Bangladesh

Bangladesh all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan revealed his wish to bat at no. 3 in the 50-over format for Bangladesh ahead of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

“Sometime in the past I needed to make my appearance to the crease before the initial 10 overs even if I batted at No.5. However, at this point things have changed, I don’t get an opportunity to bat before 35-40 overs if I bat at the No.5 position,” he said.

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“For me, I think, the earlier the better. In this way, specifically, I need to play at No.3. I have also expressed my desire to the coach and the captain. Yet, I don’t have any issue to play anyplace for the team,” he added.

Shakib Al Hasan have batted at the no. 3 position recently for Bangladesh. He played at that position in 13 innings and scored 492 runs with the average of 41.00 which is much better than his career average 35.45. He also hit five half-centuries in that position.

One of the finest all-rounder in international cricket, Shakib is one of the fittest cricketer in the Bangladesh team right now. He also talked about his motivation to work on his fitness issues.  “Sometimes in your life, you need a kick. I have the kick,” he said.

“I won’t say how. That is a mystery. It has arrived in a manner that has stirred me. I was fit up to 2011. From that point onward, I didn’t get much opportunity to work on my fitness and I didn’t feel any push as well. However, I have the kick now.”

Shakib has been in Ireland currently to play the Tri-nation series against West Indies and Ireland. They won their first match much convincingly by 8 wickets where Shakib scored an unbeaten 61 0ff 61 balls batted at no. 3 and also got 1 wicket by giving away just 33 runs in 10 overs. Their second match against West Indies have been washed away due to rain.

Bangladesh will begin their World Cup against South Africa on June 2 at The Oval.

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