Shakib is the key man: Brathwaite
West Indies Test captain Kraigg Brathwaite believes the returning Bangladeshi superstar Shakib Al Hasan is the biggest threat for his side when the two teams lock horns with each other in the two-match Test series in February,
However, though he admits that his team is way behind the hosts Bangladesh in terms of experience, but believes they can still get the job done if executed their plans and believed in themselves.
“Shakib is obviously the key man for them. Rahim is obviously a very good player. They will have all their players. They play well in Bangladesh.”
“They have a good team with some spinners and very capable batsmen. But if you execute our plans and believe in ourselves, we can get the job done,” he added.
Brathwaite, who has so far played 64 Tests and 10 ODIs for West Indies, also said as a leader he would look to win matches, and also lead from the front with his batting prowess.
“Leading a team, you want to win. My role here is to lead from the front, both as a captain and with the bat. It will be great to get the win. We have to start hour by hour, we can’t think too far ahead. Once we take it step by step, the end result will take care of itself.”
The Barbadian opening batsman has scored three of his eight Test centuries against Bangladesh, with his highest Test score of 212 being scored against the Tigers back in 2014. He also scored 121 and 110 in the two-match Test series in Bangladesh in 2018, which the home team won 2-0.
But he has not had the best of forms of late, scoring only 55 runs in the four innings against New Zealand last month. Asked if he was concerned about his off-form, Brathwaite said he was looking to keep things simple.
“I want to just stick to my plans. Keep it simple. I don’t want to think about too many things. I know my plans. Put God first, and believe in yourself.”
After the ODI series from January 20 to 25, the first Test of the series will be held at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on February 3-7, followed by the second Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on February 11-15.