The battle is with yourself: Shakib

Shakib Al Hasan gave credit to the team management for Bangladesh’s consistent show of good performance in the World Cup so far.

Bangladesh crushed a stunning victory against Windies on Monday to keep their top-4 dream alive and the victory came quite easily than expected thanks to Shakib’s blistering hundred and Liton Das’ thunderous knock.

The all-rounder, who is ruling in the World Cup has insisted that the incredible chase will never be considered as a fluke.

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“I will say it’s a whole new level [for us]. I personally think those matches in Ireland helped us a lot. Because we won every match chasing there and at no point it seemed that we are batting under pressure and we have to play big strokes. Yes, everybody played big shots but we played cricketing shots, which big teams normally do. I think our coaching staff deserves much credit. Because what used to happen earlier is that we used to panic in the dressing room.”

“It was a big problem. The good thing that happens now is that, our coaching staff remained so calm that [there was] no chance to panic. It’s contagious, it happens naturally. When someone panics another one starts to panic too. They are trying to push this in our dressing room and I think it’s a big reason behind us chasing in this manner,” he added.

When asked to chose between his current form or the purple patch he enjoyed during the home series against New Zealand in 2010, the all-rounder said –

“I don’t know. I have said this earlier, it’s not that when I will be in top [form] I will score more runs or get more wickets. Sometimes you can also play well and play even better without being in a good shape. That time, I was in a good shape, and I am still in a good shape,” Shakib said, adding that his recent work regime has given him more confidence.”

“The battle is with yourself. When someone losses to himself then his chance of winning becomes low. When someone says from his heart that he wants to win, then maybe he won’t win all the time but there is a possibility that he will win most of the times,” he concluded.

Bangladesh will play against Australia next at Trent Bridge on June 20.

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