It is not long ago when Bangladesh lost the final of the tri-nation series against Sri Lanka and they didn’t only lost the final, they also lost their backbone of the team Shakib Al Hasan due to injury.
As much as the injury hurt Shakib, it hurt the entire nation. In the absence of the number one all-rounder, Bangladesh also lost both the Test and the T20I series against Sri Lanka. And once again, it was not only the defeats that was noticeable, the confidence, the aggression everything went down with the defeats for the team.
Before the start of the Nidahas Trophy, it was expected that Shakib will be fully fit and will be ready to lead the side. But, his finger was still not healed and he had to go to Australia for a check-up.
Meanwhile in the tournament, Bangladesh were stuck in the middle of nowhere with one win and two defeats. Before the all important clash against Sri Lanka, all of a sudden a glimpse of hope started to grow for Bangladesh as Shakib was all set to fly to Colombo and play the match on Friday.
The day came and the night was something which Bangladesh will remember for a long long time. Shakib came, won the toss, opened the bowling and picked up a wicket in his second over. The whole team’s body language started to show something which was lost for a while and suddenly the aggression and the energy of the team started to silence the 23,000 Sri Lankan crowd.
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Though Shakib couldn’t deliver a match winning performance, his captaincy and leadership played a huge rule in pulling off a thrilling victory. When the umpires denied to give a no-ball in the last over after Isuru Udana gave two back to back bouncers, Shakib took the risk of severe punishment to take charge against the opponent and ordered his whole team to come out of the ground.
It can be a million dollar question that if it was a mind game by the captain of Bangladesh or it was only because of the emotions. But he broke the momentum of the opponent and won the battle for his country even without appearing on the ground. Well, he is called the number one all-rounder in the world for a reason. Just after moments later, Mahmudullah Riyad pulled off the historical win with a six and took his side to the final of the Nidahas Trophy.