We have genuine chance of winning the World Cup: Shakib

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan believes his side have a genuine chance to win the World Cup this time if they manage to perform consistently.

With exactly one week to go for the World Cup to start, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is optimistic about Bangladesh’s chances and believes Bangladesh can go win and win the tournament if they play consistently.

Shakib while speaking to IANS on Thursday

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“This time I think we have a genuine chance of winning the tournament, but keeping the format of the tournament in mind, we must look to play well consistently. If we can do that, we can definitely look at qualifying for the knockouts and take it forward from there. I am confident that we will do well this time.”

“Personally, obviously I wish that Bangladesh win the trophy this time. But a lot of factors need to click together for that dream to be realised. While I didn’t play much in the IPL, I had been working hard on my game and was looking to prepare for the World Cup. Gave it my all in the practice sessions and tried to maximise the output in every training session,” he added.

India and England are favourites to win the World Cup and the all-rounder had no disagreement in that. However, he thinks to win a tournament like the World Cup, a team has to do all the hard yards.

India and England are obviously favourites, but that doesn’t get you the crown. You need to do the hard yards to win a tournament like the World Cup. Australia have been doing well recently and West Indies have peaked at the right time. To be honest, all the teams look like they are ready for a fight. Depends who on that day does well,” he concluded.

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