Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan made an excellent play against Afghanistan. He was the player of the match with 51 runs for 69 and 5 for 29.
They won the match with 62 runs in Southampton on Monday and moved to the fifth position in the points table. They are trying their level best to be in the semi-finals list.
Bangladesh won the match against India in 2007 world cup and Shakib is confident enough that he could beat India once again in this World Cup which is on July 2.
“They are the top side. They are someone who is looking at the title. So it’s not going to be easy, but having said that, we’ll give our best shot. The experience will help, but the experience is not the end of the world. We have to play our best cricket in order to be able to beat India. They got world-class players who can take matters on their own hand. As I said, we have to be at our best, and I believe that we are a capable enough team.” – Shakib.
Shakib’s 51 runs made a foundation to Bangladesh to score 267/7 and made him the leading scorer in the world cup. Shakib is the second player in the World Cup history to make 5 wickets and 50 runs in the same match after Yuvraj Sing in 2011. This is one of the best qualities in him which made him be one of the World’s best all-rounder.
“Very satisfying. It was needed. It was important from my perspective and from (the) team,” – he said.
“Luckily, I’ve been doing this, and very happy the way this tournament is going so far. Still two more important matches left, and hopefully more after that. First things first, we have a very important game coming up against India.” – he added.
Shakib told that he is benefited playing Indian Premier League for Sunrisers Hyderabad before coming to the world cup.
“I did prepare well, but I never felt that I had a point to prove,” he said. I did everything I could do before the World Cup started for my preparation, and luckily it’s been helping me a lot. England have got three more matches, and we have two more and we have to win two. So it’s difficult mathematically, but having said that, in cricket, anything can happen. We have the belief that we can play well in the next two matches and get the result. That’s all we can do at this moment.” – he said.