February 5, 2017 - 7:43pm
A combined effort by all three departments will be key if Bangladesh are to register a positive result in the one-off Test match against host India, said all-rounder Shakib al Hasan
Shakib also mentioned that Bangladesh’s recent losses in their tour of New Zealand were down to their failure to put up a joint performance.
“It is a challenge for everyone. Say, you have scored 250 runs and your bowlers do well. Then, 250 runs is lot of runs to defend. But then you score 500 runs and your bowlers give it away. Then you do not have the result. So, the team can perform well only when everyone contributes,” Shakib told the media in the sidelines of the ongoing two-day warm-up game between Bangladesh XI and India A at Gymkhana Ground in Hyderabad.
“The team cannot win depending on a particular department. In New Zealand, it happened that one day we batted well and the other day we bowled well. But there were no joint contributions,” he said.
Bearing in mind the condition at the venue for the Test, the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, the Bangladesh spinners will be expected to lead from the front. Bangladesh’s spin department comprises left-arm spinners Shakib and Taijul Islam, along with off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz, and the trio performed admirably in their last Test assignment, against England at home last year.
“Spinners will have responsibility but then again you also need to think that they (India) play spin well. I think they are the best team playing against spin so it will be a big challenge for us. If we can do well here, it will boost our confidence for the upcoming Sri Lanka series,” said Shakib.
“We need to be at our best in order to do well against them. Their spin attack has been very good and their fast bowlers are equally good. And, their batting has been sensational. All the departments have been doing really for them,” he added.
The Indian spin attack will be led by the world’s number one Test bowler, Ravichandran Ashwin, who in his last two Tests in Hyderabad bagged 17 wickets to lead the home side to victories against New Zealand and Australia.
Shakib is 14th in the Test bowlers’ ranking.
When queried if Shakib would go head-to-head with Ashwin in a battle between the two leading spinners, he said, “There is no competition. He is doing well from his place and I am trying to do well from mine. The better I do, the more help the team get. Importance of a player differs from team to team. I will be happy if I get to contribute for my team with the role that I have.
“The control he (Ashwin) gets, makes him different from the other bowlers. He does whatever he wants to do with the ball. If you can do that, you do not need to do anything else as a bowler. The control he has at this moment and the confidence he has got have made him the number one bowler at the moment.”