Shakib Al Hasan has always been someone who doesn’t readily accept everything. In the past, he has expressed disagreement on various issues during press conferences. Yesterday, he demonstrated his support for the majority of the questions during the press conference, behaving in a commendable manner. I have accepted many things.
The decision to change Shakib happened quickly. The team’s collapse in the World Cup has helped him regain his composure. He was astounded by Kolkata’s defeat to the Netherlands yesterday. He also referred to it as the Bangladesh team’s most devastating loss. Shakib himself had been instilling hope regarding this World Cup. The country’s people dreamed of reaching the semi-finals, as seen in his eyes. The defeat of the Netherlands shattered the dream.
Considering the impressive beginning of the World Cup, it was only natural to have elevated expectations. Despite experiencing a significant defeat to England in Dharamshala, the entire team managed to maintain a glimmer of hope. Mustafizur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, and Taskin Ahmed believe that to achieve consistent winning, it is crucial to start with an initial victory. The Taskins need to be informed that they still need to win. England, New Zealand, India, and South Africa have all suffered significant defeats, leaving them unable to experience the sweet taste of victory.
During the press conference, Shakib was questioned about the significant difference in performance between the period leading up to the World Cup and his performance during the actual tournament. The Tiger skipper candidly admitted that the team has faced challenges and experienced highs and lows throughout the tournament. This particular fruit is challenging to digest. However, it is a common occurrence in cricket. Confidence among players does not exist. I need help with batting and bowling and find it challenging to excel. I have been enjoying bowling a lot. However, we, as batters, have unfortunately been let down. It is disheartening to witness a team’s defeat in such a manner.
After scoring 229 runs, Bangladesh was determined to win the match against the Netherlands. The gallery is filled with slogans from different countries. The spectators arrived at the World Cup to show their support for their favourite team, donning jerseys in red and green. They suffered a disappointing defeat against the Shakibs. The duo also had to listen to their supporters in Kolkata. Shakib acknowledged that criticism and controversy are deserved in certain situations.
He stated, “I accept it.” They have high expectations of us. It is expected to criticise when expectations are not met.
The Bangladesh World Cup is scheduled to conclude on November 11th. During this time, they are expected to play three additional matches against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Australia. It’s difficult to discuss the possibility of bouncing back after the defeat against the Netherlands. Shakib has stated that it is not possible to play in the semi-finals. It takes time to make a turnaround from this point. I would prefer to forget today as soon as possible.
The Bangladesh team arrived at the World Cup with controversy in mind. The left-arm all-rounder acknowledged that the exclusion of Tamim Iqbal, whom he compared to a former captain in a TV interview, could have a detrimental effect on the World Cup. However, the most disappointing World Cup performance came from Bangladesh.