Bangladesh's journey in the Asia Cup had its share of challenges. Injuries to key players, such as fast bowler Ebadot Hossain and top-order batter Najmul Hossain Shanto, disrupted their campaign.
Despite the hurdles, Bangladesh displayed their mettle by defeating Afghanistan in the group stage while enduring defeats to Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the Super 4s, which ultimately eliminated them from the final race.
We have got a very good team. A lot of players injured and some going in and out, that didn’t help us. I think we will be a dangerous side in the World Cup," Shakib said during the post-match presentation.
During the Super 4 clash against India, which held no significance in terms of tournament outcomes, Bangladesh made five changes to their playing XI, giving opportunities to less-experienced players.
“Yes, we gave the guys a chance who haven’t played much. After the last couple of games here, we thought spinners will do well," Shakib said.
Shakib himself showcased remarkable leadership as he top-scored for Bangladesh with 80 runs, setting a competitive target for India after winning the toss and choosing to bat at the R Premadasa Stadium.
Besides his batting contribution, Shakib was pivotal with the ball, recording figures of 1/43 from his 10 overs. His wicket of Suryakumar Yadav played a crucial role in securing a six-run win for Bangladesh. As a testament to his exceptional performance, the seasoned all-rounder was awarded the Player of the Match.
Speaking about his batting performance, Shakib noted, “Today, I went early and had time to spend on the crease. It was a challenging wicket. It was seaming a bit and it got easier when the ball got older.”">