Bangladesh all-rounder not too disheartened after loss to Ireland
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was not too disheartened after his side lost an ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match to Ireland on Monday.
Shakib could be pleased with his own performance after picking up two wickets and thumping 52 off 23 balls. Bangladesh’s later batsmen could not finish off the good platform, however, as Ireland triumphed by five runs.
Shakib thinks the defeat will serve the squad well going into their opening ICC World T20 match against New Zealand on Friday (September 21).
“I honestly think this should actually shake us up a little,” he said. “I believe we lacked intensity in the last 10 overs because with the batting we have there is no reason why we should lose that game from the position we were in. You always learn more from defeats. Now we know where we need to improve and which areas we need to brush up.”
The left-hander struck five sixes in his innings at the Moors Sports Club Ground, so is feeling happy with his own form heading into the tournament.
“The wicket was very good and the ball was coming on to the bat,” said Shakib. “The outfield was quick too. I should have finished the match but overall I felt I was batting the way I wanted to.”
Bangladesh also comes up against Pakistan alongside New Zealand and Shakib knows what task lies ahead of the team.
“There is a good chance that we will qualify for the next round if we win one game. We are taking one match at a time,” concluded Shakib.