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Shakib Praises Bangladesh’s All-round Show After Registering Record Win

Cricketnext Staff |December 2, 2018, 3:44 PM IST
Shakib Praises Bangladesh’s All-round Show After Registering Record Win

Bangladesh captain Shakib-Al-Hasan was full of praise for the way his side played in the second Test against the Windies, stating that they did well in all departments and executed their plans to perfection.

“The coaching staff and I asked exactly this of the team and this was our plan. We did the processes right and we did well in every department. Overall a very good team effort,” Shakib said at the post-match ceremony.

Bangladesh won the second Test by an innings and 184 runs thanks in no small part to Mehidy Hassan’s 12-wicket haul in the match to complete a whitewash in the two-match series.

“I can't ask for more from the team. I was demanding in the two Tests and everyone stepped up. The individuals know that they can improve themselves and we have some tough challenges coming up so hopefully we can live up to it.”

Shakib also added that he will look to be back to his best in the upcoming ODI series since he was rusty in the first game and felt better playing during the second one.

“In the first Test I was rusty – I only trained for 2-3 sessions. In the second Test I was much more comfortable. I'm sure I'll be at my best in the ODI series,” he signed off.

Windies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite didn’t mince words when asked about what he felt let the team down the most.

“Our bowlers were good, as were Shannon Gabriel and Shane Dowrich. (Shimron) Hetmyer played a good innings too. But as batsmen we didn't do our jobs. We didn't get a partnership and we let ourselves down on the field,” said Brathwaite.

He did, however, add that the side will aim to do better in the upcoming ODI and T20 matches against Bangladesh and also look to regroup before the home series against England.

“Test cricket is meant to be tough. We have some first-class games after we go back, and we should be ready before England come over. It's key to be positive, and hopefully we will do better in the white-ball series.”

The ODI series between Bangladesh and Windies begins on December 9.

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