Bangladesh batter sympathises with team-mates’ plight on spin-friendly surfaces
As a veteran in the world of cricket though, Shakib knows a thing or two about adapting to troublesome situations. “Picking up singles and running between the wicket must be in focus in these conditions,” he said. “It is hard to find boundaries but if you are in a positive frame of mind, singles and doubles make it easier. It releases the batsmen’s pressure.
“When he is set, it might be possible to score some runs, taking advantage of a few loose balls. But at the end of the day, these are tough conditions for the batsmen. They are going through a challenging situation in these pitches.”
Regardless of that, Shakib maintained that Bangladesh’s seven wins in their last nine T20Is will stand them in good stead ahead of a global event. And there is precedent here. Back in 2007, Bangladesh went into the 50-over World Cup with 18 wins in their last 24 matches and they rode that high all the way to the Super Eights.
“I think it is important that we are winning regularly ahead of the World Cup,” Shakib said. “I remember that we won a number of matches before the 2007 World Cup. It helped us. I think these wins will improve our team’s confidence ahead of the World Cup.”
Shakib has come a long way since those days. Now considered one of the greatest allrounders to have played the game, the 34-year old is closing in on becoming the highest wicket-taker in T20Is.
“An achievement is always great but I don’t want to focus on personal goals. These will fall into place as I continue to contributing for the team. It is good to hear I am near or have achieved a milestone. It inspires me to do better.”
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84