Ban vs Ind, 2nd Test – Shakib Al Hasan


It was so close and yet a case for Bangladesh in Dhaka, and after a three-wicket defeat to India, Shakib Al Hasan was ruminating on his team’s missed opportunities. Four chances were squandered in the first Indian innings, and then, with Bangladesh three wickets away and India 65 runs from their target, Mominul Haque dropped R Ashwin at short leg, and it proved decisive in the end.

Shakib said after the game, “It’s a bit disappointing, because other teams are not missing the chances that we are missing.” He made a difference. We could have got him out for 250 instead of 314. [in the first innings], got a chance in the second innings [too]… But it is part of cricket. We fielded well in T20 World Cup and ODI series [against India]But we could not do that in the Test match. Perhaps it is due to lack of concentration or fitness.

“We have to find out how best to stay focused for longer periods and avoid making mistakes. Other teams don’t give that many chances. We miss chances in regulation. Our bowlers need to create 13-14 chances to take ten wickets. Other teams have had nine chances to take ten wickets.”

Mominul got his chance soon enough when Mehdi Hasan Miraj completed his five-wicket haul with the wicket of Axar Patel to leave India at 74 for 7 on the fourth morning.

It was another full delivery from Mehdi. Ashwin tries to tap it towards covers, but the ball goes to short leg. On Saturday, Mominul pulled off a similar and even tougher catch off Mehidy to send back Virat Kohli. This time, it went out.

Still, Shakib said, Bangladesh could have created more chances and broken the Ashwin–Shreyas Iyer partnership; The duo eventually took India home with their 71-run stand.

Shakib was hopeful even when India were inching closer to victory. But when Miraz was hit for that six by Ashwin, when the target was 16 away, he felt the game was gone.

“Losing three quick wickets is very common here,” he said. “Hat-trick was possible. I think both Ashwin and Iyer batted well on a pitch which was not easy. Credit to them. I think we did well. Tried every way. We somehow fell a little short.”

“When you have taken seven wickets for 75 runs [74], you can expect to win. They needed 71 runs, we needed one wicket. it is hard to say [what went wrong], But we tried everything. Maybe we could have bowled better, maybe we could have created more chances, especially on a pitch like this. [But] I am happy with the way we fought throughout the Test.”

Although looking back on the year gone by, Shakib was pleased, especially with the attitude shown by the team in the run up to 2022, when they won a Test in New Zealand and ODI series against South Africa (away) and India (at home).

Shakib said, ‘I felt that overall 2022 was a good year for us.’ “Our mindset, especially where we were lacking, I think we have improved a lot. The kind of things we talk about in the dressing room, the kind of leadership that is being built, we will have a different 2023.” Maybe.”

we should win all three test series [all at home, against Ireland, Afghanistan and New Zealand] Next year. We should have a T20 team ready in the next six months, which will do very well in the 2024 T20 World Cup. We have a settled ODI side. We have lost only one home series since 2015 [against England in 2016], If we can play as a team and get contributions from every aspect, we should do well in the World Cup.”

Mohammad Issam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84


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