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Shakib Al Hasan: Spinners bowling no-balls 'a big crime'


Of the several mistakes in Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan was the most deplorable against Mahedi Hasan’s no-balls in their two-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka that knocked them out of the Asian Cup.

Mahedi’s first no-ball enabled Kusal Mendis, who was given four reprs, to hit further than the seventh left. Kusal, who led off the innings, scored best with a 37-ball 60 to set the stage for Sri Lanka’s 184 chase.

His second out came in the latter when Sri Lanka needed three runs on four deliveries. In a comic turn of events, Asitha Fernando and Maheesh Theekshana twice heard the buzzer pointing to Mahedi’s no-ball. Soon the giant screens flashed the replay and Bangladesh knew their fate was sealed. This moment was especially disappointing for Shakib as he reflected on the team’s performance under pressure and their untimely exit from the competition.

“No captain doesn’t want balls from his team,” said Shakib. “It’s a big crime for a spinner to bowl a no-ball. We bowled a lot of wide and no-balls today. We weren’t disciplined. We didn’t know what to do when we were under pressure. We knew Kusal (Mendis) plays spin really well so if we could have gotten it early it would have been a platform for our spinners to get into the game.

“But until he got there it was hard for our spinners to bowl. He was dropped on two and when he was out it was a no-ball. The spinner bowling a no-ball is a big no-no “Our spinners don’t usually bowl no-balls, but today it has been proven that we break under pressure. We lose at crucial moments. If we won 50 percent of the close matches, we would have a better record in this format.”

What also hurt Bangladesh was Ebadot Hossain’s inconsistency in his last two overs, going for 38. Especially the penultimate time turned the tide in Sri Lanka when he gave up 17, including a no-ball and a walk. This undone all his good work up to that point. At the end of his first two overs, he had unreal numbers of 3 to 13.

“Ebadot has never played such a pressure game, regardless of his experience,” said Shakib. “He has a lot to understand. He brought us into the game after his first two overs. We thought it was going to be his day. You expect a bowler to have a good rhythm and be positive when he has taken three wickets in his first two overs It shouldn’t be He can learn a lot from this match.

“Our plan was to get their batsmen out. That’s exactly what we did. They needed 25 or 26 in the last two overs. Eight wickets down, you support your key bowlers to defend those runs against their tails. “

Looking ahead to the World Cup, Shakib underlined the importance of identifying the best fast bowlers soon. “This was an eye opener to see how we bowl in pressure situations,” he said. “You can expect good 10-12 overs of fast bowling on this kind of pitch. Only those who can deliver are on the team.

“It’s simple math. We’ve looked at four fast bowlers here, and we’ll look at more in the tri-series in New Zealand so we have a clearer idea who can do well in Australia.”

Shakib then focused on the tournament’s few positives. Like how the move to bump into Mehidy Hasan Miraz to open the innings in his first T20I in nearly four years worked.

Mehidy responded with an aggressive 26-ball 38, hitting two fours and as many sixes. Shakib said this was also something they had considered against Afghanistan before going in with regulars Mohammad Naim and Anamul Haque.

“He has done well in our domestic tournaments, so we had confidence in him,” Shakib said of Mehidy’s promotion. “Even in the first game, he was in the mix to hit in the highest order. He didn’t play the first game. He showed his character today. He wasn’t nervous. He played after three years, so it wasn’t easy. for him. You have to give him a lot of credit, the way he handled the pressure in the first six overs.”

Shakib also asked for a little patience from everyone as they try to work out plans for the T20 World Cup. For starters, he was encouraged by the team’s attitude and body language.

“I have returned to the T20I captaincy with these two games. We have a lot in mind when we start over. Our schedule started with the game against Afghanistan, so there will be right and wrong.”

“We have a plan in place. We want to slowly reach a goal. But if you notice our attitude and body language in these two games, despite the poor approach to hitting in the first game, I think we have improved from of our last three games.” or four series.”

Mohammad Isam is the correspondent of ESPNcricinfo in Bangladesh. @isam84