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Remember how we lost to them in July: How Shakib motivated Tigers
During Bangladesh's tour of West Indies this year, the Windies handed the Tigers a tremendous thrashing in the Test series which ended with a 2-0 sweep for the hosts. Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullh Riyad revealed that those defeats against the West Indies had played on in their minds and the person who used those submerged emotions within the squad to motivate them for the current series was none other than the captain Shakib Al Hasan.
The away series against the Windies in July was also the series which saw the ace all-rounder return as the team captain. The Test series ended bitterly with Bangladesh losing both Tests by big margins -- a defeat by an innings and 219 runs in first Test followed by a 166-run defeat in the second Test, with both Tests ending inside three days as Windies pacers ran riot.
Bangladesh captain urged his team to remember those heavy thrashings when playing West Indies this time around. ÒAhead of the Test series, Shakib said that we should remember how we lost to them in July," Riyad revealed at the press conference today.
The Tigers are leading 1-0 in the series and Mahmudullah was of the opinion that the meassage was important since it enabled Bangladesh to focus on improving themselves. Losses can be hard to accept but using those losses as a motivating factor for future success shows signs of good leadership.
"'If we keep that in mind, it will motivate us a lot to play in these matches,'" Shakib had told the team. From Taijul Islam's six-wicket haul, Nayeem's World-record in debut, Shakib bagging a wicket off the first delivery upon return from injury to Riyad's ton today, all of those impressive performances signalled that a change in gear had taken place within the Tigers.
"I think it was an important message to the team, which motivated all of us. If you forget the loss easily, you wonÕt learn," Mahmudullah remarked on the team's impressive performances so far. Those defeats helped as learning curve and motivated them as the captain intended.