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Shakib: No regret as it won’t go with me to grave
He scored 29, 10, seven, 23 and 19 runs in his last five ODIs and was also below par with the ball as questions started to appear over whether the world’s premier all-rounder across all three formats was in decline.
Pressure was mounting on Shakib al Hasan with each passing day but the superman was about to bring out the best from his bag when it mattered the most.
Bangladesh were reeling on 33 for the loss of four wickets chasing 266 against New Zealand in a do-or-die encounter at Sophia Gardens on Friday. The Tigers were bidding to remain in the hunt for a semi-final spot in the 2017 Champions Trophy and oh boy did he deliver in some style.
The 30-year old never looked tensed, worried or even bothered regardless of the situation of the game, which is perhaps Shakib’s biggest strength. And he exactly banked on those features when the going got tough.
Shakib paired up with Mahmudullah and started to rebuild the initial damage. At that point, the Tigers supporters were slowly losing hope but they had still the belief, thanks to the presence of these two in the middle.
From rebuilding the early damage to attacking the opponent and keeping the required run-rate well within reach, that too against some quality fast bowling, was a daunting task for Shakib, which however, he made look simple.