Sakib al Hasan’s winning a trip to Paris before an unfinished business in the World Cup came something as a shocker to many people attending the tournament in the United Kingdom.
But hardly anyone could complain after what he has done so far for Bangladesh in this tournament, carrying the team almost single-handedly with his all-round display.
Sakib left the team as a happy unit when he boarded into Paris-bound flight to make the best use of the five-day break granted to the team ahead of their July 2 match against India.
A few other members also took the opportunity to live with friends and relatives in UK, but those, who preferred to stay in team’s latest base in Birmingham, spent time mostly discussing the amazing performance of Sakib in the World Cup.
Skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza turned out to be one of the biggest admirers of Sakib describing the media at the team hotel in an informal gathering on Wednesday how the left-arm spinner took the matters on his own hand against Afghanistan.
Sakib’s spin bowling partner Mehedi Hasan showed similar admiration for the all-rounder, who made 476 runs so far and claimed 10 wickets, picking the man-of-the-match awards in Bangladesh’s all three wins.
‘We all knew that Sakib Bhai not only did well just in our own condition but he proved it in the past that he can do well in these kind of conditions,’ Mehedi told reporters in Birmingham.
‘He has been doing it for many years and I have no words to describe him. He is our legend and he proved it by his performance in the World Cup that he is a world legend.
‘Obviously I am feeling glad to play with such a legend and share the same team. We have been talking with each other in many aspects in the field and it is helping me a lot as a spinner.
‘He suggests me different things about how to bowl in different wickets. This is such a great achievement for me that I am playing with him. Inshallah we will have good things ahead,’ said Mehedi, sounding more of a fan than team-mate.
Sakib’s performance spared Mehedi from some criticisms, especially against Afghanistan, when he had to take some wickets on a slow pitch in Southampton.
Mehedi, who so far could take only five wickets, failed to fulfil the expectations, turning out to be mostly as a containing bowler instead of becoming a wicket-taking option for the team.
‘I was told and I also felt that I need to bowl economically so that I can increase the chances of getting wickets,’ he said.
‘If you see I tried to bowl tight when I came to bowl and opponents gave us wickets for doing so as they fell in pressure. I may not get many wickets or my individual performance doesn’t look that good but for me team is winning and it’s crucial for me,’ he added.
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