Bangladesh won the second ODI against Zimbabwe on Sunday to seal the three-match series with a game to go. It wouldn’t have been possible without the heroic effort from their all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who played a match-winning knock of 96* to take the team home in a tense chase. He was well supported by Mohammad Saifuddin down the order as the visitors reached home in the final over.
Talking about the knock, Shakib stated that he was thinking too much previously before the game and that had affected his performance in the previous series. Not to forget, the left-arm spinner got embroiled into unwanted controversies for lashing out at umpires in the DPL back home as well.
“I think the mindset is more important than physical preparation at this level. I think I was thinking too much. I stopped doing it before this game, and a few things helped me get back my focus. I want to hold on to this focus. After playing for so long, I don’t have a lot of technical problems. I think if I can win the mental game within myself, I can score runs regularly,” Shakib said after the match according to ESPNCricinfo.
Giving his assessment about the pitch, Shakib Al Hasan reckoned that it wasn’t easy to score runs from the word go on the slow pitch. He also credited Saifuddin for sticking with him in the middle in tough situations. “It was a different wicket. The ball wasn’t coming on to the bat, so one had to play shots to get the runs. There had to be a lot of adjustment as a batsman.
“I took my time but I wouldn’t have done much more as wickets were falling regularly at the other end. Credit goes to Saifuddin for finishing the game with me,” he further added.