‘Everyone was nervous but excited’ | The Daily Star
03:36 PM, January 20, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:38 PM, January 20, 2021

‘Everyone was nervous but excited’

Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan put in an impressive bowling effort, grabbing four wickets at an economy-rate of just 1.09. The all-rounder said that it was not easy to get on to the field for international cricket and also commended debutant Hasan Mahmud for his three-wicket haul.

Shakib said that everyone of the players were anxious to play the match. "Feeling ok. Playing after 16-17 months is not easy. But happy with the way I performed. The thing is, we haven't played for 10 months. Everyone is anxious and keen to play matches. Everyone was nervous today, but also very excited," the all-rounder said after the end of the first innings.

Shakib made excellent use of the rough patch created by Mustafizur Rahman's first spell and exploited it to his benefit. Asked on his plan, Shakib said: "Keep it simple, just pitch the ball in the right areas, and hope for the wicket to do the rest."

Hasan Mahmud also bagged three wickets to dismantle West Indies' rearguard action. The paceman made his ODI debut and Shakib was impressed by the effort.

"There are quite a few good fast bowlers coming through the system. I played the previous T20 tournament, and I saw a lot of good fast bowlers bowl their heart out. I played with Hasan in the same team, and it was good to see him come out and express himself," Shakib concluded.

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