World Cup 2019: Bangladesh doesn’t take defeat lightly, says Shakib al Hasan

first_img Indo-Asian News Service LondonJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 15:07 IST Shakib al Hasan says Bangladesh has come a long way (Photo: AP)HIGHLIGHTSBangladesh doesn’t take defeats lightly, says Shakib al HasanBangladesh defeated South Africa in their first match of World Cup 2019They had reached their first-ever World Cup quarter-final in 2015Shakib al Hasan, who played a pivotal role in Bangladesh’s emphatic win in their opening World Cup match over South Africa, believes there has been a massive improvement in their game in the last decade.A wonderful batting display led by the experienced duo of Shakib Al Hasan (75) and Mushfiqur Rahim (78), supported by eye-catching cameos from Soumya Sarkar (42) and Mahmudullah (46), helped Bangladesh post 330/6 after being asked to bat by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis on Sunday at the Kennington Oval. The bowlers then struck regularly to restrict South Africa to 309/8 and register a convincing 21-run victory over the Proteas.Bangladesh had last defeated India and South Africa in the 2007 edition of the World Cup. Shakib feels much has changed in the last decade as now they are seen as serious contenders rather than just any team.”It’s been 12 years, so our cricket has come a long way forward,” Shakib was quoted as saying by the ICC website after Sunday’s match.”Back then, it used to be good enough for the crowd if we played well. But not anymore, they are not satisfied. They don’t take defeat to any other team (lightly). This is the expectation level we’ve got in these 12 years. I’m very happy, but this is just the start of the tournament.”The Bangla Tigers have made massive strides in the game, especially the 50-over format in the last decade and a half. Their performance in multi-nation tournaments has improved by leaps and bounds and they are no more considered as minnows.advertisementIn 2015, they made their first-ever World Cup quarter-final and shortly before the ongoing tournament, they defeated Ireland and West Indies in a tri-nation series to win their first win in a multi-nation ODI tournament.”Building up to this World Cup, we knew what sort of challenges we might face,” Shakib said.”So we prepared ourselves well. We were in Ireland, where we played really well against West Indies and Ireland. That gave us a lot of confidence and belief. There are so many things to prove in this tournament, and we are up to the challenge. The boys are confident, but at the same time, they are relaxed. They know we have the skill to beat big teams,” he added.Also Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar thought his career was over after Test debutAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan have the ability to beat England, says Azhar MahmoodAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow shakib al hasanFollow Bangladesh vs South AfricaFollow World Cup 2015 World Cup 2019: Bangladesh doesn’t take defeat lightly, says Shakib al HasanBangladesh registered a sound win against South Africa and Shakib al Hasan believes that there has been a lot of improvement within the team. Bangladesh reached their first ever World Cup quarter-finals in 2015.advertisementlast_img

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