‘No One Felt This Was Tough’: Bangladesh’s Shakib on Defeating WI
Bangladesh achieved the second-highest run chase in Cricket World Cup history and pushed the West Indies close to elimination in a surprisingly comfortable seven-wicket victory on Monday, 17 June.
Shakib Al Hasan starred in the comeback with 124 not-out, his second successive century in the tournament, and Liton Das added 94 not out in his World Cup debut. They combined for an unbeaten 189 in 22.3 overs, bashing short balls ruthlessly.
On Tuesday, Shakib admitted during a press conference that his run score was one of the best moments of his career.
It was a memorable day for Shakib, who rated both his performance and his team's among the greatest he has experienced.
"It's obviously one of the best, because the way we chased that run, the way I paced the innings, I was never in a rush. I didn't have to play too many shots from a good ball," he told reporters.
"I had to be patient. And I was patient enough to put the bad ball away. I think every time I did that quite well. And it's one of the key things in my batting in this chase," he said.
However, he insisted that the team never doubted they could beat the Windies' total.
"No one felt that this was tough," Shakib said of the mood between the innings. "Everyone was comfortable and was chilling. It gave a lot of confidence in the dressing room and belief that we could chase that."
Bangladesh's second precious win in five matches lifted it into the top half of the standings. The mission to make a first World Cup semifinal received a massive boost. Next up is Australia.