I think we'll be a dangerous team in World Cup: Shakib -The Asian Age

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan felt that they couldn't put up the performance in the Asia Cup, exactly what they are capable of.

One of the main reasons for their below par Asia Cup was down to the injury concerns and missing crucial players when it mattered most.
Bangladesh won against Afghanistan in the group phase but lost twice (group and Super Four) to Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

But the Tigers roared back with a six-run win over hot favourite India in their last game to show what they are capable of, said Shakib.

And that is what gave him the confidence that they would be a dangerous team in the upcoming World Cup when they would get all of their first choice players in the team.India which had already confirmed the final came up without their five first choice players but Bangladesh too made six changes in their lineup, dominated largely by the young players.

"A lot of players injured and some going in and out, that didn't help us. I think we will be a dangerous side in the World Cup," Shakib said during the post-match presentation.Shakib himself played the key role in the victory with 80 off 85 and one for 43 runs in 10 overs. Thanks to his counterattack, Bangladesh posted a competitive 265-8, despite being reduced to 59-4 initially.

He then intelligently made bowling changes as India fell six runs short, being all out for 259 in 49.5 overs.
"We gave the guys who haven't played match. After last couple of games, we thought spinners will do well. Today, I went early and had time to spend on the crease. It was a challenging wicket. It was seaming a bit and it got easier when the ball got older."

Shakib heaped praise on offspinner Mahedi Hasan who removed Shuvman Gill after he made 121 off 133. There was special praise for pacer TanzimHasanSakib too after he made a dream debut with 2-32.

"It wasn't an easy time to bowl, Mahedi came to bowl and got us the breakthrough. He also bowled five overs at the end which is not easy. Also, Tanzim bowled well at the start and took two wickets. We have got a very good team."

Pacer Sakib however savoured the wicket of Rohit Sharma, who he gave second ball-duck.
"First wicket of Rohitbhai was a dream wicket. I just concentrate on line and length. I mentally prepare myself for a long spell. That ball (the last ball to Shami), I believed I could bowl the perfect ball. Very good feeling," Sakib said.

After losing three times in the last four matches against India, Rohit Sharma admitted they didn't want to loss it despite making a huge experiment.
"We wanted to give some game time to the guys, keeping the bigger picture in mind. Not compromising on how we wanted to play this game. Get in some players who are likely to play the World Cup," Sharma said.

"Axar batted brilliantly, but couldn't finish. He showed a lot of character. But credit to the Bangladesh bowlers. Not to forget, Gill's hundred was brilliant."