Shakib al Hasan thinks Bangladesh can be a “dangerous side” in the upcoming World Cup, brushing aside their Asia Cup failure.
Bangladesh's skipper, Shakib, expressed strong confidence in his team's abilities following their thrilling victory over India, where they secured a consolation win in the Asia Cup by edging past their rivals with a six-run lead.
India, who had already guaranteed their spot in Sunday's Colombo final against Sri Lanka, encountered difficulties chasing down 266 runs, despite opener Shubman Gill's outstanding knock of 121.
While Gill showed unwavering determination and established crucial partnerships with KL Rahul (19) and later with Suryakumar Yadav (26), the Bangladeshi bowlers maintained a consistent pattern of taking wickets.
After striking eight fours and five sixes in his 133-ball innings, Gill reached his century off Tanzim and acknowledged the dressing room with a bow.
Continuing his assault, he smashed a mighty six over mid-wicket off Mahedi. The bowler, nevertheless, had the last laugh on the subsequent ball by getting the batsman caught out.
With Mustafizur Rahman leading the way with three wickets, and debutant Tanzim Hasan Sakib and Mahedi Hasan each contributing two, Bangladesh managed to dismiss India for 259 runs, wrapping up their tournament on a high note as they set their sights on the forthcoming ODI WC.
Bangladesh have defeated India for the first time in 11 years in Asia Cup history. pic.twitter.com/pVKN78DtLm— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 15, 2023
What did Bangladesh captain Shakib al Hasan say about his team’s WC mission?
“I think we have got a very good team (for the World Cup),” Shakib said after producing a Man of the Match performance against India.
“Lot of injuries, and players coming in and going out didn't help during this Asia Cup. I think we will be a dangerous side in the World Cup,” he added.