After winning the first Test match, Bangladesh ace all rounder and Test skipper Shakib Al Hasan was optimistic about clean sweep of Windies. In recent times, Tigers have drawn Test series against England and Australia but never tasted series victory against big guns.
Bangladesh have won only one Test series in home soil, that to against Zimbabwe back in 2015. However, Bangladesh have whitewashed Windies in Test series (2-0) in their own backyard in 2009 but many argue it was against a weaker Windies team. Therefore, a Test series win against Windies in home soil will be an amazing achievement for Bangladesh.
That Test series win in the Caribbean came under the leadership of Shakib Al Hasan. Nine years later, hakib wants to replicate the same feat at home.
In a pre-match press conference in Mirpur yesterday Shakib said, “Of course we will play to win the Dhaka Test. If a situation arrives, where there is a possibility of a draw, then will try it as well. However, our first goal is to win the game.”
“If we can win 2-0 then it will be very special for Bangladesh. We want to win 2-0. We are preparing ourselves for that and will do whatever necessary to win the match. If that can’t be done for any reason, then we definitely must win the series 1-0, because our main aim is to win the series but we want win it in an aggressive way”, he added.
“I always say that everyone should play their natural game. Unless there is an absolute need for someone to change due to the team situation, I believe a player should not change their natural game,” he remarked on the attacking mindset that Tigers will be going in with.
Shakib also said that, mood inside the dressing room is vibrant after impressive victory in the first match in Chattogram.”There is no additional pressure to win the series, among the cricketers. I do not think there is any extra pressure! For the last two days, I saw everyone is very calm and relaxed. We have the confidence to do well. Let us keep this positive vibe going during this match”, he added.
“We have to perform better than we did in Chattogram. We have to challenge ourselves. I believe we can overcome this challenge. For it, we need to be ready mentally and physically as well,” added Shakib.
When asked about 23-year-old left hander Shadman Islam, who is set to debut in place of injured Imrul, Shakib expressed his delight and said he expects a lot from the youngster. Shadman is an exciting prospect for our Test cricket. I have seen him play and I believe his style fits with Test cricket. If he gets the opportunity, I hope he can contribute for the team”, he concluded.
Bangladesh have so far won three Test series. Each of them was won by whitewashing the counterpart. Tigers will hope to prolong that record and make Windies their fourth prey in Test series win.