An unknown Shakib has met in this year’s BPL. Bangladesh’s best all-rounder who, next to his name or not runs only 4 in five matches! Although he did not bat in two matches, Bucky batted in the remaining three matches, scoring 2 runs in an innings. He got out with the first ball against Sylhet Strikers yesterday.
Despite failing with the bat, he is getting consistent success with the ball. He took 6 wickets in 5 matches while bowling in the keep. In this year’s BPL, instead of being called an ‘all-rounder’, Shakib is more suited to the identity of a ‘bowler’. Shakib himself thinks so. After the Sylhet match yesterday, he frankly admitted that he is going through a bad time.
On his transformation from all-rounder to bowling Shakib, he said, ‘This is the first time in my life that I am playing with just one side. I feel bad for Rangpur Riders. They took me into the team. But I can do half the work for them, half can’t.’
Consistently failing with the bat. It is not certain when he will return to his old form. However, Shakib believes that he will see the run soon, ‘It is difficult to say (about his return). The more I run, the more the comfort level will increase. That rhythm will not come until I run, the comfort zone will not be there, it is very natural.’
Shakib was down for four in yesterday’s match. But he was trapped leg before the first ball and returned to the pavilion. He has increased the danger of the team. Shakib himself thinks that he is stuck in the circle of bad times, ‘I understand that everything goes bad in bad times.’
The best all-rounder of Bangladesh did not forget to thank those who are supporting Shakib in such a bad time, ‘Still, the way they are supporting me, I must thank them. I am very proud to play in such a franchise. Because, the way they are looking after me this time, they understand the situation and the way they are handling it, I really have nothing else to say but to express my gratitude to them.’
Naturally, questions about Shakib’s eyes came up in the press conference. However, he is somewhat annoyed by this, ‘Actually, I have no idea when it will be fixed. And this is repeatedly saying eye, eye, eye, actually I don’t have any problem with my eyes. The fact is that what you see with glasses, I see better than you without glasses. I am trying to find out what the problem is.’