The team won, but Shakib Al Hasan did not directly contribute to that victory. He is completely away from batting due to eye problems. But after the match against Comilla Victorians at the Sylhet International Stadium today, most of the questions in Rangpur Riders captain Nurul Hasan’s press conference focused on Shakib. Nurul felt somewhat annoyed by that.
The problem with his eyes is slowly improving. Insha Allah we will see Shakib Bhai in full batting at the end of the tournament.
Nurul Hasan, Captain, Rangpur Riders
But he did not express his displeasure in that way, he only said, ‘I think, I will request Shakib bhai to come in the next press conference. Because you have many questions, he can answer them.
It is natural to be curious about Shakib. Due to eye problems, he mainly plays as a bowler for Rangpur. Even today, he did not have to bat in the innings of Rangpur Riders. But he did the bowling. Today he took 1 wicket for 41 runs in 4 overs. However, he was Rangpur’s best bowler in the 8-run win against Comilla. Comilla gave 20 runs in the last over of the innings, and if 9 runs, Comilla would have won the match.
Even if Shakib is only bowling for now, his all-rounder identity will not be erased during this temporary break from batting. Nurul also said, ‘No doubt, Shakib bhai is the best all-rounder in the world. He is still an all-rounder. May be suffering a little due to eye problems. But I think his presence on the field is very important for our team.
If the match conditions were a little different today, Shakib could have been seen in the top order. He came to the dugout early wearing pads and helmet. But in that case, it was Shakib’s responsibility to stay at the crease and help the partnership. As Fazle Rabbi and Shamim Hossain survived in the middle overs, he was no longer needed, Nurul said, “The team had a plan, if wickets fell quickly, then maybe Shakib Bhai would come in to bat. The plan was made for the right-handed-left-handed combination.
If all goes well, Shakib, who is currently only playing the role of a bowler, will be seen returning to bat in full swing in the latter part of the BPL. Rangpur captain Nurul told that, “Sakib bhai is practicing.” Even on holidays he is practicing batting by himself. You get the confidence from there. The problem with his eyes is slowly improving. Insha Allah, we will see Shakib Bhai in full swing at the end of the tournament.