‘Rain Break Should Not Be Any Excuse, We Lost The Match Because…..” Said Furious Shakib Al Hasan

On Wednesday, Bangladesh lost the match against India by 5 runs ( DLS method) in the T20 World Cup 2022. In chasing a total of 185 runs, the Tigers started the run chase with a splendid start. Both the openers gave a good start and made the partnership of 66 runs in just 7 overs when rain stopped the game.

After the rain interruption, Bangladesh required 85 runs in 54 balls, but they lost the real momentum when their destructive batter Liton Das 60(27) went to pavilion on the very second ball, as run-out on the non-striker end by the lighting throw of KL Rahul. After that, wickets started falling at regular intervals, but in the last few overs Nurul has hit some nasty blows to keep Bangladesh in the chase. After the match, Bangladeshi skipper Shakib Al Hasan was asked about the rain interference in the match, and he said, “There are lots of moments in the match that we can say is the defining moment. Of course, the way Litton was batting, his run-out was crucial. We lost momentum after the game was stopped due to rain. But we don’t have rain in our hands, so we have to accept it and play accordingly”. Shakib was also seen having a discussion with on-field umpires about the wet outfield conditions when the game resumed. Speaking on these issues, he stated that we don’t have any choices, and I accepted the decision of the umpires.

“Did we have any option? Convince whom? Do I have the ability to convince the umpire? Umpires called both the captains, telling us what would be the target, what is the playing rule and how many overs we would be playing. Yes, accept it (umpires’ decision).

“I mean, that’s the decision (playing after the rain) that umpires make; we don’t make decisions; you know we are here to play cricket; both teams wanted to play a full 20 overs. Unfortunately, it rain-interrupted, but I am happy with the way both the teams played really well; we were so close like the 2016 World Cup but wasn’t close enough. It was a little slippery, that suits the batting side rather than the bowling side and we should not make that an excuse.

“Most teams will get 52 in the last five overs with eight wickets in hand in these kinds of conditions and we should have chased it down. With the batting line-up we had, I believed that we were capable of doing it. Maybe we panicked a bit in the middle overs, we tried to play too many shots. Nurul and Taskin batted well and brought us back in the game,” he reckoned.

Shakib also talked about Liton’s runout. He said he has to be careful while running between the wickets because there were wet conditions, and they are world-class fielders.

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Yes, it is unfortunate for Litton as he slipped twice, and I am not sure whether he was running inside the pitch or through the side of the pitch, where there was grass, whether he was running from that side or not because when he slipped for the first time, he should have been careful. But I am not sure which area he was running because I am the next batsman and didn’t understand which area he was running,” he said.

Finally, talking about the fair and unfair moments in the game, he expressed that our dressing room was very relaxed because we had started the game very well. We don’t care whether it is fair or unfair to restart the game. Unfortunately, we lost the game, which is a part of it.

“I think in the dressing room, we were pretty relaxed. I think no one talked about that, is it fair or unfair (on restarting the game). We wanted to play, we wanted to win, we tried our best, and everyone tried their best but unfortunately we came short. We couldn’t do it, that is unfortunate, but we can take a lot of positive things from this game.” he concluded.

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