ICC World Cup: Ton-up Shakib Al Hasan cheerful promotion paying dividends
CARDIFF: Bangladesh star Shakib al hasan he was happy to justify his promotion in the batting order as he maintained a good start to the World Cup with a hundred against England.
It was the third time that the SUV, which also opened the bowling with the twist of the left arm. Cardiff On Saturday, they had spent fifty in so many entries this tournament after having climbed from number five to number three.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, not even the fine of Shakib 121 could prevent a 106-race loss to England, for whom starter Jason Roy made 153 in a total of 386 for six.
Yes, (I needed to convince) everyone, Shakib told reporters' laughter when asked who he had needed to persuade to hit in the first place.
Because if I do not score races in a single game, they would think that I should be hitting the number five that is better there, added the 32-year-old, a veteran of 201 one-day international matches.
Is different. You need to face different challenges. I'm enjoying myself right now, but with that said, it's just the beginning, I need to contribute as much as I can with the bat and the ball.
I thought (promotion to order) was a better opportunity for me to contribute more with the bat.
Bangladesh knocked England out of the 2015 World Cup but it was a different story in the capital Welsh.
Several Bangladesh batsmen struggled against England fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, who both topped 90 mph (145 kph).
Shakib, who managed better than most, said: They are fast. It was a difficult challenge, but I enjoyed it.
Obviously, they are the two fastest players in this World Cup, so I knew it would be difficult, but I felt very happy with the way I played them.
Defeat left Bangladesh, who next play Sri Lanka at Bristol on Tuesday, with one win from three matches in the round-robin group stage.
Shakib said Bangladesh 's bowling had them down at Sophia Gardens, the scene of one of their greatest triumphs when they beat Australia in a stunning 2005 ODI upset.
We are disappointed with the result and the way we really play, he admitted.
I think we play very well against South Africa and against New Zealand.
But obviously England played brilliantly. The credit goes to the hitters. The way his starters started and the way Jos Butler finished the innings was the turning point of the game.
That has been their pattern for the last two, three years, until the World Cup, so they will not change.