A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Shakib Al Hasan enjoying new role as top order batsman

Hasan believes Bangladesh must learn to be more intense during pressure situations

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has admitted that he is excited about being promoted up the batting order to third from his usual fifth spot.

In the past couple of months, Hasan has usually had to save Bangladesh from embarrassment by playing the innings of his life, but after having been moved up the order and given more time at the crease, Hasan believes he can take the time he needs to get comfortable in the middle, whereas when he came in at fifth, that may not have always been possible given the dire situation the team were in.

However, if Hasan were to come in at number three, it is key that the opening batsmen, especially Tamim Iqbal, who has been regarded as an outstanding talent with the bat, make a strong start to the innings.

“If I bat in the top order, I will get more chances to score runs and more chances to face balls. I am looking forward to batting at No. 3,” Hasan said.

Even though he has an average of just 17.71 batting at number three, Hasan believes he will be able to help the team get to a decent point where they can finish off the game, or even come in and hit the winning runs at the end.

After having a less than impressive showing during the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, Hasan noted that Bangladesh must keep their cool if they are to win more matches in the future.

“There’ll be some tough situations but we know how to handle it, the boys have been playing cricket constantly for a year so they’ll understand how to handle the pressure and if we can do this, we’ll win the matches,” Hasan added.

Coming into the World Twenty20, Hasan had high hopes for Bangladesh due to the immense number of Twenty20 matches they had played leading up to the tournament.

“I have been playing quite a few T20s recently, around 15-20 in the last month or so,¬†I think I am in very good shape, I understand the game better than before.¬†Earlier I was struggling to pace my innings. I used to attack from ball one. Now I think I am batting more cleverly – attacking as well as picking up the singles. That’s how you should bat in T20s,” Hasan said.

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