Bangladesh, Asia Cup 2018, Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan says the side has batted poorly and individuals should not get the blame. Image Courtesy: Getty

Bangladesh all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan feels the batting effort was poor from the entire team and not from any individuals in the Asia Cup 2018.

Moreover, Bangladesh opening stand has blamed for the poor show in their Asia Cup 2018 matches.

They failed to put pressure on Afghanistan and India in the UAE. The southpaw, Nazmul Hossain Shanto and wicketkeeper-batsman, Liton Das are the opening pair for Bangladesh. They have taken charge since Tamim Iqbal left with an injury.

However, Shakib Al Hasan saw it as a failure of the entire batting department and did not want to blame on the particular individuals. Moreover, Skakib wants an improvement from the top-order, middle order, as well as The Tigers, are in a, do or die situation, as they will play against Afghanistan on September 23 (Sunday).

Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2018
Bangladesh and Afghanistan would face off in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Photo Credit: Getty Images

“Overall, we have not batted well. To tell the truth, it was only against Sri Lanka, and that too one innings. Apart from that, no one played well. So, for three matches on the trot, we have not played good cricket, especially batting. There is a lot of room for improvement, and it is not just the top-order, the middle-order or the lower-order. It is in all areas that we have to be better,” Shakib Al Hasan said to the media.

Furthermore, Bangladesh while playing with Afghanistan had gone with a casual approach for strategical reasons. It was, however, reflected on the scoreboard getting all out for just 119 runs while chasing 256.

“It is because we have been in situations like this before but have successfully overcome them, I believe that we have the ability to do that now. We have to try and play the cricket we are used to playing. Of course, it won’t be easy to play the natural game in this situation, but even then I don’t think we are in any situation that cannot be overcome,” Shakib Al Hasan explained.

Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup 2018
Afghanistan had beaten Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2018. PC: Getty Images

Bangladesh and Afghanistan will face off in the Super Four in Asia Cup 2018 on Sunday.

Arijit Chatterjee

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